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Time to pack for camp!

Whether you send your kiddos to camp for a week or the whole summer there are a few essentials they need to carry each day to brave the sun, the rain, the bugs.

boysatcampHere’s our camp checklist to help keep track of all of the essentials and make camp mornings easy and stress-free. Print your own copy and tuck into your child’s bag so they can check off everything they should bring home.

This list of items for day camp should fit into your child’s backpack.

___ Sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 45 (I think the roll-on kind is easier for younger kids to re-apply it themselves.)

___ Insect repellant wipes and/or insect repellent wristband (Do not send an aerosol can of insect repellant–the spray will sting if it gets in your child’s eyes.)

___ Bathing suit and towel (I recommend the cheap, super thin ones–less bulk in the backpack.)

___ Water bottle filled with ice-cold water

___ Hat

___ Comfortable running shoes or closed-toe sports sandals WITH socks

___ Extra set of clothes (especially a pair of socks and shirt if they get wet from the rain)

___ Rain poncho (rolls up small)

___ Medication: All camps should have your child’s medical information on file. Having an extra note with details in their backpack and attached to their Prescription medication and/or Epi-Pen is helpful.

___ Food: Most day camps will provide lunch and snacks. If you pack a lunch it should be easy to eat on the ground. A sandwich (avoid peanut butter since most camps are nut-free), fruit and a juice box or water makes for a healthy lunch. Granola bars make an excellent snack. Some camps may have snack bars — find out the rules and cost of items ahead of time so you can plan if and how much money you want your child to have everyday. I recommend putting money in a zippered change purse or Ziploc baggy. Notify the camp of any food allergies your child may have.

___ Change purse with $1-$2 for snacks
___ Benadryl cream for itchy mosquito bites

Read what parents added to the list last year and please add your suggestions in the comments below.

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  • Cricket: You just need to pack a “Master Bag” for the week and replace the daily items as needed – airing out bathing suit and towel, filling up water bottle, packing lunch, and spending money.

  • these lists are so handy, but honestly–it makes my head spin! every day of camp it’s such a struggle to remember everything. so thanks for this.