What to Pack for Summer Camp: An Essential Checklist

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What to Pack for Summer Camp: An Essential Checklist


Clothes and Outerwear

​Summer camp is a great time to explore new activities, make new friends and create lasting memories. But before you head off to camp, you need to make sure you have the right clothing and outerwear. Here are some tips on what to pack for summer camp.

First, you will need to pack some comfortable clothes that you can move and play in. You might want to pack a few T-shirts, shorts and capris. If you plan on doing any hiking or outdoor activities, make sure to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes and socks. And don’t forget to pack a swimsuit!

Next, you will need to pack some layers for the cooler evenings. A sweatshirt or light jacket will be perfect. You might also want to pack a pair of long pants or leggings for the cooler evenings.

Finally, don’t forget to pack some essential items like sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and insect repellent. These items will help you protect yourself from the sun and mosquito bites.

With the right clothing and outerwear, you’ll be sure to have a great time at camp!

Toiletries and Hygiene Products

​When packing for summer camp, be sure to pack all of the necessary toiletries and hygiene products to keep your child clean and comfortable during their stay. Here is a list of items to pack:

-Toothbrush and toothpaste
-Body lotion
-Feminine hygiene products
-Bug spray
-First Aid kit

Medications and First Aid Kit

​As a responsible camp counselor, you want to make sure your campers are safe and healthy while at summer camp. That means packing a first-aid kit and bringing along any medications they may need when out and about. But what exactly should you include in the kit? And what if your camper has never taken medication before? Here’s a guide to help you get started.

First, check with the camp to see if they have any specific requirements or recommendations for the first-aid kit. Some camps may require that you include certain items, such as insect repellent or sunscreen. Others may have their own first-aid kits that you can use, so you may not need to pack your own.

Next, take inventory of any medications your camper is currently taking. If they have any allergies or chronic medical conditions, be sure to bring along enough of their medication to last the entirety of the camp session, plus a few extra days in case of emergencies. It’s also a good idea to pack an extra prescription in case the original gets lost or damaged.

If your camper doesn’t take any regular medication, you should still pack a few basics in the first-aid kit, such as Ibuprofen for pain relief, antihistamines for allergies, and antacids for upset stomachs. It’s also a good idea to pack bandages, gauze, and other first-aid supplies.

When packing the medications and first-aid supplies, be sure to label everything clearly with your child’s name if they have a pre-existing condition. This will help fellow camp counselors keep track of who takes what and when. It’s also a good idea to put all the medications in a daily pill organizer so that it’s easy to keep track of when they need to be taken.

Finally, make sure you talk to your campers about their medications. Explain how and when they should take them, and what to do if they miss a dose. It’s also important to let other colleagues know about your medications and any allergies they have. That way, they can also be prepared in case of an emergency.

Sleeping Gear and Bedding

​When you are packing for summer camp, you will want to make sure that you pack the right gear to keep you comfortable at night. Here is a list of what to take to summer camp to make sure you get a good night’s sleep:

-A comfortable sleeping bag that is rated for the temperature of the location where you will be camping.

-A camping pillow or a pillowcase for your regular pillow to protect it from dirt and moisture.

-A blanket or a bedroll to use as a bottom layer under your sleeping bag.

-A small fan to help circulate air in your tent or campsite.

-Earplugs or a white noise machine to block out any unwanted noise at night.

-Eye mask to block out light if you are trying to sleep during the day.

Cooking Gear and Food in the Woods!

​Summer camp is a great time to explore new things and get outside your comfort zone. For many people, that includes trying new foods and cooking over an open fire. If you’re new to camping or just looking to up your campfire cooking game, we’ve got some great tips for you.

When it comes to cooking gear, less is definitely more. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to make great meals over the campfire. A good quality skillet or Dutch oven is really all you need. If you’re cooking for a large group, you may want to bring a second skillet or Dutch oven so you can cook multiple things at once.

As for food, there are endless possibilities. If you’re short on time or don’t want to hassle with cooking a big meal, simple things like hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled cheese are always crowd-pleasers. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, there are tons of recipes out there for campfire-friendly dishes like foil packet meals, Dutch oven casseroles, and even desserts.

No matter what you decide to cook, make sure you bring along enough food to feed everyone. It’s always better to have too much food than not enough. And don’t forget the condiments! Ketchup, mustard, and mayo are must-haves for hot dogs and burgers. Other popular campfire snacks include s’mores, roasted marshmallows, and popcorn.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your menu and get packing for an unforgettable campfire cooking adventure!

Entertainment and Electronics

​What to take to summer camp:

It can be tough to decide what to take to summer camp. You want to make sure you have everything you need to have a great time, but you don’t want to overpack. Here’s a list of essential entertainment and electronics to take with you to camp:

-A good book. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure to embark on or just want to escape into another world for a little while, a good book is always a great idea to take to camp.

-Your favorite movies. If you’re going to be spending any rainy days at camp, make sure to bring along your favourite movies to watch.

-A portable speaker. A must-have for any music lover, a portable speaker will let you enjoy your tunes anywhere.

-A camera. Whether you’re an amateur photographer or just love taking pictures, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all the memories of your camp experience.

-An extra charger. You never know when your electronics are going to need a little extra juice, so it’s always a good idea to pack an extra charger (or two) just in case.

Important Documents and Money

​When packing for summer camp, it’s important to remember to bring some key documents and money. Here’s a list of what to bring:

– Passport and Visa: The only way you will be able to enter and start your Camp New York placement!

– DS2019 Form – This is what we provide to you when you obtain your visa via your sponsor IENA

– Your insurance details: In case you get sick or hurt at camp, you’ll need your insurance information.

– Money: You’ll need money for spending money at camp, as well as for any emergencies that may come up, but of course you will also have your minimum salary of $2000 upon a completed placement. .

-A credit card: This can be useful for emergencies or for making purchases if you run out of cash.

– A revolut card: We help you get one of these and there’s nothing better for transferring currency into dollars.

– DBS Check: Camps will want to see a copy of your background check.

– A camp packing list: This will help you make sure you don’t forget anything important!

– Emergency Phone Number: We will provide this when you are at orientation

Special Items and Extras

​Being away from home is not always easy, but here are a list of things that are special items and extras!

– Flag! Be patriotic and bring your flag to put up at Camp loud and proud

– British? You might want to bring some tea and biscuits!

– Your Camp New York t-shirt – you don’t want to miss out on winning any of our photo and video competitions!

So, that is our guide on what to pack for Summer Camp with Camp New York!