How to Pack for Environmental Camp at School

Some schools take the time to visit an environmental school sometime in the school year. A packing list is generally included, but do they tell you how to pack light? No way!


  1. Image titled Pack for Environmental Camp at School Step 1
    Ask your teacher for a packing list. If they don't have one organized, hop on to notepad, Microsoft office, or do the old fashioned way and get a pencil and pad of paper. (A suggested list is at the bottom of this article)
  2. Image titled Pack for Environmental Camp at School Step 2
    Make three sections.
    • Must have. Some things under the must have section should include socks, underwear, shampoo, etc.
    • Should have. Under this section you should put things like tissues, and stuff that you can live without, but you would really like to have.
    • Want to have. Things under this section should be mp3 players, card games, etc.
  3. Image titled Pack for Environmental Camp at School Step 3
    Prioritize your items. Go through your house and look for each item on the lists. If you don't have enough room, start to take stuff out from the want to have section. I mean really, do you seriously need to take a huge version of the monopoly game?
  4. Image titled Pack for Environmental Camp at School Step 4
    Organize the people you'll be rooming with so one person can bring in some of the want to have items. For example, one girl can bring in a hair straightener while another can bring in a blow-dryer.
  5. Image titled Pack for Environmental Camp at School Step 5
    Roll up your clothes. If you're folding a shirt, first fold it in half, then roll it up. It takes up a lot less space, and you'll have a lot more room for the want to have items!
  6. Image titled Pack for Environmental Camp at School Step 6
    Get a large duffle bag to put all of your clothes in, and get a separate, small bag that will fit into it, so that you can put all of your toiletries into it. Also, bring one of those huge Ziploc bags that you can fit your pillow, sleeping bag/sheets/comforter in, and all of your other bedding materials.


  • Be sensible. If you're going to be carrying your bags three miles away to your dorm rooms, you're not going to want to lug around a three ton bag!
  • Use common sense. You may need to alter your list depending on when and where you're going. If you're going in the dead of winter, you probably won't need bug spray or shorts. If you're going in the summer, you will probably still need jeans, but not things such as a warm hat and mittens.
  • Check with everybody else to see what they're bringing. If everybody's bringing a disposable camera and you're not, you're going to feel pretty sad that week.
  • Ask the teachers how many pieces of luggage you're allowed to bring. Two is a good number, but if they allow three, you should still consider taking two. Taking three just means another nuisance to drag around, and it's confusing guessing what is in what bag.


  • Make sure that you listen to the teachers when they tell you what not to bring. Most places will not permit you to bring gum, candy, food, or cell phones.

Things You'll Need

  • Sleeping bag/Sheets and blankets
  • Toiletries - Like toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, etc.
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Enough clothes to get you through the week
  • A rain poncho/raincoat
  • Flashlight (If they are allowed)
  • Disposable camera (If they are allowed)
  • Chapstick
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain boots - Be sure to bring these, if it rains and you don't have them, you'll wish you did.
  • A daypack filled with a water bottle, flashlight (if allowed), a pencil and notebook, and your rubber boots if you're not already wearing them.

Article Info

Categories: Environmental Awareness | Scouting & Other Youth Groups