I like to plan, so I have already figured out most of camp for all four of my kids this summer. Three of them will be away at some sleep away camps for a little bit of the summer and one will be going to one of day camps for her first time. I really have never done more than purchase camp bags for Hanukkah. Recently someone asked for ideas for camp so they could do it as Hanukkah gifts, so I figured I would share some of the ideas.
I remember having to schlep my camp bag to my bunk and it was loaded on the buses when we left. Things are so different now, I had to send stuff on a truck a couple days before camp started and the bags were waiting in their bunks. So I initially bought wheeled bags for my older girls, but I don’t think it’s necessary if camp is doing the heavy lifting. Last summer was the first summer we didn’t pick the kids up straight from one of the camps and I realized if it at all possible don’t pick black bags.
- Heavy Duty Cargo Duffel Large Sport Gear Drum Set Equipment Hardware Travel Bag Rooftop Rack Bag (42″ x 20″ x 20″, Navy) These were recommended on a chat in my kids school.
- Rockland Rolling Duffel Bag, Red, 30-Inch These have lasted many summers at camp. This is a smaller wheeled bag and we have used it for all sorts of travelling.
- Samsonite Tote-A-Ton 32.5-Inch Duffel Bag, Purple, Single This one is a favorite for a lot of people.
- Veken 6 Set Packing Cubes, Travel Luggage Organizers with Laundry Bag & Shoe Bag (Teal)
- Pacific Coast Signature 30″ Large Rolling Duffel Bag, Olive, One Size
Mp3 Player & E-Readers
- SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player, Black – microSD card slot and FM Radio – We sent our daughter with recordings for her bat mitzvah to start practicing.
- Kindle PaperWhite – This older version is on sale. Some camps allow e-readers for kids.
- Sony Headphones
- Vivitar VXX14-RED VXX14 Selfie Cam
- Fujifilm instax Mini 9 Instant Camera (Smokey White) and instax Film Twin Pack (20 Exposures) Bundle My kids said a bunch of people came to camp with this camera.
Stamps & Stationary
- Sweetzer & Orange Hello Postcards Pack (60 Post Cards) 4×6 Postcards for Kids and Adults. 300gsm Note Cards. Blank Hello Greeting Cards, Mint Green Hello Cards
- The Art of Vintage DC Comics: 100 Postcards (Gift for Vintage Comic Book Fan, Art Note Card Set)
- Peaceable Kingdom Little Kitties 12 Postcard Booklet
- Peaceable Kingdom 12 Postcard Booklet for kids – Butterfly & Ladybug Theme – 3 each of 4 designs – Send love with butterfly & flower postcard styles for boys & girls – Great for summer camp
- Peaceable Kingdom 12 Postcard Booklet for kids – Rainbow Theme – 3 each of 4 designs – Send love with rainbow, peace & love postcard styles for boys & girls – Great for summer camp
- Peaceable Kingdom 12 Postcard Booklet for kids – Funny Faces Theme – 3 each of 4 designs – Send love with smiles & goofy-face postcard styles for boys & girls – Great for summer camp
- Boys Fill in the Blank Camp Notes, Camp Stationery for Boy Fill in Stationary with Envelopes Set, Personalized Note Cards for Kid, Your Choice of Colors and Quantity
- iscream ‘Basketball Star’ Pack of 8 Fold-over Ready to Send Note Cards
- USPS Seashells Postcard Stamps, Sheet of 20
- Think2Master Teal Plastic Storage Clipboard. | 25% Heavier & 25% Sturdier | Heavy Duty and Won’t Flex or Bend Like Other Brands (Compare The Weight). Storage Compartment Holds 150 Letter Sized Paper.
- Dexas 3517-217G Slimcase 2 Storage Clipboard with Side Opening, Pink Glitter
Chairs & Mats
- Coleman Stadium Seat – This was necessary for one of the camps last summer.
- Coleman Camping Chair with Built-in 4 Can Cooler
- Quik Chair Portable Folding Chair with Arm Rest Cup Holder and Carrying and Storage Bag
- Lifewit Bathroom Rug Bath Mat 32″x20″ Non-Slip Soft Shower Rug Plush Microfiber Water Absorbent Thick Shaggy Floor Mats, Machine Washable, White
- Egyphy Luxury Shaggy Bathroom Rug Soft Thick Plush Rugs Absorbent Microfiber Bathroom Mat Machine Washable Bath Rug for Tub Shower, Bathtub and Bath Room (Geen, 17×24)
- GILBIN’S Super Soft and Comfy Floor Mat Bunk Camp Floor Mats (Blue Tye Dye)
- Trodat Personalized Stamp You could order labels for clothing, but we really love the stamp for labeling clothing.
