It may seem like camp is still a ways off, but we open our first session in just a few short weeks, which means it’s time to start thinking about packing! The best way to approach packing is calmly and with a plan, and that’s where we come in! We’ve gathered tips from packing experts (moms, dads, former campers) and compiled them all here in one spot to make this process run as smoothly as possible.

Here are the top 12 things to keep in mind when packing for a summer at Lonehollow. For more detailed information, see the Lonehollow Compass under Forms and Documents in your CampInTouch account.

  1. Label EVERYTHING

Helmets, towels, socks, and t-shirts all look alike. Mark EVERYTHING with your camper’s first and last names to ensure you get it all back at the end of the summer. You can write in permanent ink, sew on a label, or even order sticker labels online!

  1. Keep storage space in mind

All campers will have a 30” x 30” x 12” deep drawer under their bunks where they will store all of their personal belongings except toiletries and shoes. Campers should pack in one collapsible duffel bag (40” x 18” x 15”), one laundry bag (the other laundry bag can be folded in the duffel), and one backpack.

  1. Pack bedding in a laundry bag

Save space in your camper’s duffel by packing sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows in a laundry bag to be stored in the luggage compartment on the bus! This will leave more room for shoes, clothes, and toiletries in the duffel.

  1. Don’t worry about packing matching outfits

Clothes often get shuffled around in the unpacking process and campers will wear whatever is comfortable and conveniently placed, matching or not! They also tend to stick to their tried and true favorites, so don’t worry about buying a bunch of new outfits either.

  1. Roll t-shirts for easier packing

10-12 t-shirts take up serious space! Consider rolling t-shirts, dresses, and sweatshirts to save room and make it easier for campers to figure out what’s what while unpacking.

  1. Campers’ laundry is done at least once during their stay

All campers will have their laundry washed and dried once per week. This is another reason to label every article of clothing with your camper’s first and last names. Please remember to pack TWO laundry bags (for 2-and-4-week campers) and to wash all clothes prior to packing to avoid discoloration in the laundry. You might also want to avoid sending nice clothes with special instructions for washing.

  1. Send pre-addressed and stamped envelopes

We can guarantee you at least one letter from camp, but if you want a better chance of receiving more, send your campers with some pre-addressed and stamped envelopes. Then they only have to worry about writing the letter and putting it in the mail box!

  1. Make sure your campers know where everything is packed

If you’re packing for your younger campers, be sure to walk through the process with them. Our counselors will do their best to make sure everything gets unpacked, but it can’t hurt to remind campers of hidden side pockets, where their sunscreen and stationery are stored, or where they can find their toothbrushes.

  1. Some classes require you to pack special equipment

Our goal is that all campers will be able to participate in at least their top 10 activity choices. If your two-or-four-week campers have selected horseback, mountain biking, or mountain boarding as one of their top 10 activity preferences online, they will need to pack the appropriate gear.

Horseback classes require two pairs of jeans or leggings, one ASTM/SEI certified helmet (you can purchase this at the camp store), and one pair of riding boots with a very defined heel. Mountain boarding and mountain biking both require a CPSC certified helmet which can also be purchased at the camp store.

  1. Extra sports equipment is allowed but not required

We have the proper equipment available to campers for all of our classes; however, if your campers want to bring their own tennis rackets, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs, or baseball gloves to camp, they may. We will check in and label golf clubs and lacrosse sticks on the first day of camp and then store them among Lonehollow’s other sports equipment. We are not responsible for the loss or damage of any personal equipment. Please leave all cleats, archery bows, and fishing poles at home!

  1. Themed events are a part of the fun

Theme nights are a Lonehollow tradition and a ton of fun! Costumes are encouraged, and the best ones are usually low-budget and homemade. Check out a short description of each of this summer’s themed events:

Term 1A and Term 2A

  • Play Ball! – Sport your favorite jersey or uniform and jam out with your teammates!
  • Big Top Bonanza – Come one, come all to the greatest show on Earth! Join the Lonehollow Circus as a ring leader, a lion tamer, or even a bearded lady!

Term 1B and Term 2B

  • Incredi-ball – Mom, where’s my super suit?? Dress as your favorite super hero or create your own super suit and dance the night away!
  • The Decades – Jump in the Lonehollow time machine and travel back through decades of fun! Dress in the style of your favorite decade whether it be the old west of the 1880s, the flower power of the 1960s, or even a far out look from the future!

Sprockets

  • Big Top Bonanza – Come one, come all to the greatest show on Earth! Join the Lonehollow Circus as a ring leader, a lion tamer, or even a bearded lady!

Short Term 1

  • Incredi-ball – Mom, where’s my super suit?? Dress as your favorite super hero or create your own super suit and dance the night away!

Short Term 2

  • The Decades – Jump in the Lonehollow time machine and travel back through decades of fun! Dress in the style of your favorite decade whether it be the old west of the 1880s, the flower power of the 1960s, or even a far out look from the future!
  1. Some things are better left at home

Items such as candy, food, and gum, large sporting equipment, money, masking tape, valuable or irreplaceable items, and all Wi-Fi-enabled devices are not allowed at camp. Campers who ride the bus may bring cell phones, tablets, or e-readers for the trip, but we will pick them up and store them in the office until Closing Day. iPods or mp3 players that do not play videos are allowed in the cabins.

Here’s hoping these tips make your packing process less daunting and more exciting! We’ll see you (and your camper’s luggage) this summer!

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