Summer Camp Packing Essentials for Fun in the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re packing for a week or the whole summer away, your child’s camp will likely provide a summer camp packing list of all the essentials. Sticking to that list will get you off to a great start. As specialists in wonderful and wearable clothing for kids, we’re weighing in with our own must-haves (and nice-to-haves) for summer camp.

From hikes through the woods to beach days, we’ve got your camper covered. Not sending your child off to camp this summer? You’ll find plenty to love here for fun in your own backyard!

What to Pack for Summer Camp

Whether your child is attending a traditional outdoor summer camp or a themed camp for sports, dance, theater, or another hobby, one thing is guaranteed: they will be spending time outside. Nature hikes, lake and beach days, and other outdoor activities are a huge part of summer camp, which is why it’s important to make sure your child is ready for some fun in the sun, rain, or whatever weather is headed their way.

When selecting kids’ clothing for summer camp, it should meet three basic criteria: style, comfort, and safety (AKA sun protection).

At bella bliss®, you’ll find comfortable clothing and accessories that check all the boxes. Our upscale children’s boutique is the perfect place to find sun-protective swimwear and poolside accessories such as suits, coverups, swim trunks, goggles, and other camp necessities like colorful rain boots and hats. When homesickness sets in at bedtime, the perfect pair of kids jammies can boost spirits and provide comfort through the night. Plus, all our cute and comfy spring and summer clothing essentials are designed to be wearable, washable, and withstand the test of time and taste. 

The best part of investing in our stylish and high-quality kids’ clothing for summer camp? Our durable swimwear, play clothing, and other designs will also be wardrobe favorites at home.

What to Wear to Summer Camp

Following your camp’s packing list is just the start. These summer camp packing hacks will make it easier for you and your little camper.

Pima Cotton Clothing

When it comes to kids’ clothing, it’s hard to beat Pima cotton. Softer, more durable, and more breathable than regular cotton, it’s also ideal for people with sensitive skin. Pima even has a longer life expectancy than regular cotton.

Your child’s clothing will no doubt take a beating at summer camp. The Pima cotton we use here at bella bliss can keep up, and then some!

Embroidery, Monograms, and Labels

Between shared cabins and laundry service challenges, clothing can and does get mixed up at summer camp. Embroidered, monogrammed, and labeled items eventually make their way back to their proper owners.


While you’ll need plenty of summer clothes for kids on your camping packing list, don’t forget that those rainy days can get wet and chilly. You’ll also need some layers for less-than-sunny weather, including our splash rain jackets and half-zip pullovers and sweaters.

Speaking of cold and rainy days, campers love arts and crafts! Our activity kits and toys are a wonderful way to keep young hands busy – at camp or home – when weather is less than ideal for outdoor play.

Other Summer Camp Packing List Essentials

Tired of returning from the mailbox empty-handed? A kid’s summer camp is very busy, which is why many of them struggle with finding time to write home. Make it easy for them with our fill-in-the-blank stationery from the Punch Collection. Just be sure to pre-address and pre-stamp all the envelopes so they’re ready to go.

Want to help them stay organized in their cabin or on outings? From waterproof wet bags to totes and purses, the right bag can make all the difference.

Packing for summer camp doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming, especially when you’ve got a secret weapon (psst…it’s bella bliss®!) For the best boys’ and girls’ spring clothing, or vacation clothes for kids, shop bella bliss®.

July 12, 2023 — Zero Gravity Marketing