Make sure your child has everything they need each day to make day camp a fun and enjoyable experience.

Use the packing list below to help prepare for day camp.

  • Backpack: A backpack with multiple storage areas is best. Make sure some of the compartments are large enough to hold the extra set of clothes, swim gear, and towels that a day camper may need. Exterior pockets allow for quick access to smaller items, like tissues, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen. Easy accessibility to water will help your camper stay properly hydrated all day long.
  • Water Bottle: Water is the best drink for your child at camp. Not only is it the best at quenching thirst, but it also doesn’t include the sugar and calories in many other drinks.n Pack a refillable water bottle, so your kid doesn’t get dehydrated. Try to avoid packing sugary drinks, including soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice.
  • Lunch and Snacks: Pack nutritious food that will keep your camper going through the busy summer day.
    • Lunch Ideas:
      • Carrot sticks and sliced cucumbers with hummus or dip
      • Chicken nuggets
      • Cream cheese and veggie roll-up
      • Sliced cheese and/or deli meats with a variety of crackers
      • Turkey and cheese roll-ups
      • Turkey BLT wrap
      • Turkey, cheese, and veggie bento box
    • Kumbuka Day Camp is a nut-free zones. Be sure to check labels carefully and avoid all nut butters. Keep in mind that your child may not have easy access to utensils. Packing their lunch in a plastic, bento-style lunchbox with cutlery gives them the freedom to eat wherever they are.
    • Snack Ideas:
      • Easy-to-pack fruits (such as apples, oranges, and grapes)
      • Granola bars or cereal bars
      • Popcorn
      • Raisins
      • Sliced cheese, string cheese, or mini cheeses
      • Trail mix
      • Veggies and dip (such as celery or carrots with hummus)

You’ll want to avoid packing a lot of candy and sweets. Too many of these can make your child sick when outdoors in the heat. Instead, pack their lunchbox with snacks that are both tasty and nutritious.

Pack your camper’s food in a thermal tote bag with at least two ice packs. You can also include a little surprise in their lunchbox. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy—just something to let them know that you love them and are thinking of them.

  • Change of Clothes: Day camp can get wet and messy. Pack an extra set of clothing in case anything gets ripped, muddied, or wet. And don’t forget to pack extra pairs of socks and underwear. There’s nothing more miserable than going through the day with wet and dirty socks and underwear. Pack the spare clothes in an extra-large resealable plastic bag, so that your kids have somewhere to stuff their dirty or wet clothes. It may also be a good idea to pack an extra pair of shoes (preferably closed-toed) in case the ones they’re wearing get wet or muddy. Store these extra shoes in a plastic bag, separate from the rest of the clothes.
  • Swim Gear: Swimming is sometimes a weekly or even daily activity at camp. Your child will need:
    • A bathing suit
    • Goggles
    • Swim shoes or flip flops
    • Towels
    • Include an empty plastic bag in your child’s backpack to hold their wet swimsuits and towels.
  • Bug Protection: Consider sending insect repellent wipes to ward off bug bites. They will make it easier for your child to apply the insect repellent and avoid the possibility of spraying bug spray in their eyes or those of a fellow camper. Another option is an insect repellent wristband.
  • Sun Protection: At Day Camp we are going to be spending time outside, sun protection is a must (even when it’s rainy or cloudy). Pack sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to ensure your child isn’t returned to you at the end of the day chapped and burned. And don’t forget to pack lip balm with SPF to avoid chapped lips.
  • Toiletries: You’re going to want to send your camper off with enough toiletries to get by. Travel-sized or sample bottles of the following essentials work great. Things you might consider include:
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Tissues
    • Wet wipes

Don’t Forget the Details: Use a permanent marker to label the most important things: backpacks, clothes, shoes, towels, and plastic bags. Masking tape, painter’s tape, or wide rubber bands are all good options for labeling bottles.

With this day camp packing list, both you and your child can relax and enjoy the different pace that summer brings.