- Everest Toys Anomia Card Game
- Bicycle Playing Cards – Poker Size
- Travel Rummy in A Strong Travel Bag – for 2-4 Players
- Friendship Bracelet String 50 Skeins Rainbow Color Embroidery Floss Cross Stitch Embroidery Thread Cotton Friendship Bracelet Thread Floss Bracelet Yarn, Craft Floss
Towels & Bath
- ELLEWIN Microfiber Hair Drying Towels for Kids, 3 Pack Unicorn Wet Hair Towel Wrap Turban for Girls Children Women, Quick Dry Twisty Hair Towels Wrap for Curly Long Thick Hair Anti Frizz
- Vinker 3 Pack Hair Towel Wrap, Microfiber Quick Drying Hair Towels, Bath Dryer Caps, Bath Hair Drying Towel, Quick Dryer Hat for Women Girls
- Enerhu Kids Bath Towel Robe Child Terrycloth Spa Wrap with Snap Buttons
- Zexxxy Girls Bath Wrap Towel Adjustable Bathrobe with Polka Dot Bow Cover Up 4-14Y
- Bavilk Kids Children Hooded Towel Dinosaur Swim Beach Bath Towel Pool Cover Up Girls Boys
- UUJOLY Plastic Organizer Storage Baskets with Handles, Shower Caddy Bins Organizer for Bathroom and kitchen（White）
- JiatuA Plastic Storage Basket with Handles, Shower Caddy Tote Portable Organizer Bins for Bathroom, Dorm, Kitchen, Bedroom, Light Black
- Bathroom Personal Organizer – 8″ X 6″ – Three Large Compartments to Organize Your Bathroom Accessories.
- 5 Piece Beige Bath Towel Set, 100% Combed Cotton Towels, Shower Towel, 600 GSM Luxury Bath Towels, Plush and Absorbent Bathroom Towel Set, (1 Bath Towel 2 Hand Towels 2 Washcloths) – Beige
- Amazon Basics Quick-Dry Bath Sheet – 100% Cotton, 2-Pack, Platinum
- Quirky Vessel Portable Shower Station, Grey Great for the Gym
- Amazon Basics Fade-Resistant Cotton Washcloth – 12-Pack, Black
- Amazon Basics Fade-Resistant Cotton Hand Towel – 6-Pack, Navy Blue
- Amazon Basics Quick-Dry Towels – 100% Cotton, 8-Piece Set, Linen
- Eveready LED Flashlight Multi-Pack, Bright and Durable, Super Long Battery Life, Use for Emergencies, Camping, Outdoor, Batteries Included
- Dorcy 55 Lumen Floating Waterproof LED Flashlight with Carabineer Clip Dorcy, Purple
- SHABBOSLITE LED Table Lamp White
- RAYOVAC Floating LED Lantern Flashlight, 6V Battery Included, Superb Battery Life, Floats for Easy Water Recovery, Emergency Light
- HEDAQI Rechargeable LED Work Light Portable Multi-use Flashlight, Magnetic Flashlight LED & Hanging Hook, Waterproof,for Car Repairing, Blackout,Household and Emergency(Red)
- Honeywell HTF090B Turbo on the Go Personal Fan, Black – Small, Portable Fan
- O2COOL Treva 5-Inch Portable Desktop Air Circulation Battery Fan | 2 Cooling Speeds, Compact Folding & Tilt Design, Black
- Small Carabiner Keychain Misting Fan, Purple
- Comfort Zone 6 INCH – 2 Speed – Adjustable Tilt, Whisper Quiet Operation Clip-On-Fan with 5.5 Foot Cord and Steel Safety Grill, Black
- Cooling towel
Some camps are using Twin XL
- Utopia Bedding Soft Brushed Microfiber Wrinkle Fade and Stain Resistant 3-Piece Twin Bed Sheet Set – Grey
- Amazon Basics Kid’s Sheet Set – Soft, Easy-Wash Lightweight Microfiber – Twin, Twilight Blue
- Amazon Basics Lightweight Super Soft Easy Care Microfiber Bed Sheet Set with 14″ Deep Pockets – Twin XL, Dark Gray
- Utopia Bedding Cotton Twin Blanket Grey – 90×72 Inches Blanket for Bed – 350 GSM Soft Breathable Blanket
- Camp Friends Autograph Pillowcase
- Coleman Kids 50 Sleeping Bag
- Elegear Rainbow Throw Blanket for Girls, Unique Tie-dye Fleece Blanket, Super Soft Cute Decorative Flannel Blankets for Bed Sofa Couch Travel, Warm Cozy Fuzzy Blanket for Adults Kids, Teen Girls Gift
- Best Price Mattress 1.5 Inch Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Cooling Gel Infusion, CertiPUR-US Certified, Twin
- A Nice Night Bedding Tie Dye Galaxy Comforter Set , Psychedelic Swirl Pattern Colorful Boho, Boys Girls Bedding Quilt Sets (Beige, Twin(68-by-88-inches))
- HOMEST 2 Pack XL Wash Me Travel Laundry Bag, Machine Washable Dirty Clothes Organizer, Large Enough to Hold 4 Loads of Laundry, Easy Fit a Laundry Hamper or Basket, Light Blue and Grey (Patent Design)
- HOMEST 2 Pack Large Nylon Laundry Bag, Machine Washable Large Dirty Clothes Organizer, Easy Fit a Laundry Hamper or Basket, Can Carry Up to 4 Loads of Laundry, Beige
- Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle
- Contigo AUTOSPOUT Straw Ashland Water Bottle, 40 oz., Grapevine Some camps do not want these because straws are harder to clean at camp
- Contigo Autoseal Cortland Water Bottle, 24 Oz, Greyed Jade
- S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle – 17 Fl Oz – Supernova – Triple-Layered Vacuum-Insulated Containers Keeps Drinks Cold for 36 Hours and Hot for 18 – BPA-Free – Perfect for the Go
- Contigo Autospout Straw Ashland Chill Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 20 oz., Monaco
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