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Summer Camp Packing Checklist

What to pack for Summer Camp?

As a mum of twins, I know getting ready for summer camp can be a bit chaotic. Especially if it is your kid’s first time... So what do you pack? Based on my own experience, I've put together a printable checklist to make things a bit easier for busy mums like myself. If I missed anything on that list, please let me know!

Download the full checklist + tips here, or simply scroll down to read the list

Basics and Essentials

  • Small backpack
  • Laundry bag
  • Sleeping bag – if you’re packing this, make sure you add an extra blanket
  • Bedding/Bedsheets
  • Pillows
  • Reusable water bottles
  • First Aid Kit – only in case your camp wants you to pack it. Most camps have their own first aid kits available and don’t want children to bring extra
  • Specific medication if your child needs it - it shouldn’t be in your kid’s bag though! Give it to the camp nurse with instructions on when it is to be given
  • Flashlight + spare batteries
  • Sunscreen + sunglasses
  • Insect repellent – make sure it’s kids-friendly. Usually sprays/aerosols are not allowed in summer camps – consider a cream or gel form

Clothes and Shoes

  • Hat/Bandanna/Scarf
  • Light jacket, depending on the weather. Hot temperatures often drop by evening so make sure your child has something warm to wear
  • Sweatshirt/sweaters
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Jeans/pants
  • Shorts
  • Pajamas
  • Cotton bathrobe
  • Boots, running/hiking shoes, flip-flops - plus a spare pair!
  • Socks – add a few extra pairs

Personal Hygiene

  • Toiletry bag or organizer - it's the easiest way for the child to bring it to and from the bathroom
  • Shampoo + Conditioner (ideally, in little travel-size bottles)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush + Toothbrush container + Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Towel/Beach Towel / Hand Towel
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Tissues

Swimming and Sports

  • Swimsuit + an extra one
  • Goggles for swimming
  • Beach towel
  • Water shoes or sandals for waterfront
  • Floatation devices (check with your camp list to see if these are necessary)

The Little Comforts

  • Comfort item to sleep with (stuffed animal, nice soft blanket, etc.)
  • Family photo – this is also fun to show their new friends at the camp!
  • Book/comic book if your child is into reading. Many camps don’t allow electronics or e-readers. Paper books are best for camp
  • Journal/notebook + pens/ pencil crayons
  • A sweet note to your little camper. This will brighten their mood! Tell them how excited you are that they get to have this adventure, and how happy you are for them. Place the note somewhere deep in their bag so that they’ll find it a few days after the camp starts

To print the full checklist + tips, download it here:

Happy packing!

Stephanie Hanna
Creator of Essmak Labels

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