Hello everyone! I am Blair May, a mother of two girls who love everything about Greystone! I’m taking over the blog this week to give you a mom’s perspective on everything you need to know about packing for camp.
Packing for camp can be an overwhelming task. Do they really need clothes for 10 days, the costumes, rain boots, and bathing suits? And how should you pack: trunk vs. duffel? It is a lot to process, but yes, everything on the list is a must.
For Junior Camp and August Camp:
For June and Main Camp:
For all sessions:
The next big question is trunk vs. duffel. We use both. The first year I started small with a plastic trunk from our sporting goods store. It was inexpensive and did the job for Junior Camp. We didn’t buy an expensive trunk until this past summer. Both girls agree that the biggest perk of a metal trunk is that they get to decorate it with their stickers from camp.
Over the years, I have found that the trunks are best for packing towels, blankets, pillows, rackets, and other items you don’t want to break in transport to/from camp. The duffel bag is great for packing their clothes. Once at camp, all of their clothes will go in the BIG drawer under their bunk bed (dimensions for the drawer are 32 x 32 x 9.5 inches). The trunks stay on the porch and can hold bulky items such as pool towels, rackets, and boots that don’t fit on the shoe rack. Bath towels will go on the shelves in the closet. The closet also has a bar for any hanging clothes (Sunday dresses).
Remember there is no “best way” to pack. Younger campers will have different needs than older ones. Some kids do better with outfits paired up and put in zip lock bags for each day; others want to rock their own style and wing it day by day. Pack whichever way will be less stressful for your daughter. Have your daughter help you pack their bags so they know what they have and where it is located. We have used a various mix of all the packing methods over the years:
Packing for camp is always hit or miss whether it is your first year or your fifth! Just relax and know that it is okay if you forget to pack something. The best part about tentalow/bungalow/cabin living is working with your new BFFs to find the perfect costume for EP. Sometimes that means wearing what you packed, but most of the time it means wearing a modge podge outfit combining the greatest items from your cabin mates!