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Pack Up Summer Fun With These Day Camp Must-Haves

Everything you need to be ready for your funnest, silliest, camp-iest summer yet!

Margo Gothelf · 22 days ago

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Getting ready for a summer of adventures, activities, fun, and friends at day camp, and not sure what you’ll need? Start by reading this list! We’ve pulled together some day camp must-haves to help you make the most of your summer. Admittedly, some of these picks are more practical than others — but hey, day camp is supposed to be a little bit silly, right? Stuff your backpack with these picks and you're ready for whatever the day brings your way!

Andy Warhol Temporary Tattoo Set

Take your bond with your camp buddies to the next level by getting tattoos together — temporary tattoos, that is. This Andy Warhol temporary tattoo set includes 25 different tattoos, including 7 of his most iconic images.

CAMP Tiger Tee

Be the most stylish camper on the bus with this classic tee. The basic grey t-shirt goes with pretty much anything, making picking out an outfit for a full day at camp even easier. It’s also extra soft and made from 100% cotton, the perfect shirt for even the hottest summer days. 

CAMP Cotton Canvas Duffle

Listen, there are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to an average camp day. In the morning you’re swimming and then in the afternoon you’re playing baseball, and there's lunch and snack and bus time to factor in, too. Store all of your equipment for the day and more in this CAMP cotton canvas duffle bag. Not only will it help you carry everything you need, but its stylish design will make you look pretty cool while doing it. 

Selfie Clothing Color-In Cap

As soon as you step off the bus in this custom-made color-in cap, everyone will want to know where you got it. Good thing it’s a one-of-a-kind design. Get your hands on this cap before the summer starts, so you can get a jump on your retro design before the first day of camp. 

Fashion Angels Convertibles Hair Tie Bracelets

Chances are good that you're going to go through a bunch of hair ties this summer. You might as well make them look extra fashionable while they're sitting on your wrist, with these convertible hair tie bracelets. The stylish bands dress up your hair with charms and beads, effortlessly upping your sense of style whether you wear them as bracelets or hair accessories.

iScream Silver Glitter Earbud Compact

Take a minute to relax and recharge on the bus after a long day at camp with these wireless earbuds. Don’t worry about them getting crushed in your bag during the day. The sleek headphones come with a compact charging case, ensuring you’ll have a full battery for your ride home. 

Sunnylife Underwater Camera

Capture every single memory this summer — even underwater at the pool — with the Sunnylife Underwater Camera. The camera comes with a waterproof carrying case so you won’t miss a single moment, whether you're on land or at sea. 

Minishades Polarized Classic Kids Sunglasses

This summer, don’t settle when it comes to sunglasses. Treat yourself to a super indestructible pair with these Minishades polarized classic kids sunglasses. The sunglasses come in eight different colors and are made from a rubber-like frame, making them very durable. They’ll be able to survive any situation you find yourself in during your day camp adventures.

Takeya Kids Insulated Water Bottle

Staying hydrated won’t be a problem with this Takeya water bottle. The 14-ounce water bottle is made specifically with kids in mind, meaning you won’t have to worry about it leaking all over the place. The bottle also has a double-wall design, so your drinks will stay extra cold no matter how hot it is outside.

OutdoorMaster Kids Swim Goggles

Chances are that you're going to spend part of your day in a swimming pool, so you might as well be prepared with a set of sturdy swimming goggles. The anti-fog lenses are super snug, so you won’t have to keep adjusting — even after that giant cannonball! 

Bumkins Waterproof Wet Bag

Say goodbye to a backpack full of damp stuff thanks to this Bumkins Waterproof Wet Bag. The reusable wet bag will keeps all the water inside and helps the rest of your clothes to stay dry, even after an epic session at the pool. Kids might not care so much about this waterproof bag, but it’s a saving grace for mom and dad as they are unpacking the day camp bag at the end of the day.

Burrito Blanket

Trade in your classic picnic blanket for a Burrito Blanket. The blanket will be great for you and your camp buddies to sit on in the grass and play cards or make friendship bracelets. The only downside: you might be craving a burrito for dinner after hanging out on the blanket all day. 

Sunnylife Cactus Beach Fan

Picture this: a calming breeze no matter how hot it is outside this summer. Make that dream a reality with this Sunnylife Cactus Beach Fan. The portable fan is great to throw in your backpack and will help you keep cool on those hot summer days.

CAMP Kids’ Zip Hoodie

It’s always a good idea to keep a hoodie around, even in the summer. Pack this CAMP Zip Hoodie in your backpack for those cold mornings and chilly summer evenings. You’ll be the most prepared camper on the (intensely air-conditioned?) bus.

Bug Bite Thing

Let’s be real, bug bites during the summer are pretty much inevitable. Instead of trying to relive the itch with creams and lotions, give the Bug Bite Thing a try. The nifty device uses the power of suction for some natural relief. The small contraption is a must-have when it comes to packing for day camp, as you never know when the bugs are going to attack. 

Lightweight Kids' Rain Poncho

No matter how sunny it is all summer, there are bound to be a few cloudy days full of rain. Be prepared for that rainy camp day with this lightweight rain poncho. The lightweight poncho will neatly fold up so it will be easily accessible in your backpack, just in case a rainstorm comes your way. 

Ann Williams Loopdedoo Friendship Bracelet Maker

If you didn’t make a friendship bracelet, did you really spend the summer at camp? Cover your wrist in friendship bracelets with this Loopdedoo friendship bracelet maker. The portable loom speeds up the process of making bracelets so you can quickly make matching ones for your entire group of camp buddies. With this expedited process, you’ll have no problem filling up your wrists. 

UNO Classic

Have some downtime on a rainy day? Need an activity to keep you and your friends busy on the bus ride home? If you’ve answered yes, you’ll probably want to keep a pack of UNO cards in your backpack. The simple card game is quick to set up and great for large groups — so you’ll have no problem getting the whole crew involved. 

Suck UK Paper Watch

Usually at camp, you're so busy running from activity to activity that you will have no idea what time it is. Keep track of the day with this watch, which can be customized and designed in any way — so you better choose to decorate it with your camp colors!