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The Camp Counsellor Packing List

We hear a lot of questions that sound like “What should I pack?” and “I’m a camp counsellor, what should be on my list?”

So we’ve noted down all the items that you need on your Canadian camp counsellor packing list.

Packing for a summer camp with Camp Canada is one of the hottest topics this time of year. Whether you're a last minute packer or have had your list ready and waiting since sign-up, we’re here to help you make sure you don’t forget anything.

Author: Camp Canada
23 Jan 14:51

From your classic 'Should I take a suitcase or a backpack?' to sitting on your suitcase in an attempt to zip it shut... we've been there and definitely done that.

To help you get organised and to make sure you're packing the summer camp essentials we've made you 'The Camp Counsellor Packing List' with everything you'll ever need to know about packing for your trip as a camp counsellor, all in one place.

Read on to find what you need plus a few extra pro tips... no need to thank us, happy packing!


3x Pyjamas - You’ll need those cosy ones, the short ones and the goofy ones all for your time during camp.

3x Pairs of Shorts

A Pair of Jeans - You can never go wrong with a pair of jeans, they’ll be your fancy clothes at camp.

7x T-Shirts - 1 a day. Hit the laundry. Repeat.

A Warm Hoodie - To pair with your jeans on that cold day, or even to make the nights a little cosier. Hoodies are the best.

7x Pairs of Underwear - It’s the same story as the T-Shirts, but if you ever want to be certain… maybe take 8 pairs.

7x Pairs of Socks

3x Swimwear - As a camp counsellor you’ll have the opportunity to join in on the fun activities with the campers, including the water sports, so be prepared to get in the water!


2x Pairs of Sneakers - They are comfortable and practical, and you’ll be wearing them all day. Every day.

A Pair of Casual Shoes - Don’t forget there will be time for you to leave the camp and have a wander as well as your time after the camp weeks. You’ll be grateful you brought a pair of ‘normal’ shoes.

A Pair of Flip-Flops - For waterfront walking.




Travel-Sized Shampoo/Conditioner - You’ll be able to shop for more size-appropriate items when you get there.

Body Wash


Baby Wipes - Good to have.

Bug Spray - 110%

Needed medication - Keep these in your hand luggage. For the border security checks, make sure they are in their original labeled containers

Small Essentials

Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone Charger Cable

An Adapter

A Portable Charger - This can be very useful if you are travelling long-distance after your time at camp.

A Pair of Sunglasses - We recommend polarised sunglasses, especially if you’re on waterfront!

A Photo from Home - You’ll be away from home for a while, taking memories such as a picture of your family and/or your family pet can bring you back to home and make your smile even bigger (if possible).

A Camera - You will definitely want to take a record of all of your amazing experiences at camp and on your adventures. Selfie stick optional.

Snacks - Take ALL the snacks.


$200CAD - This will depend on how often and how much you are paid, but you’ll know this before arriving at camp. A pro tip would be to get a travel card and top up if and when needed.

Travel Documents

Your Passport - Don’t forget.

Your eTA - You will need this.

Flight Itinerary

Boarding Passes

Your Placement Agreement

Medical Check Documents

ICPC Check Document

Staff Recommendations

JC - “A headlamp and a good attitude ready for adventure are all I need.”

Maike - “If you’re into photography (and I don’t mean the iPhone kind), carry all film with you onboard, as screening equipment for checked luggage can damage undeveloped film. Books! Soft covers and magazines are the best, and it’s always a good idea to bring books you don’t mind parting with in a good book swap! Important documents: taking a picture of passport/important documents and email it to yourself.”

Taiva - “Zip Lock bags of all shapes and sizes are your friends! 7 pairs of underwear? In a ziplock. Undershirts? In a ziplock. Socks? In a ziplock. Important documents? In a ziplock. Lotions & liquids? In a ziplock. You get the idea! I find zip lock bags useful as a dresser drawer replacement when you’re trying to keep your clothes from ending up as one big tangle. Not into the plastic, try cheap mesh bags instead. Wet-wipes: Ever gone weeks without a shower? Been packed in a crowded van on a hot and dusty road and emerged caked in sweat and dirt? Have to put in contact lenses but your hands are so dirty they shouldn’t be anywhere near your eyes? Wet wipes are a life-saver when you need to feel refreshed and do a quick clean up. For the environmentally friendly, a reusable facecloth works just fine.”

If you still are unsure about anything, you can always get in touch. Contact a member of the Camp Canada team today with any questions or even speak with people who have been before.

They’re the ones who will know exactly what you need for your camp counsellor packing list. Returners can be found on your camp’s Facebook group or the Camp Canada Facebook group.

There you have it.

One huge list of what to have on your camp counsellor packing list happy packing. Did you find this list useful? Send us a message on Facebook or pop an email our way to let us know! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our camp gurus if you have any questions. Our team members have all been to camp themselves, numerous times, so will have invaluable advice and answers for anything you might be wondering about.

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