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Travel Light: Tips on Packing and Gear

From toiletries to tennis shoes, a packing list for the prepared camper.

  1. Plan ahead — living out of a backpack, duffel bag, suitcase or trunk
  2. Review camp packing lists
  3. Label everything — laundry pens or iron-on and sew-in labels ID your camper's belongings
  4. Break in shoes and boots before camp begins

Packing From the Top–Down

Headgear

  • Scarves
  • Bandannas
  • Baseball caps
  • Sunhat
  • Eyeglasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming goggles

Clothing

  • T-shirts/tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • Jeans
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Sweater
  • Sweatshirt/sweatpants
  • Swimsuit
  • Dress clothes (check with camp)
  • Pajamas and robe
  • Underwear

Footwear

  • Boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Dress shoes (check with camp)
  • Socks

Bed and Bath

  • Towels — bath, hand and beach
  • Mattress pad
  • Blanket
  • Pillow and pillowcases
  • Sheets
  • Sleeping bag
  • Laundry bag

Bathroom Kit

  • Brush and comb
  • Shampoo
  • Soap and soap container
  • Toothbrush and holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Anti-itch ointment
  • Insect repellent
  • Feminine products
  • Sunblock
  • Shaving gear
  • Lip balm

Gear

  • Books and magazines
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Frisbee
  • Water bottle
  • Writing paper, envelopes and stamps

Check with camp on policies for electronics, musical instruments, sports equipment and special gear.

© 2005 American Camp Association Inc. Founded in 1910, the American Camp Association is a national community of camp professionals and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience.


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