Is your child getting excited for a summer camp? You chose the camp months ago, but maybe you haven't really done any planning since then. There are a lot of things your child can and should live without while at camp (like video games) but there are plenty of items that are must-haves for camp. Use this check-list to make sure your child is ready for her adventure.

A Packing List of Basics for Summer Camp

  • Toiletries: toothbrush, hairbrush, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant — and a caddy to carry it all.
  • Books. Just a couple for some late night reading in bed by flashlight.
  • Flashlight. And backup batteries.
  • Pajamas. Nothing too embarrassing. You can leave the cartoon characters out.
  • Underwear.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Clothes for each day of camp with a few backup outfits too.
  • Hat.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Glasses/contacts plus case and cleaning solution.
  • Rain gear.
  • Shoes, sandals, socks.
  • Swim gear (goggles, beach towel).
  • Any gear for sports if it's a sports camp.
  • Hand towels.
  • Camera.
  • Laundry bag.
  • Water bottle.
  • Favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
  • Deck of cards.
  • Writing paper with pre-addressed stamped envelopes (that's the only way you'll get a letter or two).
  • Cell phone or calling card, if these are allowed. Make sure you know the camp's rules about technology.
  • Prescription medications. Talk to the camp to discuss all of your child's health needs.

Sending your child off to camp, especially for the first time, is a big step for both of you. Check with your child's camp on specific items they recommend your child brings. Some require that you bring your own bedding while others provide it. Being sure your child will be as comfortable as possible while away from home will help ensure that she has fun and you worry less.