Summer Camp Checklist

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The kids are heading off to camp, but, wait, did you remember to pack everything?

To help make sure you don’t forget anything, here are some suggestions on what to pack (and to make sure you get it all back, remember to label everything with your child’s name):

  • Toiletry bag with toothbrush and toothpaste, sunscreen, shampoo, soap and insect repellant for those pesky mosquitoes. If your child wears glasses or contacts, pack those as well as the cleaning solution.
  • Pack a hat, bandana and sunglasses for extra sun protection. And no need to worry that they’ll get a sunburn when you send them with UV Skinz clothing and swimwear.
  • Swimsuit, goggles and beach towels (which can be used for bathing or swimming).
  • Rain gear or umbrella.
  • Sturdy footwear and socks along with flip-flops for the shower.
  • Reusable water bottle or canteen.
  • Laundry bag.
  • Stationery to write letters back home (don’t forget the stamps).
  • Something comforting from home, such as a family photo or stuffed animal.
  • Sleeping bag and bedding along with a headlamp or flashlight.

Check with your child’s camp about specific items they will need, such as spending money or dress clothes.

The American Camp Association also suggests reviewing camp packing lists and breaking in shoes and boots before camp begins. Check out the association’s complete list here.

Proper planning and packing will not only give parents peace of mind, but help create some happy campers as well.

Camps such as this one in New Hampshire will offer activities for children all summer long.

Camps such as this one in New Hampshire will offer activities for children all summer long.

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