Things to Pack to a Summer Camp

Kids are often super excited to attend summer camps. Whether it is a musical, basketball, volleyball or a football camp for kids, there is absolutely no better place for your kids to spend the summer holiday. Through all the excitement, you certainly would get confused deciding what to pack and what not to pack. It is difficult trying to strike a balance between packing the right things and avoiding an overload.

Packing the right things is just as important as ensuring the safety of those items. Before we dive into essential items to include in your kid’s bag, let’s take a quick look at some tips to help guarantee the safety of your child’s belongings.

Packing Tips 

When you are packing for a summer camp, we suggest you exclude adding new and expensive clothes or shoes. The idea is to not attract unnecessary attention to your child, and allow them the fun of comfortably mingling with their peers. Below are tips we consider useful.Avoid packing items in small bags, as this would increase the chances of them getting lost.

  • Clearly mark your child’s first and last name on every item you include in the bag.
  • Involve your child in the packing process, this way they are able to identify the items they carry.
  • Ensure that all luggage carry tags containing your child’s name, address, your home or office number and the camp’s location.
  • Use bags or luggage that can easily fit into a car or a bus.
  • Include a laundry bag your kid can use for dirty laundry.
  • Avoid packing clothes that unnecessarily expose their skin to the sun.

List of Essentials to Pack 

The following essentials have been carefully selected to enable your kids to enjoy their summer camps.


If your ward or child is attending a football camp or any sport camps, packing up athletic shorts and shirts is very essential. For kids attending non-sport camps, we suggest you still include athletic clothing for outdoor activities. Other essential clothing includes, swimming suits, pyjamas, underwear, socks, sweatshirts, pants, long jacket, a cap or a hat, non-athletic shirts, shorts and disposable face masks. 


Running shoes are highly important in summer camps, in fact, they may be considered as the only shoes your kid will need during their stay in the camp. They are safe and comfortable for sports and all other camping activities.


You will certainly want to bring some mens water shoes for the trip. The only other footwear required are flip-flops or crocs. Depending on your choice, you could choose between the two. Flip-flops could be worn at the lake or in the shower. Crocs could be worn when walking or touring the camp site.


You can never go wrong with these. When packing toiletries, you should include: sunscreen, insect repellant, personal medications, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, sponge, shampoo, sanitizer, tissue and towels. 


Necessary equipment to pack up are bed sheets, a blanket, a pillow, plates, cups, a flashlight, water bottle, pool towel, pen, disposable camera and your child’s favourite toy.


Attending summer camps are a great way for your kids to explore, meet new friends and learn basic survival skills. The essential items and packing tips suggested above, will guide you when preparing them for this exciting journey.