Preparing your child to leave for summer camp is almost as hard as deciding what camp to go to! You don’t want them to be away from home and not have something that they need. I am a list girl, so I use a checklist to make sure everything is packed, and I send the same checklist with my child to make sure it all comes back (not that I believe they actually go through my list with a fine toothed comb…but hopefully it will act as a reminder. Here is a list of items that your child may need at camp.


  • t-shirts
  • shorts
  • lots of extra socks
  • long pants
  • jeans for horseback riding
  • long sleeve shirts
  • jacket
  • rain coat
  • underwear
  • bathing suit
  • pajamas
  • sandals
  • running shoes
  • hiking boots
  • rain boots
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • prescription eye glasses with case and cleaning cloth
  • bag for wet or dirty clothes

Personal Care

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • floss
  • hairbrush
  • hair elastics
  • wash cloth
  • bath towel
  • swim towel
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • bandaids
  • any medication required


  • books
  • music
  • deck of cards or travel games
  • frisbee/soccer ball/ball glove (whatever your child enjoys)


  • sleeping bag
  • sheets
  • pillow
  • extra blanket
  • flashlight
  • notebook and pen for journal or collecting addresses from friends
  • address cards to give to friends so they can stay in touch
  • disposable camera(s)
  • stamped and addressed envelopes so they can write home

Visit the Our Kids website to see their ebook “Preparing for Camp” for other great tips to get you and your child ready for camp.

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