If you've ever sent your kid off to Grandma's with a self-packed suitcase full of toys, then you might appreciate the art of a detailed packing list. Summer camp can typically range from a week to several months long — which means that your child is going to need a little more than a toothbrush and a swimsuit to get by. For even the youngest campers, our extensive summer camp packing list can be a game-changer.
Before packing for camp, check with your child's camp packing list provided by the organization. There may be things like bedding that you'll need to include in your child's gear.
Next, wash all new clothing before packing and remember to mark everything your kiddo will be taking, from socks to soap cases, with his name or initials.
Now, armed with an empty truck and your camping checklist, calculate how much clothing your child will need. The Summer Camp Handbook recommends you pack your youngster enough clothes to last one-and-a-half times the number of days he'll be at camp for camps that run a week or less (they probably don't provide laundry service), or the number of days between laundry service for camps longer than one week.
Here are the things you and your child will need to pack for a typical summer camp:
According to The Summer Camp Handbook author and psychologist Dr. Christopher Thurber, the first thing on your camping checklist when packing for camp should be to give yourself plenty of time to help your youngster pack for camp.
Also, remember to make it a team effort. "When you pack together and take your time, your excitement about summer camp can rub off on your child while also ensuring that nothing is forgotten when it comes to checking off your summer camp packing list." That way, you can relax knowing junior has everything he needs while away and can focus on having fun!
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Originally published May 2011. Updated June 2016.
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