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Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids 2013

Send kids off to camp in style with super-cute accessories, including flip flops, sleeping bags and goggles, from our summer camp packing list.

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Glow worm
    Campers wear a bright smile wherever they go with this cheerful lantern; it emits a soft light while remaining cool to the touch. $11; at spoonsisters.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Light bright
    No batteries needed for these animal-themed flashlights; simply squeeze the side buttons to recharge. $9 each; at Space Kiddets, 26 E 22nd St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-420-9878)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Sleep tight
    This plush “wood” pillow from Kikkerland is sure to be a hit in your child’s bunk. $19; at spoonsisters.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    All tucked in
    Packing up these mummy-shaped (and water-resistant) sleeping bags is a cinch thanks to the attached stuff sack. $60; at REI, 303 Lafayette St at E Houston St (212-680-1938, rei.com)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Custom creations
    Purchase a batik camp-themed shirt or tank, or make your own using bright waxes and dyes. $33–$36; at Hiho Batik, 184 Fifth Ave between Berkeley and Lincoln Pls, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-622-4446, hihobatik.com)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Buddy bands
    Friendship bracelets never go out of style—this kit includes everything little ones need to accessorize (and bond) with new pals. $15; at Babesta, 66 West Broadway between Murray and Warren Sts (212-608-4522, babesta.com)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    On the go
    Camping essentials are easily packed away in this roomy but sensible canvas backpack with multiple compartments. $28; at Claire’s. Go to claires.com for store locations.

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Eye candy
    Goggles with interchangeable frames let kids match their underwater eyewear to their swimsuit or mood. $15 each; at speedousa.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Pool party
    Classic swimwear styles in trendsetting prints are perfect for active (and fashionable) kids. Monkey swim trunks, $18; at the Children’s Place. Go to childrensplace.com for store locations. Pineapple-print suit, $32; at bodenusa.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Safety first
    Natural sunscreen from Alba Botanica, $11, and insect repellent from Jason Natural, $8, protect young skin without harmful chemicals. Available at Whole Foods. Go to wholefoods.com for store locations.

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Keep in touch
    Letters home from camp are easy to compose with fill-in-the-blank notepad-and-envelope sets by Evy Jacob. $12.50 each; at E.A.T. Gift Shop, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Goodbye tears
    Candy-inspired bandages tend to scrapes in style and act as bright body art. $5 per tin; at ouchiesonline.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Little explorers
    L.L. Bean's Trailblazer Junior headlamps make it easy to see when the sun goes down. $20; at llbean.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Magic ball
    The transforming disc-to-ball makes for an ultimate game of catch. Throw it as a flat disc and watch it expand in the air to catch as a ball. $21; at The Children's General Store, 168 E 91st St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-426-4479)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Personalize me
    Customize labels with your child's name to attach to their clothing, shoes, bags and other camps supplies. $21; at mabelslabels.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Hat head
    Hair stays dry and tangle-free with these monster-printed swim caps from Speedo, made for underwater adventures. $12 each; at speedousa.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Drink up
    These flat, roll-up water bottles from Shark Skinzz are fit for little super heroes. $12; at E.A.T. Gifts, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Dear diary
    Campers can keep an account of daily activities, adventures and new friendships with these fun journals. $11 each; at galison.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Safe keeping
    Bags with a waterproof lining keep wet swimsuits and towels away from dry clothes. $25–$30; upa-lala.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Eye covers
    Brightly colored sunglasses keep kids smiling, and not squinting, during camp photos. $22; at bodenusa.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Feet first
    No need to worry about mud stains, These lightweight slip-on sneakers from Native Shoes are washable. $30; at nativeshoes.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Mini lights
    The flexible legs on this bug-shaped flashlight are made for clinging to surfaces such as backpacks, collars and bed bunks. $14; at spoonsisters.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Snack time
    Skip the Ziploc bags: These reusable small sacks from Lunchskins are ideal for carrying animal crackers or pretzels to camp. $8–$10; at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, 365 State St at Bond St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-522-9848, blueribbongeneralstore.com)

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Fashion frenzy
    Shorts for girls from Cherokee are simply adorable in neon colors ($10) or dainty prints ($13). Available at Target; visit target.com for locations.

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Water sports
    Perfect for playing in the pool, this foam football sprays a spiral of water when thrown. $14; at spoonsisters.com

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    Summer camp packing list and must-have gear for kids

    Slip-ons
    Colorful flip-flops are convenient at the beach and in camp showers. $3.50 each; at the Children’s Place. Go to childrensplace.com for store locations.

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Whether your children are heading off to sleepaway camp for a summer full of outdoor adventures or spending their school break at a day camp, they'll have to load up on gear. Our summer camp packing list has everything you need to get kids ready for their summer experience—water toys, swim caps, bathing suits, suntan lotion, flip flops and more. We've even included an adorable fill-in-the-blank notepad-and-envelope set to make it extra easy for kids to write letters home from camp. Scroll through our favorite items and then add your favorites to your child's summer camp packing list.


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