Packing Tips

  • Keep packing simple and limited to what you feel the camper will absolutely need.
  • There is no need to buy a “camp” wardrobe. Clothes should simply be comfortable, yet durable.
  • Shorts, t-shirts and jeans are staples of a camper’s wardrobe, and how many of these items a child will need depends on the length of stay and laundry facilities at the camp.
  • Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name on every item.
  • Be sure to pack long pants as well as shorts. Campers need leg protection on hikes and during horseback rides.
  • New shoes should be broken in and comfortable before leaving for camp.
  • A hat serves multiple purposes – it repels ticks during hikes in the woods, protects against sunburn in the open daylight and comes in handy during stormy weather.
  • A raincoat or poncho is a must.

Other equipment includes a flashlight with extra batteries, a camera with film, a canteen or water bottle, pre-stamped and pre-addressed stationary, sunscreen, lip balm, and insect repellent.

  • Check with the camp for advice on weather patterns, suggested bedding/sleeping bags, as well as for any other specific gear needed for that camp.
  • If your child takes medications, parents should send the medicine in the original bottle, along with dosage instructions.
  • DO NOT BRING radios, televisions, portable CD players, stereos, food, hunting knives or expensive clothes.
  • Camps have different policies on whether or not it is appropriate to bring spending money.

For more information, visit the American Camping Association, online at www.ACAcamps.org.

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