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Summer Camp Packing List

What to bring to day camp and overnight camp



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When it comes to going to camp, your kids need to bring it. That means you have to pack smart. Whether they’re off to day or overnight camp, stick to our packing list to make sure they’ve got everything they’ll need for summer fun. Click on a product for info about it.

Day Camp Packing List

✓ Backpack: A durable backpack with plenty of storage space, zippered compartments and an outside mesh water bottle pocket

✓ Swim gear: Waterproof sunscreen with a minimum 30 SPF, swimsuit, towel, goggles

✓ Clothes: Extra pair of shorts, T-shirt, socks and underwear, sneakers, flip flops, light jacket or sweatshirt, hat, raincoat or poncho

✓ Extras: Bug repellent, lip balm with SPF, hand sanitizer, reusable water bottle, tissues, sunglasses, plastic bags to store dirty or wet clothes, lunch and snack in a thermal tote bag if not provided by camp

Overnight Camp Packing List

✓ Trunk: Soft or hard trunk or large duffel bag

✓ For the cabin: Pillow, bedding (check with a camp director for cot size and dimensions), blanket, laundry bag, medications with dosage instructions, shower caddy, toothbrush with a container, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap, comb or brush, shower shoes, washcloths and towels, bathrobe, nail clippers, shaving cream, razors, tissues, plastic bags to store dirty or wet clothes

✓ Clothes: Jeans, shorts, sweatpants, pajamas, T-shirts, tank tops, a light jacket or sweatshirt, socks, bras, underwear, sneakers, flip-flops, cleats, boots, swimsuits, hat, raincoat or poncho

✓ For the outdoors: Sunscreen, sunburn lotion, lip balm with SPF, sunglasses, goggles, beach towels, bug repellent, anti-itch cream, reusable water bottle, backpack or tote bag, hand sanitizer

✓ Extras: Flashlight and batteries, books or magazines, spending money, journal, postcards and stamps, camera, a favorite toy or keepsake from home, small games, a family photo

Next page: Expert packing tips and cool camp products

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