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Have the Best Summer at Sleepaway Camp With These Bunk Essentials

Headed off to sleepaway camp this summer? Here's what to pack in your duffel, from the helpful to the hilarious.

Margo Gothelf and Daniel Fernandez

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Despite what the name may lead you to believe, you don’t sleep away all your days in a blissful state of nap euphoria at sleepaway camp. Quite the opposite! Sleepaway camp is all about adventures, fun, and loads of activities. Whether your camper's a first-timer or a seasoned sleepaway camp vet, we’ve got all the essentials for their summertime home away from home! From stationery sets to bunkhouse must-haves, here's what to stash in their trunk for an amazing summer.

Large CAMP Duffel Bag

Sleepaway camp means spending weeks (and possibly months) away from home. That means they’re gonna need to bring all of their most essential-est essentials along for the ride! The large CAMP duffel bag is stylish, practical, cool, and built to withstand getting lugged from the bus to the bunk and back.

Ooly Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens

Don’t forget to send your kiddo off to camp with writing supplies. Ooly’s awesome scented glitter gel pens have got you (aromatically) covered so kids can turn their snail mail into letters that shine. Not only do the pens come in six different glittery colors, they also smell delicious. Your camper's pen pals will be in for a treat when they open their letters! 

Lexon Flip + LCD Alarm Clock

Is your kid a really heavy sleeper? Do they take the “sleep” part of sleepaway camp a little too seriously? Help keep them from snoozing through their morning activities with this nifty alarm clock. The alarm is activated or deactivated by the simple gesture of flipping the clock over to either ON or OFF, so they can hop out of their bunk and hit the ground running!

Cool Maker KumiKreator Necklace and Friendship Bracelet Maker

Well, did you REALLY make a best friend forever at sleep away camp if you didn’t make them a friendship bracelet? That’s what I thought. Use the Cool Maker 2-in-1 KumiKreator to make stylish necklaces and friendship bracelets that immortalize and honor the most sacred of sleepaway camp bonds. The portable loom makes super detailed embroidery bracelets in half the time. Just pick out matching colors — might I suggest some camp colors? — and get spinning.

State Bags Bennett Mesh Fanny Pack

This mesh fanny pack by State Bags is perfect for holding little bottles of sunscreen, bug spray, band-aids, and lots of pieces of cand — I mean, healthy snacks, during long hikes and other adventures in the great outdoors. It’ll last way beyond sleepaway camp. 

Sunnylife Shark Attack Buddy Float Bands

Boy oh boy, I sure do love a nice relaxing splash in the camp lake… Hmmm, wait a second, why am I hearing the soundtrack to Jaws? Oh, never mind, it’s just my buddy swimming up from behind me wearing his Shark Attack Float Bands. Guess I'm gonna need a bigger canoe.

Sunnylife Underwater Camera

Campers can capture every memory of their summer — even the ones at the waterfront — with this Sunnylife Underwater Camera. Don’t worry about getting this camera wet — that’s the whole purpose! Snap some fun pics of your best cannonball and see if you can capture the perfect bunk selfie underwater. 

iScream Tie Dye Pastel Earbud Compact

Downtime at camp doesn't come often, so be ready to embrace it when it happens. Take a moment to relax and listen to some calming music with these wireless headphones. The Bluetooth-friendly earbuds will quickly sync to your camp-approved devices. Plus, they come in a pretty durable carrying case, so you won’t have to worry about them getting squished in your cubby. 

Nailmatic Nail Polish Set

Turn rest hour into manicure hour with a polish from this Nailmatic Hollywood 5-piece polish set. The different colors each sparkle and shine and make your nails stand out whether you're shooting hoops or waterskiing. Stick with one shade or go wild and paint each finger with a different color!

Beat the Clock

Sleepaway camp includes a surprising amount of free time — even after you've reapplied your sunscreen and swatted away the mosquitos. If you know that the minute your child is feeling bored they'll start craving some screentime, give them Beat the Clock.  Packed with fun activities that encourage imagination, this game set lets your camper and their bunk mates can spend rest hour at play, either solo or as a group. 

The Oregon Trail Card Game

You know what they say: There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors, settling uncharted lands, facing stressful obstacles, and learning about rationing food, all while fighting dysentery, to strengthen the bond between new friends. For 2-6 players, the Oregon Trail card game is a great time, though not everyone will make it out alive… But you’ll have all summer to learn how to dodge those pesky rattlesnakes.

iScream Reversible Sequin Unicorn Pillow

If your kiddo is a fan of unicorns, sequins, and/or things that change shape and color then the iScream reversible sequin unicorn pillow is the perfect pillow pal for them to take with them on their sleep away adventures. This glamorous plushy pal makes any bed the most colorful in the bunk.


Super fun, super portable, and super yellow, Bananagrams is a game for folks of all ages who love word games that aren’t too challenging. Race to build words using all of your tiles, and be the first to use every letter! This game is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and depending on how you play, ridiculous made-up words are totally allowed.

Burrito Blanket

There’s nothing quite as awe-inspiring and serene as looking up at night sky, admiring the cosmos and watching shooting stars whiz by while laying down on a 5 foot in diameter, microfiber, super soft burrito blanket. Truly, there is nothing like it.  

Prank U Doggo DooDoo

Pranks are a quintessential part of any sleepaway camp experience (according to literally every movie ever made about summer camp, at least). Slipping a realistic plastic puppy poo under your camp counselor's bunk and waiting in the bushes outside to hear their reaction is always a good time. 

Hazel the Bunk Buddy

First timer or not, weeks away from home at sleepaway camp can have your little camper feeling lonely. It never hurts to have a sleep companion to snuggle with and remind you of your loved ones back home, especially if that companion is CAMP's very own superhero-princess snow leopard plush doll, Hazel!