For the past three years, I have been going to a DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) sleep-away camp. It is (so far) my absolute favorite camp I have ever been to because I love the outdoors and the environment. I always learn new exciting things when I am there and I love to return every year. (Click here to see my past blogposts about this camp.)This summer of 2016 I will be returning into the program as a volunteer! I am super excited and am already starting to pack when I have 4 weeks before i go xD. I personally love lists and I decided to make a blogpost for those people who do not like them. Here is my list that I have made up over 3 years for what I find the best to take to environmental camp. Please keep in mind that my list is applied to one week of camp. Enjoy!


  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 pairs of athletic shorts
  • 1 pair of other shorts
  • 3 pairs of 3/4 length pants
  • 7 t-shirts
  • 3 long sleeved shirts or flannels
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 7 pairs of short socks
  • 1 pair of long hiking socks
  • 1 pair of warm weather pajamas
  • 1 pair of cold weather pajamas
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 hoodie
  • 1 warm jacket/fleece
  • 1 hat
  • 1 rain jacket


  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of hiking boots
  • 1 pair of water shoes/athletic sandals (for example Kean sandals)
  • outdoor slippers for being in the cabin or going to take a shower, etc.


  • sleeping bag
  • twin sheet (we have bunk beds at camp)
  • pillow with pillowcase


  • 1 towel
  • 1 facecloth
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • shampoo/conditioner/soap
  • razor (if needed)
  • deodorant (unscented works best because it does not attract bugs)
  • hand and face cream (again, unscented works best)
  • hair brush and hair ties
  • feminine products if necisary for you


  • 2 water bottles (hydrate or die)
  • white shirt (if your camp does tye-dying)
  • flashlight
  • sunglasses/glasses
  • sunscreen (may need parent permission to use depending on camp)
  • bug spray (may need parent permission to use depending on camp)
  • string bag/ other bag for laundry
  • backpack/day pack
  • camera
  • watch
  • notebook and pen
  • stationary, envelope, stamp (if you want to send any letters from there)

Below I have added a picture of part of my list on paper to show how I mark off what I have packed already:

My packing list on two sides of a notebook with check boxes in front of each item so I can check of the items as needed.

This is my packing list in my notebook. I am volunteering at camp Pack Forest and that is why it is in the title of my pages.

Another thing that I would like to add is that at my camp we are not permitted to have electronics other than a camera. This is common at many environmental camps because you get most out of the camp if you disconnect from the world and connect with nature and people while you are there. I know this may sound a bit crazy to some people like it did to me at first, but it is so worth it. The camp would definitely not be the same if there was the distraction of electronics. It is very nice to just leave everything behind and disconnect from the world for a bit :)

I hope that this blogpost helped you decide what to pack for your camp or for anything else! Please make sure to comment below letting me know what you think or if you have any ideas what to add to the list. Happy packing!