When you’re ready to send your child to summer camp, there are many things you’ll need to prepare (and consider) to keep your kid happy at their home away from home.

We asked Digital Media Academy’s Director of Guest Services, Rima Matthews, for some guidance about what items campers should pack for camp. For parents, these tips can help make your child’s camp experience a great one.

ready-for-campA great summer-camp experience starts with a good packing list.

Summer Camp Essentials

  • Comfortable clothing for daytime or evening activities
  • Bed linens (sleeping bag or sheets)
  • Towels
  • Pillow
  • Alarm clock
  • Jacket/Sweatshirt
  • Robe
  • Tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops, for example)
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit/trunks
  • Toiletries (including toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo)
  • Any media (like video, music or photos) that may be applicable for your course
  • Recreational equipment (optional)
  • Movies to share on “Movie Night” (G- or PG-rated only)

Packing the basics for an overnight camp will keep your kids comfortable at camp, while these tips can also help make sure moms and dads don’t have headaches later:

Keep Campers Fueled
Whether you have a day or overnight camper, send your kid with a snack or bottle of water for each day. “DMA provides water,” Rima points out, “But it’s still nice for a camper to have their own bottle.”

Leave Valuables at Home
Digital Media Academy provides most everything campers need during camp – this includes a computer workstation for the week. So leave everything else at home, unless it’s required for the camp course. “Kids can lose possessions very easily and theft, while rare, can also occur,” says Rima. “So we recommend students not bring any valuable items or expensive electronics (such as laptop computers, game devices, cell phones, etc.) to camp.” Please note: DMA is not responsible for theft or damage to personal items.

Keeping it Safe
Campers may want to bring a bike or other type of transportation to camp, but Rima advises against it: “Due to safety concerns, DMA does not allow student campers to bring skateboards to campus, due to the potential for possible injury.”

Plan Now & Book Early
Many popular camps sell out quickly. To ensure you get the camp and week of your choice, Rima recommends registering early. “We expect to sell out of all our camps this summer,” she says. “Plus, when you register early you get great summer camp discounts.”

Digital Media Academy, the world’s best technology camp, gives students hands-on experience creating the future. Campers build confidence as they master skills, such as learning to program Java. DMA offers more than 70 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-themed camp courses.