The kids are getting excited for summer camp, it’s all they have been talking about for a week, with just one problem: Their mother is currently out of province and I’m thinking about packing them for their time away without her expert guidance and it has got me wondering; what are the best things to pack for a kid to make sure they have the right amount of fun without losing anything vital from the experience?
Off the top of my head I think of all the camping basics; sleeping bag, flashlight, bathing suit, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. But what do the experts say? For that I did a little looking around and found a couple of lists available for everyone to find on camps.ca and ontarioparks.com which both seem like good resources for getting the little ones off to camp with the right equipment.
Ontarioparks is more about camping in general which isn’t a bad place to start. Their list included the following:
But that all seems like a bit much, especially for a well equipped summer camp which will have much of that on hand as it is. Still it’s a good list to start.
To refine it a little I looked at a website dedicated to summer camps for kids, camps.ca which gave a much simpler list and a lot more advice on what kind of clothes and other things to pack and not to pack.
What to remember
Everyone’s’ summer camp packing list should include:
- Swimwear and sleepwear
- Comfortable, loose clothing
- Extra changes of very warm clothes and very cool clothes
- Rain gear
- Sunscreen (or any other UV protection)
- Insect repellent (aka “bug dope”)
- Summer hat with a wide brim
- Toiletries such as soap and shampoo, etc.
- Sturdy footwear that can handle rugged terrain
- Several towels
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Refillable water bottle
- Optional items such as cameras, writing supplies, musical instruments, books, games
What to forget!
- Portable MP3 players and other music players
- cellphones, PDAs, etc.
- Anything expensive that will likely only get broken
- Money that you will only be worried about losing
This was much more helpful and in line with what I had been thinking at the start of my packing list journey. There is far more to find on that site so if you’re in a similar predicament as myself or you are just curious you should follow the link and read up a little more.
But ultimately I knew there could only be one resource that would give me all the information I needed and so I went to it. And the list I got from their mom was as follows;
- Notebook, pen
- Book to read or sketchpad for rest hour
- Rain boots and Rain coat
- Running shoes, sandals, shoes for the beach
- Jacket, hoodie and sweaters for cool weather
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, hair brush and washcloth)
- Bath towel and Beach towel
- Sleeping bag, pillow, extra blanket, and maybe a stuffed animal friend
- Bathing suit
- Hat and Sunscreen
- One week of Summer Clothing
- 5 pairs of underwear
- 6 pairs of socks
- 5 shirts
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 2 pairs of long pants
- Optional: Camera, Bug Repellent, Flash Light,
- an email address to give to new friends so you can stay in touch
- a sense of adventure!
As you can see this list has pretty much everything on the camps list and a few other items. I feel that now I am fully informed and ready to send the kids off to camp! Hopefully you are now too.
Image from Richard Huskisson