Know What to Pack for Camp

by Stanley Thomas

A Typical Camp List

Most camps furnish a clothing and equipment list. Recommendations vary, so if you haven’t already received the list, ask for it. Meanwhile, to activate your shopping radar, here is a typical list.

Clothing
q Shorts 5-6
q T-Shirts 7-9
q Sweatshirts 2
q Zippered sweatshirts 1
q Sweatpants 1-2
q Jeans 2
q Socks 12 pairs
q Underwear 7-9 pairs
q Swimsuits 3-5
q Pajamas/nightwear 3 pairs
(include flannel and
lightweight options)
q Raincoat/poncho 1
q Windbreaker/jacket 1
q Set of dress clothes for
special occasion 1

Footwear
q Sneakers 2 pairs
q Hiking boots 1 pair
q Sandals/watershoes 1 pair

Bedding And Linen
Some camps provide bed linens and towels and some do not. Please check to see if you will need to pack sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels for your camper.
q Laundry bag 1

Toiletries
q Soap
q Soap dish
q Toothbrush
q Toothbrush holder
q Toothpaste
q Cup
q Deodorant
q Q-Tips
q Brush
q Comb
q Shower cap (girls)
q Shampoo/conditioner
q Nail clippers
q Tissues

Personal Items
q Stationery & stamps
q Pens/pencils
q Games & books
q Camera & film
q Sunscreen
q Extra batteries
q Hair dryer
q Baseball cap
q Flashlight

Athletic Gear
Most camps can provide sporting equipment but your child may prefer to bring her own.
q Softball/baseball glove
q Shin guards 1 pair
q Mouthpiece
q Athletic supporter w/cup (boys)
q Tennis racquet
q Knee pads 1 pair
q Rollerblades
q Protective helmet for specific sport
q Protective pads
q Hockey stick
q Skateboard

Miscellaneous Items
q Sleeping bag
q Soft trunks
q Water bottle/canteen
q Insect repellent
q Fishing rod
q Guitar
q Costumes or props for special events

Source: National Camp Association

It is almost time to get the kids ready for summer camp. That means knowing the right gear to pack.
“Summer camp is like any other life experience. The better you prepare for it, the more you get out of it,” says camp expert Christopher Thurber, PhD. “Although many families dread packing, don’t leave it all to the last minute. At the very least, knowing what and how to pack can decrease the chances of forgetting important items or running out of things half-way through the session.”
Dr. Thurber, author of a camp handbook and the American Camp Association’s CD/DVD series The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success ($9.95, www.acabookstore.org) offers these preparation tips.
Label everything. Ensure your child holds on to his own stuff.
Don’t forget the “first aid” pack. Remember camp is often about exploring and enjoying the great outdoors, so be sure the toiletries you pack include the following: • Insect Repellent. Don’t pack an aerosol can. Get lotion or stick repellent instead. OFF lotion or Cutter’s stick repellent will likely suffice.
• After Bite or a similar product to soothe insect stings and bites in case the repellent doesn’t do the trick. Include Benadryl, particularly if bites give your child a histamine reaction.
• Sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF rating of at least 15. In case that doesn’t work, also pack sunburn relief lotion.
• Lip Balm. Sun, cold and dry weather can all chap lips, especially if your child is not used to those
environments.
• Poison Ivy/Poison Oak protection with SPF. To help guard against an allergic reaction to poison ivy, pack
a poison ivy block or pre-contact protective lotion. A new product, büji Block, protects against poison ivy/oak by helping inhibit absorption of urushiol oil, the source of allergic reactions. It also contains an SPF 20 UVA/UVB sunscreen.
In case your child comes in contact with poison ivy, pack büji Wash, a gentle, exfoliating cleanser that works after exposure by washing away the urushiol oil.
Don’t hesitate to contact your child’s camp with any specific first aid and other health-related
questions.

Stanley Thomas is a local freelance writer.