You’re sending your son to the sports camp this summer, but do you have everything you need to understand him? Trying to remember everything can be overwhelming, and while the camp may send you a suggested packing list, the organizers may not have included everything your child will need.
Be it day camp , A night camp Or a week full of your child’s favorite sport, let’s review a list of supplies to pack. Don’t forget to label everything.
Day camp packing list
Many sports programs offer only day camps. Although you won’t have to pack a lot of items, it’s a good idea to send your child supplies to get through the day.
- Backpack (ideally strong, but light)
- I have lunch
- Combined lock (if required)
- Extra socks
- Boron hat and / or sunglasses
- Medications your child takes regularly or may need (learn about camp policy in advance)
- Reusable water bottle
- Spending money
- Sports equipment and safety equipment (make sure everything fits and is in good repair beforehand)
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, lip balm, hand sanitizer
- Swimsuit, glasses and towel in a plastic or waterproof bag
- Windbreaker or sweatshirt (in case of cold weather or rain)
Overnight camp packing list
Night sports camps, whether it’s a single night or a whole week, will require more training. You want to make sure that your child has everything he needs to participate in the day’s activities and to sleep comfortably at night.
Be sure to include sportswear, safety equipment, special footwear, such as spikes or ice skates, etc. Check in advance if everything fits well and that it is not worn or broken.
If your child is going to use a closet, be sure to provide a combination lock.
Clothing should include shorts and t-shirts (or anything else your child is wearing to play sports), along with plenty of socks and underwear. Sweatshirts, sweatpants and a light rain jacket should be included on colder days, and pajamas are required for the night. Flip-flops or sandals can also be packed for downtime. Some camps have a special event or two that also requires more elegant clothing.
It depends on how tough your child is in terms of clothing and clothing available, but a set of clothes for each day of camp, plus two spare, is a good rule of thumb. You may want to provide a laundry bag (even a labeled garbage bag) for your child to store dirty clothes.
It is also a good idea to find out if there are any special spiritual days when your child will need to wear a certain color or even a costume.
Even in other sports camps, your child will probably have the opportunity to swim. Consider packing a swimsuit or two, goggles, flip flops, earplugs (if needed) and a beach towel if the camp doesn’t offer them.
Each camp is different, but you may need to provide sheets, pillowcases, a pillow, a blanket or a sleeping bag, towels and a laundry bag. Be sure to check out the camp to see what it has to offer.
Protection against the sun and insects
Hats, sunglasses and more sunscreen I can protect your athlete from the sun. Lip balm is also an important sunscreen. Make sure your child understands that sunscreen should be applied daily and reapplied frequently.
Check with the camp to see if an insect repellent is needed, if it is provided, and if it is allowed. You can also get a recommendation for a spray that helps protect you from insects that are native to your child’s camp.
Pack what your child regularly uses. Be sure to include a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap and a towel. Your child may also need a small bag to carry and bring items from the showers.
In the kit, include some basic first aid items, such as bandages or blisters. Also learn about the camp’s prescription and over-the-counter medication policy that your child may need. These must often be kept and dispensed by camp medical staff.
Books, magazines, letter supplies and stamps are also good things to pack. You can also carry a diary, craft supplies, a Frisbee or Hacky Sack. Whatever your child likes to fill his free time.
Many camps do not allow electronics because the camp offers children a time to disconnect . If allowed, you can pack an MP3 player, a phone or a tablet with the appropriate charger. However, remind your child that camping is about sports and making new friends, so reducing screen time can help him or her make the most of the experience.
If your child does not bring a smartphone to camp, find out if you need to provide a calling card for home calls. You may want to bring a cheap disposable camera if your phone does not arrive.
There are always the little things that need to be packed for the camp. Most children will find a flashlight, a water bottle, a small fan and an alarm clock. If the camp allows, you can also pack your favorite snacks.
Finally, ask about spending money. Find out if it’s allowed and get a recommendation on how much is needed. Make sure your child has instructions on how to spend money wisely.
A word from Verywell
Sports camps offer children an excellent opportunity to hone their skills and meet new people who share an interest. By packing everything they need, you can help them have fun.