Ready, Set, Pack: Your Ultimate Guide to Discovery Camp Essentials!


Summer camp is a time-honored tradition that offers unforgettable experiences and memories for campers of all ages. Whether you’re a first-time camper or a seasoned veteran, packing for summer camp can sometimes feel overwhelming. Fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to pack for a successful and enjoyable summer camp adventure.

Why three bags for Discovery Overnight Camp?

Having a suitcase, day pack, and backpack serves different functions, ensuring campers are well-prepared and organized for their summer camp adventures. The suitcase provides ample storage for clothing, linens, and toiletries, offering a convenient way to transport larger items and keep living quarters tidy. Conversely, the day pack is lightweight and designed for shorter outings, equipped with essentials like water bottles, snacks, and rain gear for daytime activities. Its adjustable straps ensure comfort during hikes, making it perfect for day-to-day use. Finally, the backpack is tailored for longer outdoor excursions and overnight camping trips. Unlike the day pack, the backpack is designed specifically for backpacking trips, featuring padded hip straps that distribute weight evenly and reduce strain on the shoulders and back. These hip straps are crucial for comfort during extended hikes, ensuring campers can carry their gear comfortably and safely. Together, this trio of luggage ensures campers are equipped for every aspect of their summer camp experience, from daily adventures to overnight stays in the great outdoors.

Borrowing Gear

Don’t fret if you find yourself missing a certain item from the packing list for summer camp. Rather than rushing to purchase new gear, consider reaching out to us for assistance. We understand that not everyone has access to all the necessary camping equipment, which is why we offer a borrowing program for campers in need. Our gear inventory includes essentials like backpacks, sleeping bags, rain gear, and more. However, availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure your camper has everything they need for a fantastic week at camp, simply give us a call to reserve the gear required for their session. We’re here to help make sure every camper has a memorable and enjoyable experience, regardless of their gear situation.

Write Your Name on Everything!

Labeling everything with your name is a simple yet essential step to ensure that your belongings remain safe and easily identifiable throughout your time at summer camp. With numerous campers sharing common living spaces and using similar gear, it’s easy for items to get mixed up or misplaced. By clearly labeling your belongings, you minimize the risk of confusion and increase the likelihood of recovering lost items should they go astray. Whether it’s clothing, gear, or personal items, a visible name tag or label makes it easy for camp staff and fellow campers to return items to their rightful owner. Additionally, labeling your belongings fosters a sense of responsibility and accountability, encouraging campers to take ownership of their possessions and maintain organization throughout their camp experience. So, before you embark on your summer camp adventure, take a moment to label everything with your name – it’s a small but important step towards a smooth and enjoyable camp experience.

Packing for summer camp doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Remember to pack light, but don’t forget the essentials! And most importantly, embrace the spirit of adventure and camaraderie that summer camp offers. Here’s to an unforgettable summer filled with new friends, exciting adventures, and lasting memories!