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Teen Camp Pack List


Its almost camp time!!! And its DEFINITELY time to start packing for camp! Below you can find our list & some tips/tricks for what to bring/plan for @ Camp this summer!

Packing Tips/Tricks

“Rule of thumb: if you would cry if it got ruined or lost, don’t bring it…  For other things like swim suits and hats just remember to pack backups – one is bound to get lost, or mildewed, or… you get the idea.”


Rule of thumb: if you would cry if it got ruined or lost, don’t bring it. But apart from that, how much? With t-shirts, pack more than you think. Campers often need to change shirts at least once a day, especially with all the water activities, so think 2 shirts per day. With shorts, you can pack fewer. Mesh shorts and soccer shorts are the absolute best, because they dry so fast. For other things like swim suits and hats, just remember to pack backups – one is bound to get lost, or mildewed, or… you get the idea.


They mean it. Foot and ankle injuries are a nightmare at camp, for everyone involved. Some activities, such as climbing, require closed-toed shoes, and you don’t want to be left out. That said, a pair of cheap flip-flops for walking to the bathroom or shower are KEY. Also, shoes that can get wet such as old sneakers or water-shoes are great for the waterfront. In general, you can usually keep your expensive shoes at home and pack a sturdy pair of sneakers instead that can get messy & muddy instead!


AHHHH the age old question: sheets or sleeping bag. Well, which is it?

The answer is both! You need a fitted bottom sheet to cover the camp mattress. The sleeping bag then lies on top of that, and you can sleep in it unzipped, or zipped up on cooler nights. Pillow from home – yes. Extra pillow case – YES! It can help you carry things that don't fit back in your suitcase on your way home!

Be a Light

A flashlight is on every camp packing list. Duh. But don't forget batteries!!!!

Additionally, the headlamp is an option that is becoming increasingly more common at camp.

Stay Cool

Summer nights can be hot. Some packing lists include, “Fan, and extension cord.” Our advice: instead of fighting over an outlet, buy a decent battery-powered fan. The ones with the clip can be clipped to the bed for direct air-flow. Extra batteries are, of course, a must.

The Good Word

For any Christian camp, campers should have a Bible. And it is important that it be a Bible that you can actually use. The gold-paged King James from aunt so and so – that’s not going to help too much. Head to a book store and pick out a Bible for young adults or teens. NIV & ESV are all good translations, and there are others. Or ask your church’s youth and family director. Hopefully, this Bible will be something a camper can bring year after year.

A notebook and a few pens is a great idea too!

Trash Bags

I stuffed two large trash bags in a side pocket of my suitcase – one for dirty clothes and one for wet towels and swimsuits. I’ve made the mistake of not providing a wet item bag before and boy, did that dirty clothes bag stink! Bring two, and maybe a few for a friend who forgets!

Summer camp clothes
  • Short sleeve t-shirts
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Pyjamas
  • Sneakers
  • Flip flops
  • Slippers
  • Rain boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Deodorant
  • Deodorant
  • Deodorant
  • Bug spray
  • Aloe vera
  • Bath Towel
Other camping essentials
  • Twin Bedsheet
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Pillow Case
  • Flash light
  • Batteries
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Cards
  • Bible
  • Gum
  • Non-smart watch
What NOT to bring
  • iPod/MP3 Plyer
  • Electronic Games
  • Cell phone
  • Laptop
  • Electronics
  • Clothing with inappropriate or offensive words or pictures
  • Non-prescription drugs (prescription drugs often need to come in a bag and given to the nurse upon arrival)
  • Firearms/Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Knives
  • Expensive things
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