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Comprehensive Guide: What to Pack for Camp?

Summer camp is such a great experience for kids. It gets them out and about doing something they love, learning something new and usually making new friends. I remember the days of sending my kids to summer sports camp and having them love every second. Plus they were so tired so it was a win win all around. 

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable time for your young athlete, it’s crucial to pack all the necessary items they may need during their stay. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide to help you pack the best items for your kids’ sports camp this summer, ensuring their comfort, safety, and preparedness for an active and memorable camp experience.


Sports Gear and Equipment 

Pack the appropriate sports gear and equipment specific to your child’s sport. This may include athletic shoes, cleats, socks, mouthguard, helmet, shin guards, gloves, racquets, bats, or any other sport-specific equipment. Check with the camp beforehand to ensure you have all the necessary gear and consider labeling each item to avoid mix-ups.

TIP: Highly recommend extra socks, wet and cold feet are a no no!

Comfortable Clothing

Include a variety of comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing items such as t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, socks, and undergarments. Pack enough sets for the duration of the camp, taking into account potential weather changes and daily activities. Opt for breathable fabrics that allow for freedom of movement and quick drying.

TIP: Pack rain gear, you never know what will happen and having a light rain jacket is helpful.

Protective Gear and First Aid Kit

Safety should be a top priority when packing for sports camp. Include necessary protective gear like helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and goggles, depending on the sport your child will be participating in. Additionally, pack a basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, sunscreen, insect repellent, and any specific medications your child may require.

TIP: Sunscreen is a biggie, make sure your camper has different kinds of sunscreen and that it is easy to apply.

Hydration Essentials

Staying hydrated during physical activities is essential. Pack a reusable water bottle for your child, encouraging them to drink water regularly. Additionally, consider including electrolyte-enhanced drinks or powders to replenish vital minerals lost during vigorous exercise.

TIP: Hydration powders are a great way to add something new while also keeping the amount of items you pack light.

Snacks and Nutritious Food

Provide your child with a supply of healthy snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, fresh fruit, yogurt, or pre-cut vegetables. These nutritious snacks will keep their energy levels up throughout the day. If the camp does not provide meals, pack easy-to-prepare meals or meal replacement options to ensure they have balanced nutrition.

TIP: Anything prepackaged is a plus like single serve peanut butter and applesauce.

Personal Care Items

Remember to pack personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and any other essentials your child may require. Include items specific to their needs, such as hair ties, sunscreen, lip balm, and any personal hygiene products.

TIP: Don’t forget flip flops to wear in the shower and a little carry tote to make it easier to bring things back and forth to the bathrooms.

Entertainment and Comfort Items

To keep your child entertained during downtime, pack items like books, playing cards, puzzles, or small toys. Comfort items such as a favorite stuffed animal, a cozy blanket, or a sleeping bag can help create a sense of familiarity and promote better sleep in an unfamiliar environment.

TIP: This is also a great time to get something small and special for your camper and add a little note that you will miss them but hope they have so much fun too!

Miscellaneous Essentials

Don’t forget to pack items like a flashlight, extra batteries, a laundry bag, a notepad, and writing utensils. These miscellaneous essentials can come in handy during the camp, ensuring your child is well-prepared for any situation that may arise.

TIP: Find out if there is AC, this is a good time to pack a small fan so they can stay cool at night.

By packing the essential items listed above, you can ensure your child’s comfort, safety, and preparedness for their upcoming sports camp adventure. Remember to tailor the items to the specific needs of your child’s sport and the camp’s guidelines. We hope these items were helpful and that your athlete and camper have the best time at camp!

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About the author: 

Amy Masters is a sports mom, coach and club administrator. She has been coaching youth sports for over 10 years. She started Jr Lions Field Hockey, the youth recreation program for the Hunterdon County community growing it from 40 players in year 1 to 150 players by year 3. A few years later, she saw the love and competitiveness grow then started Omega Field Hockey Club serving NJ and PA players. Prior to coaching, she was a collegiate field hockey player for Lock Haven University. In her spare time (lol), she is head of marketing for iSport360, where she brings her love of sports to a bigger audience. 

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May 23, 2024

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