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Christian youth camps can be fun, knowledgeable, and inspiring for teens. When deciding what to pack for your stay, remember that Christian camps can be stricter than non-Christian camps when it comes to what you wear and certain types of technology. Take a look at this list of the 4 essential sets of things that you will need:
1. The Basics
When packing for camp, you will usually need enough clean clothing for the duration of the time spent there. Keep in mind that clothing should be modest and not revealing, therefore crop tops, low waist jeans, and short shorts are a definite no-no. Shirts with controversial or offensive writing or imagery is also highly inappropriate. You will need a daily change of clothes and extra items just in case. Modest underwear for every day, as well as extras, should also be included. Socks, sweaters, pajamas and modest swimwear is also essential. Also pack extra clothes that you do not mind getting dirty during outdoor activities. Tennis shoes are appropriate and also the best option for outdoor activities and exercise. Flip flops or sandals are acceptable for use near a pool or lake. Personal hygiene items are imperative, including deodorant, washcloths, towels (for swimming/ showering), toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hair brush, shampoo and conditioner. Pack sheets for a twin size bed, as well as a pillow and a comforter if necessary. Ensure to pack sunscreen and insect repellant to avoid getting sunburned or bitten by a mosquito. If you wear glasses be sure to bring these and a spare pair if necessary, also contact lenses and lens solution if applicable. It is always a good idea to bring a laundry bag for dirty clothes. If you will be sleeping in a tent you will need to pack a sleeping bag and any other camping items like a lamp and mosquito net. Some extra money will also be a good idea in case there are any extra fee activities or souvenirs to purchase.
2. Spiritual Essentials
Since you are attending a Christian youth camp, a Bible is an essential item to bring with you as you will be studying it. Also be sure to bring a notebook and pens/pencils for note taking and any other important stationary items. A small light may also be helpful for night time reading.
3. Dietary Items
If you have any special foods or snacks, pack them as long as they do not interfere with any food allergies that have been discussed with the camp. If you require specific supplements or any special medications, do not forgot to pack these as well. However be sure to inform the camp of any prescription drugs that you will be bringing during your stay. If you have any allergies, it is a good idea to pack Benadryl and an Epipen if necessary.
4. Fun Stuff to Do
Camp is designed to be both informative and fun, so games, puzzles, and cards are all good items to bring for your free time. Any sports equipment should be discussed with the camp prior to attending. A camera and flashlight as well as batteries and charger is also a good idea to pack. Some camps have strict rules against technology, so make sure to discuss this with the camp to avoid having your items confiscated.
Packing well for camp is extremely important, since you never know when any of these essentials might come in handy. It is much better to be safe than sorry, so that you can enjoy camp the way you are supposed to. Remember, you are supposed to be having fun! The last thing on your mind should be that you’ve forgotten your toothbrush or your bathing suit! These things could mean that you are left feeling uncomfortable or left out of certain activities. Pack well and you’ll have a great time!