“Is that absolutely necessary?” This question is key to eliminating an enormous amount of stuff on our “Things to Pack” list! When you take the time to think about it, a lot of the items our kids take to camp aren’t really dire and could be lived without for a week or two. Does little Sally really need five pillows and all of her favorite stuffed animals? Many kids over pack things to keep them entertained like books, board games, arts and crafts, sports equipment, and electronics. Remember, the purpose of the camp is to provide activities. Your child will likely not even have time for these. It’s probably not necessary to pack first aid kits as the camp should already be well-supplied. Other non-essentials include cosmetics, jewelry, and multiples of most things like hats, sunglasses, and water bottles. Limiting the number of possessions taken simplifies packing, unpacking, and grabbing things on the go while at camp.