The Parent’s Packing Guide For Summer Camp

School’s almost out and it’s time to start planning for their summer adventures! Make sure they don’t forget the essentials with this helpful guide. Whether you are preparing your kids for summer camp or a family road trip, this checklist will ensure that they have everything they need.

Things to remember:

Before you go shopping for the trip, make sure you know what the summer camp requirements are, and add them to the packing list if necessary. Some camps may ask you to provide bedding materials for your child, so it’s always best to ask them directly.

Double-check the dates for the trip, and plan to pack one-and-a-half times the number of days they will be there. Be sure to wash any new clothing and linens before packing them. Check all of their electronics to see if they are working properly, and put new batteries in them as needed.


  • Label your child’s belongings to prevent them from getting lost or misplaced during their stay.
  • Organize your child’s clothing in vacuum-seal plastic bags to maximize space and keep outfits dry.
Child attending finger print summer camp
Child attending finger print summer camp

The Summer Camp Packing List

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  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat or beanie
  • Bandana, scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof gear
  • Light jacket
  • Hoodie/sweater
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Undergarments
  • Jeans/pants
  • Shorts
  • Sweatpants
  • Pajamas
  • Cotton bathrobe
  • Hiking boots
  • Flip flops
  • Water shoes
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit


  • Toiletry bag or organizer
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Hair elastics, headbands
  • Bobby pins
  • Shower caddy
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Liquid soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Tissues
  • Washcloth
  • Prescription medications
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Mini first aid kid
  • Bath/pack towel
  • Beach towel
  • Glasses, contacts, cleaning solution
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss

Miscellaneous items

Summer camp will be even more fun if your little ones have everything they need! If your child is nervous about leaving home, hide a note in their bag that will make them smile when they find it and remind them of how much you miss them. Follow this packing checklist to make sure they have everything they need to have a good time and make new friends!

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