With summer camp just around the corner, young girls are getting busy packing for a fun-filled and exciting week in the great outdoors.
There’s so much to remember when packing for your big adventure that it can get overwhelmingly, fast. Don’t worry. We’ve come up with a quick guide of things every girl should bring to summer camp.
32 Things Every Girl Should Bring to Summer Camp
If are looking for things you should bring then you are in the right place. Summer camp is a great way to spend the summer, but it can be overwhelming to pack for it, just before you go here are the things to bring to summer camp for fun:
1. Sunscreen: Sunburns are no joke! Protect your skin with at least SPF 30 sunscreen (and reapply often). No matter how old you are or what type of camp you’re at, sunscreen is essential. Not only will it prevent sunburns, but it can help protect your skin from wrinkles later in life.
2. Bug spray: Mosquitos can ruin any good time, so don’t get caught off guard by bringing some bug spray with DEET to keep the little flies away from your exposed skin. Even if there aren’t any bugs at your camp, the woods are full of them — and they can bite. Make sure you have bug spray so those pesky mosquitoes don’t ruin your time outdoors!
3. A good attitude: You’re going to meet new people and make friends — so don’t bring any negativity with you. You never know who you might meet at camp, and it’s better to be nice than not.
4. A towel for drying yourself off after swimming and for cleaning down your items when they get wet from rain or humidity (or sweat!).
5. An extra set of clothes in case something happens — maybe you spill something on yourself at dinner or get caught in the rain on an outdoor activity day! Having an extra set of clothes is always good just in case something happens while you’re away from home! A change of clothes for each day of camp (or at least enough for one additional day).
6. A swimsuit: Even if your camp doesn’t have a pool or lake, it’s always nice to have a swimsuit on hand just in case some spontaneous swimming happens. You never know when that might happen! Plus, if your camp does have a pool or lake, this will come in handy later in the summer when everyone is ready for some fun in the sun!
7. A hairbrush, hair ties, and bobby pins or barrettes (for girls with long hair).
8. A good book or magazine to read during free time or rest periods in the cabin (or both).
9. A journal for writing about your experience at camp: A journal for writing letters home to friends and family back home – or maybe even just yourself! Camp can be an amazing experience, but it can also be hard being away from home for long periods of time, so writing letters is a great way to stay connected with friends and family during your stay at camp!
10. A camera or cell phone with a camera function so you can take pictures of your friends and counselors at camp events and activities (and other fun things happening around camp).
11. An extra pair of socks and underwear in case you get wet or muddy while playing sports or doing other outdoor activities like paddle boarding or canoeing at camp (and an extra pair of shorts if needed as well).
12. A hat with a brim or visor for shade: The sun is really hot! Don’t forget this important item! This will protect your head from the sun as well as keep your head warm if it gets cold at night (especially if there are no blankets). Also, bring sunglasses so that your eyes aren’t blinded by the sun’s rays while playing sports or just hanging out at campfires during evening activities.
13. A good pair of shoes that will last all day long (and not get ruined by water). You’ll be doing a lot of walking at camp so make sure your feet are comfortable in your shoes.
14. Comfortable clothes for everyday wear at camp (no matter what activities you do) as well as for sleeping in at night when it gets cold outside!
15. “Sewing kit” that includes safety pins, buttons, thread, needle, and scissors (for repairs). It’s also helpful to have a small sewing machine just in case something needs fixing during camp time!
16. Water bottle: Bring one or two water bottles with you so that you can stay hydrated during the day when it gets hot outside (preferably one with a filter).
17. Towel (and a backup in case it gets dirty).
18. Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries: A flashlight or glow stick for evening activities like night hikes or campfires.
19. Hiking boots or tennis shoes (for walks around camp and hikes outside of camp).
20. First aid kit (bandages, disinfectant wipes, gauze pads).
21. A cell phone charger for emergencies only (don’t forget your charger!).
22. Toothbrush and toothpaste.
24. Shampoo and conditioner (or liquid body wash).
25. Soap/body wash/lotion (or use bar soap).
26. Face wipes (for removing makeup at night).
27. Lip balm with SPF protection (or chapstick).
28. Headphones or earbuds so you can listen to music without bothering others at night (or during quiet time).
29. Extra batteries for flashlights and other electronics like phones or speakers so they don’t die halfway through a movie or game night!
30. A good sleeping bag, your favorite pillow, pajamas, and a suitcase or backpack.
31. Rain gear: If there’s going to be rain in your area while you’re at camp, bring rain boots or raincoats.
32. A bathing suit and coverup for swimming times or water play activities like water balloon fights or slip ‘n slides!
How Do You Become Popular At Summer Camp?
Now that you have the list, it’s time to answer this question: how do you become popular at summer camp? Summer camp is the perfect time to make friends and have a blast, right?
However, if you’re looking to make an impression and become popular at camp, you’ll need more than just a great personality. So how do you become popular at summer camp? Here are the 7 epic steps to become popular at summer camp:
Step 1: Smile
Smiling is one of the most important things you can do when you’re trying to make friends with people. When you’re smiling, people will want to talk to you because they’ll feel like they know what kind of person you are.
Step 2: Introduce Yourself
When you introduce yourself to someone new, it really helps them get to know who you are as a person and what kind of personality they might have with you. When they see that you’re friendly, they’ll feel more comfortable around you and want to be friends with you!
Step 3: Be Yourself
Summer camp is the perfect place to be yourself! Don’t try to be someone else or pretend that you’re someone you’re not. Be yourself and embrace who you are, because the people who will like you for who you are are worth keeping around. Being yourself and being honest about who you are as a person will help others trust in your friendship more than trying to be someone else.
Step 4: Be Nice to Everyone — even if they aren’t nice back
Being nice always pays off in the end! If someone isn’t nice back to you, chances are they’re having a bad day or their opinion isn’t important enough for you to care about it anyways. The people who do care about being nice to others will appreciate your kindness and want to spend time with you as well!
Being nice makes people like you more! And everyone loves a friendly face around them — so if someone smiles at you or says hello when passing by on the trail or deck, say hi back!
Step 5: Listen Instead of Talking So Much
People love talking about themselves so listen up! Ask questions and let them talk about whatever they want while they tell their story. If you’re heading to summer camp this year, then you’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to become popular. One of the ways is listening more. It shows you appreciate their option.
Step 6: Find activities that interest everyone
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that people like doing things they’re good at. So if there’s an activity that interests everyone at camp, then they’ll all want to participate in it together. It doesn’t matter what it is — as long as everyone likes being part of it. This way, when people see other people having fun doing something together, they’ll want to join in too!
Step 7: You Have to Be Willing to Work Hard
You have to be willing to work hard. If you desire to get something done, then do it yourself. If you want something done right, then do it yourself. You have to be willing to help out others when they need it.
It’s not about what you can get out of someone else; it’s about giving back and helping them out when they’re in need. You have to be willing to put yourself out there and try new things.
Don’t get bogged down in what you may or may not need—just take a few things that you know will make your time living outside better and more enjoyable. With the right mindset, an open mind, and some confidence you’ll be set for a great time.
Hence, the most important thing you need to take with you is an open mind. Leave your high heels in your closet, and bring plenty of sunscreens! See ya’ll on the trails!