When you send your child off to summer camp, there are many things that they will need to bring. Depending on the camp you choose everyone’s gear list will be different. Some camps require you to purchase things like camp tee shirts and uniforms from them or from their designated supplier, but there will be gear you need to get on your own and you want the best, something that the child will be able to use year after year and hopefully pass down to a younger sibling. .
When going to a sleep away camp, you need a foot locker. The camp may restrict the size, so be sure to check with them as to their requirements or limitations. Also, if the child to going for a long stay, a larger foot locker will be your best bet since they will be taking more gear with them. A good foot locker especially made for camp will cost over $100, and under $200.00. In most cases you can get a name plate put on the foot locker for a small additional cost and this is an excellent idea.
You camper will also need a duffel bag, to carry every day necessities. They now have duffel bags on wheels, and that is an excellent choice. They can go from about $85.00 all the way up to $200.00 and a good hand carried one can be had for about $40.00.
If your child is going to a camp that has overnight camping trips, a sleeping bag is a necessity and I would get a high end one. If it is not, then a sleeping bag is not required, but is still a good extra to include and a more moderate priced one is more than adequate. Sleeping bags can range in price from about $40.00 to $100.00.
It is just as important to check with the camp regarding what gear they do not allow as well as what they do allow. You may think it is ok to send your child to a camp with a pocket knife, and many camp suppliers do sell them, but it may be again the rules. If the camp allows these, they are good extras Books, puzzle books and travel games. If the game are electronic, include extra batteries. There is usually a quite time before lights out and these can come in handy then as well as on rainy days and during the free time periods and rest periods during the day.
And don’t forget the necessities. Pack some extra heavy socks, especially if there is going to be a lot of hiking. The right type of shoes, hiking boots if necessary and sneakers. Many camps have socials, so a special pair of good sneakers, or shoes only for special occasions, whatever is normal for the camp. Most camps require that the campers send letters home at least once a week so don’t forget notepaper, pens-more than one because they will be lost, loaned to another camper and or run out of ink. And don’t forget the stamps.
So check with the camp, get your facts, make a list with your child and get out the credit card. There is one advantage to sending your child off to camp that you may not think or be aware of. It is a great dress rehearsal for when you have to send them off to college, only a bit less expensive.