The Last-Minute Summer Camp Checklist for Children

by MS Meenakshi

July 10th 2023, 5:31 pm

Ah, summer camp—a lovely time full of new acquaintances, thrilling experiences, and lifelong memories. Whether your child has never gone camping before or is a seasoned traveler, making sure they have the correct supplies is key to a successful trip. 


A summer camp could be quite different from those short family vacations your child has been on in the past, and so could the packing for it. To help you sort it out, we have compiled a last-minute camping checklist for you to pack for your child. Whether your child’s camp sessions are for a few days or a few weeks longer, make sure you pack the below must-haves!


Must-have summer camping checklist for your child


1)The essentials

Let's begin with the essentials. 


a) Clothes: Pack enough outfits for the entire camp, plus extras in case of unforeseen mishaps. Consider loose-fitting t-shirts, shorts, undergarments, socks, and, for chilly evenings, a lightweight jacket or sweater.

b) Toiletry: Pack a toiletry kit for your child that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer, and any other personal care products they might need. For convenience, think of including a tiny mirror and a shower caddy.

c)Footwear: For activities such as hiking, exploring, and other outdoor pursuits, your kid may wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Don't forget to take a pair of water shoes for any adventures involving water. Could also considering adding flip-flops to wear in the shower/around the cabin.


d) Bedding: A sleeping bag, pillow, and extra blankets are always a smart idea to bring for comfort, even though most summer camps offer bunk beds or cots.


3)Health and safety

Nothing is more crucial than protecting your child's safety and health while attending summer camps. To keep them safe and healthy, take into account the following:


a) First Aid bag: Include bandages, painkillers, insect repellent, antiseptic ointment, allergy medicine, and any prescription drugs your child might need in an essential first aid bag. A list of emergency contacts should also be included.


b) Water bottle: Remind your kid to stay hydrated while engaging in outdoor activities. You can pack your child a sturdy  and light water bottle they can carry while camping.

c) Snacks: Packing wholesome, non-perishable snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, or nuts. Snacks like these come handy when children are late for meals offered at the camps, or during undesignated times when they feel hungry.


3)  Camp-specific gears

Every summer camp offers a different set of activities and guidelines. The below camping checklist consists of specialized equipment that your child might need. Here are a few examples:


a) Swim Gear: If swimming is on the itinerary, bring swimsuits, towels, goggles, and a waterproof bag to keep wet and dry belongings separate.


b) Art Supplies: If your child has an artistic talent, pack a sketchbook, colored pencils, markers, or any other materials that could help them express themselves better.


c) Sports Equipment: If your child is an aspiring sportsperson, learn about the sports offered and add the necessary equipment such as a helmet for bike rides or anything else.


With the above last-minute comprehensive guide in your hands, there is no need to feel overwhelmed anymore about packing for your child. Get ready to put your little one on a beautiful outdoor camping adventure.


Happy summer camping!


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