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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
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)
This plush “wood” pillow from Kikkerland is sure to be a hit in your child’s bunk. $19; at spoonsisters.com
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)
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.
Goggles with interchangeable frames let kids match their underwater eyewear to their swimsuit or mood. $15 each; at speedousa.com
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.
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)
Candy-inspired bandages tend to scrapes in style and act as bright body art. $5 per tin; at ouchiesonline.com
L.L. Bean's Trailblazer Junior headlamps make it easy to see when the sun goes down. $20; at llbean.com
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)
Customize labels with your child's name to attach to their clothing, shoes, bags and other camps supplies. $21; at mabelslabels.com
Hair stays dry and tangle-free with these monster-printed swim caps from Speedo, made for underwater adventures. $12 each; at speedousa.com
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)
Campers can keep an account of daily activities, adventures and new friendships with these fun journals. $11 each; at galison.com
Bags with a waterproof lining keep wet swimsuits and towels away from dry clothes. $25–$30; upa-lala.com
Brightly colored sunglasses keep kids smiling, and not squinting, during camp photos. $22; at bodenusa.com
No need to worry about mud stains, These lightweight slip-on sneakers from Native Shoes are washable. $30; at nativeshoes.com
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
Shorts for girls from Cherokee are simply adorable in neon colors ($10) or dainty prints ($13). Available at Target; visit target.com for locations.
Perfect for playing in the pool, this foam football sprays a spiral of water when thrown. $14; at spoonsisters.com
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.
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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