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4-H Camp Series: Your Child is Prepared, You are Prepared, But is the Suitcase Prepared?

A few packing tips when packing for 4-H camp.

  • Pack light
  • You don’t need a whole new wardrobe. Everything gets dirty at camp.
  • Role your sheets, blankets, and towels all together in your sleeping bag. If it no longer fits in the carrying bag, wrap it with a belt. A belt can adapt to any size. Don’t forget the pillow!
  • Do not bring valuables, including money.
  • Bring an alarm clock that is not a cell phone. All cell phones will be collected at check-in.
  • A child’s medication is a must.
  • Make sure to bring glasses, retainer, contacts, etc. Bring extras if you have them.
  • Label everything. There are multiple youth in a cabin. Things can get mixed up.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray. Pack these in Ziploc bags so they don’t leak all over the clothes.
  • Bring a few garbage bags: one for dirty clothes and one fore wet clothes at the end of the week.
  • Spacebags are great to get to camp, but there is no vacuum when packing to leave.
  • Toiletries are best packed in Ziploc bags. Extra bags at camp are always a good thing.
  • Bring doubles and triples of the following items: towel, swimsuit, and closed toe shoes. It always rains at camp, and things are hung outside to dry. Drying off with a wet towel or putting on wet shoes is never fun.
  • Pack early. Don’t leave packing to the last minute. Plan ahead and take your time.
  • Don’t forget the shower shoes. Showers are taken in a bath house. It always feels better to have something on your feet.
  • Use the provided packing list from camp.
  • Pack together. Make sure both the youth and the adult know what is getting packed. This will help ensure that the camper knows what they have for camp.

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