What kinds of things do campers generally need to bring to camp?

In general, campers need to bring bedding, toiletries, linens, and clothing suitable for changing weather and outdoor activities.  There are things not to bring, too.

To Bring:


  • A daily change of clothes
  • One set of “grubbies” (throw-aways)
  • Tennis shoes or walking shoes
  • A second pair of shoes or sandals
  • Raincoat or rain apparel
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket
  • Long jeans
  • Swimming suit(s): No 2-piece suits or Speedos, please! The key is modesty.


  • Sleeping bag (or sheets and blanket)
  • Pillow


  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Brush and/or combs
  • Unscented soap
  • Lightly scented shampoo
  • Unscented deodorant


  • Bible (one that can handle some camp use)
  • Paper and pen/pencil
  • Stationery, envelopes, and stamps
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • Extra batteries (for flashlight)
  • Flashlight
  • Camera and film (disposable cameras work well)

Things not to bring:

  • Valuables
  • Cell phones
  • Radios, TVs, CD/DVD players etc.
  • Electronic Games
  • Snacks – they attract bugs and critters!!


  • Alcohol (even if camper/guest is of legal age)
  • Drugs that are not prescribed to you
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Cigarettes
  • Lighters/matches
  • Vaping paraphernalia of any type