The Ultimate SunCo Camping Checklist

SUN COMPANY | May 21, 2019

The Parent’s Packing Guide For Summer Camp

School’s almost out and it’s time to start planning for their summer adventures! Make sure they don’t forget the essentials with this helpful guide. Whether you are preparing your kids for summer camp or a family road trip, this checklist will ensure that they have everything they need.

Things to remember:

Before you go shopping for the trip, make sure you know what the summer camp requirements are, and add them to the packing list if necessary. Some camps may ask you to provide bedding materials for your child, so it’s always best to ask them directly.


TIP: Label your child’s belongings to prevent them from getting lost or misplaced during their stay.


Double-check the dates for the trip, and plan to pack one-and-a-half times the number of days they will be there. Be sure to wash any new clothing and linens before packing them. Check all of their electronics to see if they are working properly, and put new batteries in them as needed.


TIP: Organize your child’s clothing in vacuum-seal plastic bags to maximize space and keep outfits dry.


Child attending finger print summer camp

Summer Camp Packing List


  1. Sun hat
  2. Warm hat or beanie
  3. Bandana, scarf
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Waterproof gear
  6. Light jacket
  7. Hoodie/sweater
  8. Long sleeve shirts
  9. T-shirts
  10. Tank tops
  11. Undergarments
  12. Jeans/pants
  13. Shorts
  14. Sweatpants
  15. Pajamas
  16. Cotton bathrobe
  17. Hiking boots
  18. Flip flops
  19. Water shoes
  20. Socks
  21. Swimsuit


  1. Toiletry bag or organizer
  2. Hairbrush/comb
  3. Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  4. Hair elastics, headbands
  5. Bobby pins
  6. Shower caddy
  7. Deodorant
  8. Lip balm
  9. Nail clippers
  10. Liquid soap
  11. Shampoo and conditioner
  12. Tissues
  13. Washcloth
  14. Prescription medications
  15. Glasses, contacts, cleaning solution
  16. Bug repellant
  17. Sunscreen
  18. Mini first aid kid
  19. Bath/pack towel
  20. Beach towel


Miscellaneous items:

  1. Bedding, pillow (if needed)
  2. Sleeping bag
  3. Camera and charger
  4. Flashlight and spare batteries
  5. Headlamp
  6. Compass
  7. Emergency Whistle
  8. Laundry bag
  9. Reusable water bottle or canteen
  10. Writing paper, pre-addressed envelopes and stamps
  11. Spending money
  12. Books, decks of cards
  13. Journal/sketchbook, pens
  14. Backpack for day-trips
  15. Swim goggles


Boy reading with dinobryte headlamp
Summer camp will be even more fun if your little ones have everything they need! If your child is nervous about leaving home, hide a note in their bag that will make them smile when they find it and remind them of how much you miss them. Follow this packing checklist to make sure they have everything they need to have a good time and make new friends!

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