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Tips for Packing for Sleepaway Camp

Packing for sleepaway camp can be hard or it can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips for when you are packing your trunk or bags.

1. Check the List:

Many camps will provide you with a list, either on their website or in their brochure. If they give you a list, make sure to pack everything on the list. If they do not give you a list, then make yourself one. Think about what activities you will be doing at your camp, and pack accordingly. Check things off of the list as you pack and stay organized.

2. Pack for all types of weather:

Even though it’s summer, camp can get cold at night, especially if your camp is in the mountains. Pack lots of warm-weather clothes like shorts, tank tops, and tee-shirts for the day time. Pack flannel pajama pants, sweatpants, long-sleeved shirts, and sweatshirts for night. Shoes are also an important thing to pack. You will probably need sneakers for the daytime, if you’re going to do sports and run around. Also, flip flops are a must. If you will be swimming, then flip flops are a great thing to wear from the lake or pool back to your cabin. Rainboots are also something to bring. If it rains, you can wear them all day and jump in puddles without ruining your sneakers. If you will be tubing or rafting at camp, you should bring some old sneakers or other tied shoes that you can get wet but that won’t fall off in the water.

3. Comfort is Key:

When you’re at camp, you want to be comfortable all day. You will be hanging out with friends are doing activites all day, so you don’t want to be adjusting you clothes and feeling uncomfortable in them. Pack loose-fitting tee-shirts and shorts like Soffes, which are cotton and soft. If you want to look cute in your clothes, then you can wear graphic tee-shirts, tank tops, and jean shorts of Soffe shorts in all different colors. Make sure your shoes fit right, since you will need to wear them all day.

4. Shower items:

Make sure you have enough of your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc BEFORE you leave for camp. It is sometimes hard to send a bottle of shampoo in the mail, so make sure you have it before you leave. I suggest bringing regular-sized bottles of everything, not travel-sized if you are staying for more than 2 weeks. Make sure you have the necessities such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor and blades, face wash, and lotion. Also, if you are female and old enough, make sure you have your feminine products (pads, etc).

5. Socks and Underwear:

Make sure that you have plenty of socks with you. I would suggest bringing around 16 pairs of socks, depending on how long you will be at camp and how often they do laundry. I often changed socks in the middle of the day at camp, so make sure you have enough. Same with underwear. Pack a lot of underwear, just in case.

Now you’re ready to head off to camp and have a great summer!