Now that the warmer spring weather is finally arriving, it’s hard not to get excited about summer just around the corner! But as excited as you may be for camp, you may be overwhelmed with the thought of packing. What should you bring to live in a cabin for three months? We’ll share all the essentials you don’t want to forget, plus the things that our veteran staff recommend!
Of course, clothing is the main thing you’ll want to pack - we have a laundry service once a week at camp, so you’ll need at least 7 days worth of clothing, plus some extra outfits to change into when things get wet or muddy.
Here in North Carolina, the weather can change quickly, and afternoon rain showers are common! Layers are key, especially since May can be brisk when you arrive for Staff Orientation (morning temps can be in the low 50s!), while July and August will be toasty with temperatures in the upper 80s.
Since camp is surrounded by rugged terrain, you’ll want to bring proper footwear. We ask that everyone wear shoes around camp and in activities, to keep your feet safe. Bringing more than one pair of sneakers/athletic shoes is a great idea in case they get wet!
In addition to what you need to bring to wear, you’ll also need some essentials for living in a cabin all summer.
Even if you’re not teaching an Outdoor Adventure activity, there’s still some camping gear that you’ll want to bring!
These items aren’t necessary, but we’re listing them as “nice to haves” in case you want to include them in your packing!
So now you know what’s on the packing list, but what do veteran staff recommend bringing? Here are some things that our former campers and veteran staff always have on their packing lists:
“I ALWAYS bring more towels than I think I need, because nothing is worse than being out of dry ones! I also like to bring a bunch of books, because they are the perfect way to spend a bit of free time during a busy day.” - Carson Skidmore (Camper, ‘09-’12, Staff ‘18-’19, ‘21-’22)
“I always bring a small door rug and put it next to my bed so I can wipe all the sand off my feet before getting in. Absolute game changer.” - Will Weaver (Camper ‘08-’14, Staff ‘19-’22)
“Something that’s now always on my packing list for camp is my hammock (and then I forget to use it all summer)” - Tom Yoxsimer (Camper ‘11-’16, Staff ‘18-’19, ‘21)
“I always bring my Magic the Gathering cards” - Ford Layman (Camper ‘06-’11, Staff ‘21-’23)
“Something that’s now always on my packing list for camp is a reliable headlamp with extra batteries! The last thing you want in the middle of the night is for your source of light to magically disappear.” - Croft Hamilton (Staff ‘19-’22)