The Ultimate Summer Camp Packing List

I was an avid camper.  I spent each summer as a child relishing my time at camp with my camp buddies.  I attended both mountains and beach camps, Camp Greystone and Camp Seafarer.  

My children have followed in my footsteps. They too LOVE camp.  Here are few snaps from our drop off including the famous Greystone Scones.






I have already packed and sent one child to camp this summer.  In putting together all the gear and following our camp packing lists I thought I should share additional items that we think are essential.

Lap Desk

Eno with straps

Friendship Bracelet kit or sting

Activity books / Doodle books


Headlamp (for reading in your bunk)


Paddle Ball

Musical Instrument

Mad Libs

Rashguard (easy sun protection)

Day tote / backpack


Music Speaker (if permitted)

Water Misting Fan

Sunscreen Sticks

Face Wash Cloths



What “must haves” have I missed?  

So jealous of this schedule. What fun!


Happy Camping. 

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  • June 3, 2015

    Love your list!! My daughter attends Camp Skyline and is the highlight of her year. We will even be traveling from Germany to attend this year. One of the best suggestions we were given is a bath mat to keep next to her bed so she could wipe her feet before getting in to bed at night. Keeps all the sand and dirt out of her bed. Have a great summer!!

  • June 3, 2015

    I love your blog! I look forward to reading it every day! What great ideas about packing for camp. My two boys go to camp Seagull where my husband went as a child. They are counting down the days until it is time to go. I am ordering the bed rest and music speaker today!

  • June 3, 2015

    My super cute niece is a counselor there this summer (after years as a camper) tell your sweet camper to look out for her, Sarah Carter F.

  • June 5, 2015

    Hi Holly! I was your co-counselor at Camp Seafarer in the mid-80s. Maybe cabin 36??? Kathryn H was in our cabin too. The other cabin counselor was Elizabeth. Fond memories!
    My nephew has been going to Sea Gull for a few years now. I love hearing about all the changes and additions.
    I adore your blog, and read it regularly. Great job, Holly!

  • November 17, 2015

    Great list of items to pack for your child when sending them away to camp. Nice post

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