Your Kid Might Forget These Common Items for Camp

Nothing is worse as a camper than being away from home and realizing you forgot your toothbrush. Actually, there are a lot of worse things, but speaking as both a past camper and camp counselor, toothbrushes seem to be one of the things kids are most embarrassed to ask for in the morning when they have bad breath. Wondering what your kid should bring to camp?

Fear not. 

There is a list.

USA Today released this article (copied below) and we think it’s pretty great!

Michelle Maffei at has put together a comprehensive guide of everything your little camper might need on his or her summer adventure.

If your child is staying closer to home, we’ve also included a checklist for summer day camps, courtesy us moms at All The Moms.

Overnight summer camp packing list

  • Bandanna/scarf
  • Hat
  • Glasses/contacts and cleaning solution
  • Prescription medication (make sure you’ve filled out paperwork that the camp might require)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles for swimming
  • Dress clothes and coordinating belts and shoes
  • Light jacket
  • Jeans
  • Rain gear and/or umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Sweatshirt
  • Swimsuit
  • Swim shirt with UV protection
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Underwear
  • Sweat pants or warm-up pants
  • Pajamas
  • Cotton bathrobe
  • Bras
  • Athletic support (jock strap)
  • Boots
  • Cleats
  • Flip flops
  • Shoes, plus a spare pair
  • Socks
  • Bedding (you may not need this — check with your camp to see what, if any, bedding to bring)
  • Hand towels
  • Beach towels (can be used for bath or swimming)
  • Shower caddy
  • Comb or brush
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Bug repellent
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Soap in carrier
  • Sunblock
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush, toothbrush container, and toothpaste
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Laundry bag
  • Reusable water bottle or canteen
  • Writing paper, pre-addressed envelopes, and stamps or calling card
  • Spending money (but check with camp for policies)
  • Comforts of home, like a family photo or a stuffed animal (just be sure it is replaceable)
  • Entertainment such as books, hacky sacks and deck of cards
  • Small backpack or tote if there are day-trips planned

Summer day camp packing list

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Lunch (check with camp on whether it is provided)
  • Snack (keep in mind most camps are nut-free)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Tote bag/backpack for carrying the above items
  • Cash (for buying treats/ice cream, etc.)

Happy camping!