Getting Ready for Camp: What To Bring (and what to leave at home!)

Whether it’s your first time sending your child away for the summer, or maybe you’ve been doing it for years, we’re here to help make the packing process as smooth as possible. Read on for tips and advice on what to bring to camp this summer!


In order to keep the cabins organized, we need your help. Please pack in a suitcase or duffel bag that can fit under the bunks (11 3/4 inch height). We will be doing laundry once every 8 days, so please try to not over-pack.

Packing tips:

  • Label everything! Items get left at various places around camp, and this is how we are able to get them back to their owners!

  • Pack alongside your child so that they know what they have and where it’s located.

  • Separate clothing into large ziplock bags as much as you can - especially items like socks, underwear, and toiletries.

  • Don’t send anything expensive - it can be hard for campers to keep track of everything while running around camp and having fun all day!


What not to pack:

Cell phones, iPads, tablets, laptops, electronic games, money or valuable items, pocket knives, weapons of any kind, lighters or matches are not to be brought to camp. E-readers are fine!


Much more detailed information can be found in the packing list, but please remember to send these important items with your child:

  • Reusable Masks (8-10)

  • Good flashlights with extra batteries.

  • A water bottle WITH A SHOULDER STRAP. This makes it easier to carry around at all times, and to keep properly hydrated.

  • A good sunscreen and a hat - this will be very important when everyone goes on tiyul (hike).

  • 2 pairs of close-toed shoes (nothing open-toed is allowed as regular footwear). Flip-flops/crocs/water shoes are acceptable only for the pool or showers.

  • Chapstick (a few of them)

  • Good quality skin lotion - the air is very dry and it's important to apply each evening - madrichimot will be reminding everyone to put it on, but it would be good if you explain it as you pack

  • A warm jacket - it gets cold at night!

  • Bug repellent (plant based with lemon eucalyptus like this one.)

  • Medications (if needed) in sufficient quantity for the camp duration (additional information on that in one of the next emails). All medication must be in original packaging and labelled. All medication must be kept in the health center (including over the counter like vitamins, melatonin, and advil.) We will be collecting medications at drop off, so please be ready to give these to staff and not pack it in your child’s luggage.

  • Pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelopes, to encourage your children to write home!

Note on Cell Phones:

We do our best to create an environment where social interactions – uninterrupted by electronics – thrive! We understand that most children use their phones for music and photos, and recommend bringing Ipods or mp3 players, and a disposable or digital camera.


Phones that are found will be taken and kept in a safe place until the end of the summer. They will be returned before campers get on the bus or are picked up.

Knowing what to bring and what to leave at home is key for having a positive experience at camp! Contact us with any questions - info@campgilboa.org.

Happy packing!