As your summer approaches, you’ll want to start
thinking about the best way to pack in order to optimize space and comfort for
your child at sleepaway camp. Depending on the length and type of camp your
child decides to attend and the distance it is from your home, you may prefer
to send your child with either a trunk or a duffle bag.
There are many different factors that go into
choosing the right type of luggage for your child’s camp experience. For
example, if your child is flying to camp, they may prefer a sleepaway camp duffle
bag instead of something more bulky or heavy. Read on for a comprehensive guide
to the camp trunks and duffle bags, and their different uses when it comes to
attending summer camp.
Weight of the Camp Luggage
It’s important to consider the size and weight
of your child’s camp luggage, as they will have to be able to carry any luggage
they bring. In addition, cabins usually have limited space for storage, so
anything oversized or super bulky might get in the way. With that being said,
duffle bags are great because they can easily be stored on
luggage racks, in storage rooms, or fit under the bunk.
While camp trunks are more difficult for kids to
lug around by themselves, they will help your child stay more organized
throughout the camp session. Trunks are large enough to function as a mini
dresser for your child while they are at camp. Look for camp trunks with wheels
and handles to assure easier movement.
The best luggage option for your child may
depend on the way the cabins are set up at your child’s camp. If each child has
space near their bunk to store a camp trunk, then that might be the best
option. Camp trunks are more bulky than duffle bags, but they may be sturdier.
If driving your child (or children) to camp,
trunks may require larger transport space, so be sure to consider if you can
fit your choice in your vehicle.
Price should also play a role in your deciding
whether to get a camp trunk or a sleepaway camp duffle bag. Duffle bags are
often cheaper than camp trunks, and you may already have one at home that you
are willing to the wear and tear of camp life.
It’s also smart to consider the cost of
shipping. Because of the weight of a trunk, it may ultimately be more expensive
to ship or to bring on a plane.
Does your child plan on attending camp for several
years to come? Do you (also) have younger children that hope to attend camp
some day? If so, you might want to invest in camp luggage that is more durable
so that it can be used for multiple summers.
Camp trunks are generally more durable than
duffle bags. In addition, trunks are typically
less susceptible to water damage than summer camp duffle bags.
Duffle bags usually feature handles and
sometimes also come with wheels, which will make it easier for your child to
get around when transporting luggage is necessary. If your child is flying to
camp, consider shipping their luggage so that they don’t need to haul it around
You may want to ask your camp staff whether kids
will have help moving their luggage into and out of the cabins. If your child has
to carry their luggage by themselves, you may want to practice moving and
carrying luggage with your child ahead of time.
It’s always a good idea to look into what your
camp recommends and permits. Pali Adventures permits both camp trunks and sleepaway
camp duffle bags. In addition, Pali Adventures has a well-stocked camp store
that offers a Sleeping Package as well as many wearables. Your child can literally show up with minimal
items from the packing list, and purchase a bedding bundle, sweatshirts, pjs, and
a 5-shirt T-shirt bundle for their stay.
You don’t want your child to have anxiety about
packing, moving luggage, or having the right supplies. So make sure you give
yourself plenty of planning time to ensure that your child has all the right
luggage and gear to have a great time at summer camp. And make sure they know
what items are tucked away in their trunk or duffle bag so it is one less thing
to think about at camp.