How to Dress at Summer Camp
Summer camp can be fun, but you also want to dress appropriately.
Bring cute but simple t-shirts. You're going to be in the hot, sticky wilderness for 8 to 9 weeks so there are obvious choices you need to make. Of course, bring something more formal if your camp has a dance. Tees with funky logos or sayings, a slightly tighter fit, or splashy colors are great. Breathable fabrics like cotton are good for the hot summer days, too.
Wear shorts for the heat. Keep it cute by having plaid Bermuda funky short-shorts or a camp favorite, Soffe shorts. Wear longer pants for extra protection from bugs and poison ivy. Jeans are good staples, and having them with vintage rips or unusual washes will keep you stylish and equally safe.
Put on a hat to keep the sunlight away. Any hat really works. Some camps have baseball caps with their own logo on them that are common for campers to show some camp spirit.
Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun. Be sure to get a pair that has UV protection, but not too expensive, in case they are accidentally lost. Oversized ones are unique, and will also give you extra coverage.
Wear sneakers. It's also a good idea that the bottom of the shoe has a good amount of tread on it to help descend steep or smooth surfaces. You can get cute ones in countless styles in a variety of shoe and department stores. Flip-flops are helpful for the beach/lakeside or the bathroom.
Bring many pairs of socks, as they will get dirty fast. Cotton socks are the best because the material breathes, meaning sweat and heat will not get caught in between skin and the material.
Wear sunscreen or suntan lotion to prevent sunburns. Lip balm or gloss acts like sunscreen for lips, preventing both burning and chapped lips.
Mosquito Repellent. Not only are bites annoying and itchy, but red spots and scratch marks are ugly.
- Drink lots of water each day. You should probably bring a water bottle, because dehydration isn't cool.
- If you're going to an overnight camp, bring warm pajamas and a warm jacket, because bunk houses have NO heating and air conditioning.
- Bring books to read.
- Bring a fly swatter, since many flies get into the bunk houses.
- Be prepared for different types of weather.
- What's NOT allowed at many summer camp (not all of them):
- Revealing clothing
- Clothing with explicit content
- Electronics (with an exception of cameras), because they'll likely be confiscated and put into storage, and you could also have limited access to electricity
Things You'll Need
- Cool and warm pajamas
- 1 warm coat
- 1 dress up outfit
- 1 pair of dressy shoes
- Fly swatter
- Lip balm
- Bug Repellent
- Books to read
- Sleeping bag