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Camp Packing List

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Camp We Go!

After spending a weekend in camp country, I got nostalgic about the old beat up camp trunk I took on my childhood trips. Camps usually send a list to parents to help them prepare their kiddos for the weeks away from home, but it helps to have a second checklist to cross-reference so mama feels good about putting her sweet babe on the bus. Print this roster out and get to folding!

The Basics:

  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Sneakers
  • Swim shoes

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  • Flip-flops
  • Hat
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Sweatshirt or fleece for chilly nights
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Raincoat
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Swim coverup
  • Dresses or clothes for camp dances


  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair clips, headbands, rubberbands, etc.
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry bag to place all dirty clothes
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Nail clippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent

Personal Miscellaneous Items:

  • Camera and film
  • Batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Cards, books and other games
  • Music player with headphones
  • Band-aids
  • Sports gear — tennis racket, baseball glove, helmets or knee pads if the camp doesn't provide them
  • A protective cup for sporty boys
  • Stationery, pens and stamps so they can write home!


CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
YMCA camps do not allow flip flops, or any electronic devices such as radios, MP3 players, Nintendo DS, PSPS. Even if you label, kids still leave stuff behind and parents never come and get it. Our rule was you had the week to come and claim it, and then it was up for grabs. I had about 100 towels by the end of the summer with kids names on them.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
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