Packing tips for overnight camp: Buying a trunk

Are you ready to send your child to summer camp?

Are you ready to send your child to summer camp?

The final weeks of the school year are upon us, and if you haven't done so already, you're probably thinking about registering your child for overnight camp. Spending a week or two away from home gives your child a taste of independence and life away from mom and dad. Camp also allows parents to have some much-needed peace and quiet in their homes. 

One staple item that all overnight campers need is a trunk, where they will be keeping most of their belongings. Here's what you need to know about them: 


There are two basic types of trunks that are typically used at summer camps. The first, a collapsible cargo trunk, is made out of very sturdy material, but can be folded down to a smaller size when not in use. These products are great at camps where additional storage is provided. You can also use these trunks at other times of the year – they often come in handy during family road trips. 

You may be more familiar with the commonly used hard trunk. Campers will be expected to use these if they have no trunk storage. They can be found at outdoor supply stores. 

Picking an option 

The type of trunk that your child needs will also depend on the transportation that you use. If you are driving, it may not matter. If your camper is flying or taking a train, you may want to spend some time thinking about what works best. 

Another factor to consider is deadlines for deliveries to the camp. If you plan on shipping a trunk, pack the essentials and send it on its way. If you forget to pack an extra pair of shoes or your child's Dolfin Uglies swimsuit, you can always send those items later.