Top 10 Most Popular Forgotten Items When Packing

Today we’ve compiled for you the Top 10 Most Popular Forgotten Items When Packing for the summer!

Preparing for camp is a very exciting time. Often it is so exciting, that we forget to pack some of the important necessities. Our minds are focused on the busy summer days that lie ahead on Canoe Lake.  This week, we have compiled a list of the top 10 items campers frequently forget to bring to camp!
Top 10 Forgotten Items

1. Sun Safety Accessories:

Sunscreen (SPF 30+), a reusable water bottle, and a hat will be your best friend on sunny summer days. In order to take part in all the activities camp has to offer, campers will benefit from being hydrated and protected from harmful rays.

2. Bug Spray:

Algonquin Park is home to many buzzing creatures including blackflies, horseflies, and mosquitoes. It is very important to send your child with bug spray, to ensure as few bites as possible. Non-itchy campers are happy campers!

3. Warm Blankets and a Sleeping Bag

Although your child is attending summer camp, temperatures tend to drop at night, on average, to 10C/50F, sometimes even chillier!  In order to have a successful day at camp, campers need to be well rested, which includes being warm at night. A sleeping bag is best suited for trip and is considered an essential item. If your camper is using their sleeping bag in camp, it might be a good idea to pack a “single” fitted sheet to cover the mattress.

4. Two (2) Waterproof Dry Sacs 30L+

Waterproof sacs are essential to a dry and comfortable canoe trip. Whether your child is heading out on an overnight canoe trip or a 50 day canoe trip, they will be grateful that their sleeping bag and extra clothes are kept dry.

5. Postage

Campers will be very busy with activities throughout the day, but there are always a few minutes to write a quick note home. Tip: send your child with pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelopes. Don’t forget stationary, pens, and pencils!

6. Batteries

At camp we rely heavily on flashlights and headlamps because there is no electricity. These items work really well until they run out of battery.  It is important to bring back ups, and to make sure they are the correct size.

7. Camera

Cameras are essential for documenting new friendships and fun activities. Disposable cameras are great for camp, and are available in waterproof options for canoe trip.

8. Quick Dry Items

Packing synthetic fabrics such as polyester and acrylic can provide optimum comfort for your child on canoe trip.

9. Plethora of Socks

Laundry is provided every 8-10 days, however campers may go through more than one pair of socks per day.

10. Down Time Activities

With all of the fresh air and constant activity, it is important to slow down and take a break during the heat of the day to recharge for the afternoon. Some suggestions for individual activities you can send with your camper include books, puzzles, and stationary. Inclusive activities for the cabin to complete together can also be fun, such as MadLibs, travel size games, and small crafts. Reminder that camp is an unplugged environment and strongly discouraged the use of electronics. After all, there is no way to recharge them! 

For any other packing inquiries, you can refer to the camp packing list at

Happy Packing!