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

To see the rest,


  • 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!