What to never forget when packing for a sports camp

May 21, 2018, 9:42 a.m. (ET)

For your athletes to get the most out of their sports camp experience, it’s important for them to arrive prepared.  Making sure your athlete has everything they need allows them to concentrate on learning the skills and drills taught at camp, as opposed to stressing over something they forgot to bring.  Prepared athletes are focused ones, and following our sports camp packing checklist (along with any suggestions the camp provides) will ensure that your athletes are always prepared and ready to learn.

TrueSport’s Sport Camp Packing Checklist

  1. If it’s a sport that allows for it, it’s always a good idea for athletes to report to each session with a small backpack or tote bag that can hold all of their essential items (such as athletic tape, flip flops, or spare clothes).

  2. There are millions of different water bottles on the market, but none of their fancy features matter if your kids can’t easily refill it or carry it around. If refill stations at the camp are scarce, consider a bigger bottle with a handle, but that can also fit in or attach to a backpack if need be.

  3. Blisters can quickly ruin any camp experience, so it’s extremely important to outfit your athletes in well-fitted shoes that provide good support. Advise your kids to put on extra socks if they start to feel tender spots on their feet. Flip-flops at night will help your feet air out. It’s important to immediately tend to any developing discomfort in your feet

  4. A good night’s sleep is vital while at camp, so consider packing your athletes’ favorite pillow or blanket.

  5. Consider the elements and pack accordingly for different weather situations. Sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, a hat, rain jacket, breathable clothing, an extra pair of shoes, and maybe even a floor fan are never bad ideas, especially in the summer.

  6. Many camps try and keep campers’ phone usage to a minimum, but if the camp does allow phones make sure your child has their charger.

  7. Don’t forget basic toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo, and deodorant. These can be bought in travel-size containers to save space, and be sure to pack a few plastic bags for dirty laundry, wet toiletries, or a wet swim suit. A pillowcase works well for a dirty clothes bag, too!

  8. In case the camp serves something that your athlete can’t or won’t eat, it’s never a bad idea to pack along some healthy snacks they can fall back on.

  9. Camps usually allow for down-time at night where kids can unwind. A book, deck of playing cards, and other small games are easy to pack and be relaxing and fun for campers.

Again, most sports camps will provide a list that will cater to the camp’s specific needs. Supplement that list with ours and your child is guaranteed to be prepared for a great camp experience.