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Packing List for Teen Summer Camp

It’s summer break and the kids are out of school. Many teens and tweens are planning time at summer camp, so now is the perfect time to teach them how to pack. Sure, it’s easier sometimes for us to just jump in and do it for them, but this is a life skill that everyone should learn. What better time to teach than when it’s a fun event they are excited about? Here is a simple packing list for teen summer camp and a few tips to help make the process easier!

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Packing List for Teen Summer Camp

There are some basic things that all teens need to take when they get ready for an overnight or extended stay at summer camp or other conference settings. Help them learn the basics of packing smart by letting them do the work themselves.

Packing List for Teen Summer Camp


  • Casual clothes (1 set per day)
  • Underclothes (1 set per day + extras)
  • Dressy outfit (if needed for event)
  • Shoes for each outfit
  • Socks (if wearing tennis shoes)
  • Swimsuit (if needed)
  • Pajamas


  • Sheets/blanket
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag (if needed)

We have found that it is easiest for the teens to each have their own sleeping bag so they don’t have to pack a full load of bedding and sheets. My daughter recently upgraded to the Kelty Tru Comfort 20 which includes a 2 layer blanket system in the sleeping bag. This allows her to use both the inside zip up blanket and the top layer blanket or just pick and choose one of them if she gets too hot.

Kelty Tru Comfort Sleeping Bag

Built with an oversized mummy fit, 2-layer blanket system for unique temperature control, and comfort-Tuck zipper these bags let you snuggle like you do at home…that’s Kelty Built.

Kelty Tru Comfort Sleeping Bag


  • Money for incidentals
  • Paperwork (if needed)
  • Journal
  • Pen/Paper

Shower Gear:

  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Towel/Wash Cloth
  • Toiletries
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush

We typically keep a new travel toothbrush in the drawer so we don’t have to carry our everyday use toothbrush on a trip. These new toothbrushes from MouthWatchers come with a flip toothbrush holder to make them convenient for travel.

Packing List for Teen Summer Camp
  • mouthwash
  • Girls: Pads/tampons
  • Boys: Shaving gear if needed
  • Deodorant


Other Items:

  • Help your teen think through what other items they need to pack for their camp experience.
    Are they taking a guitar or their keyboard? If so, make sure they have extra batteries or guitar pick so they will be ready to make music all week long.
  • Will they be going on hikes or spending time out in the sun? Think about bug spray or sunscreen.
  • Are there any medical issues that might come up? Do you need to pack an extra supply of medicine, inhalers or other health supplies?
Packing List for Teen Summer Camp

How do you teach your teens to pack and prepare for camps? I’d love to hear!

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  1. For a teen if they happen to start a fire and burn themselves pack some lavender and peppermint essential oils then apply to the burn.

  2. This website is a good one to look at. I am going to a camp in about a week and I know what to pack, but I just wanted to have a look to see if there was anything I was missing. Great website x

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