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Don’t Forget to Pack These 10 Things For Your Kid’s Camping Trip

by | May 1, 2019

I remember how excited I was to go to a science camp (Walden West) in beautiful Saratoga, California with my school in 5th grade. It was such a life changing experience that I went back to volunteer as a cabin leader when I was older and it’s what inspired me to eventually become a teacher. After going through the motions of packing for a week away at camp multiple times, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that will be beneficial for parents helping their children pack for camp. Whether they’re only going away for a week this spring, or for a few weeks in the summer, we’ve got your back. Don’t forget to pack these 10 things for your kid’s camping trip.

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Don’t forget to pack these 10 things for your kid’s camping trip

Vegan Sunblock

Sunblock is one of the most important things to pack for your kids, just make sure that they know how important it is to wear it at all times even if it’s not sunny! My favorite kid-friendly vegan sunblock is Sun Bum.

Chapstick with SPF

Similarly to sunblock, pack a chapstick (or two if you think one may get lost) containing SPF for your child. Again, Sun Bum is my favorite for this. All of their chapstick scents are delightful!


If there is a pool or a lake available for the campers, packing a rashguard (typically used for surfing) is a great way to get extra sun protection while in the water.


Don’t forget to keep the noggin and face protected with a hat!

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Pack these 10 things for your kid’s camping trip

Field Journal

A small field journal can double as a way for your kids to document all of the fun things that they have been doing at camp. They can also collect signatures from all of the new friends they make while away.

Allergy Medicine

Given to either the nurses’s office or the teachers ahead of time, having allergy medicine packed just in case can be a major life saver.

Mini Flashlight

Something that always comes in handy! Pack a tiny one your kid can clip to a small backpack in case of emergency.

Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Stainless steel is a much better option than plastic. It also can keep water cold for so much longer! My water bottle of choice is the Hydroflask (I recommend 20oz for those in 5th grade and below and 32 oz for those in middle or high school). Other options are Yeti and Swell.

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Pack these 10 things for your kid’s camping trip

Disposable Camera

A picture’s worth a thousand words! Pack a disposable camera for your child to document all of his memories. A waterproof disposable camera is even better just to be on the safe side.

Something From Home

Homesickness is very real and more common than you may think! Pack something from home, such as a small family photo or their favorite blanket for those times they may be missing the family while away at camp.

Will you be packing any of these 10 things for your kids when they go to camp? What other items would you recommend other parents pack? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

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