Are you going to band camp for the first time, or maybe a returning member who needs their memory jogged? Here’s the packing list I use when I’m getting ready for band camp!
- Light colored/lightweight tops: tshirts, tank tops, or whatever you feel comfortable in. I generally like white, pale blue, pink, grey, etc. Bring an extra top every day in case you need to change.
- Athletic shorts: any color. You won’t have a good day running around in jeans or khakis.
- Athletic socks. This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. Bring an extra pair! Nothings worse than wet socks.
- Athletic shoes/Sneakers. I wear nikes, but any kind will do. Just make sure you’re comfortable in whatever you get since you’ll be wearing them a lot. Comfortable shoes is the key to success.
- If applicable: Sports Bras. Regular every day bras just won’t be enough for you to be comfortable at band camp.
- Always eat breakfast. I suggest stuff that’s high in protein and low in fats/sugars. I generally like peanut butter toast and some greek yogurt with fresh fruit. This is up to you, but make sure you eat something sustainable to start your day. Not eating breakfast is the number one reason why people pass out during band camp.
- WATER. You ABSOLUTELY need a water jug. Not a 20oz camelbak or whatever, but a water jug. I use a half-gallon jug. You can get a cheap waterjug at walmart. It’s very important that you stay hydrated. Drink water before, during, and after band camp.
- Gatorade/Powerade. This isn’t something you necessarily need, but sports drinks are really good for replenishing your electrolytes. DON’T use sports drinks as a replacement for water, but instead something to go along with water. I suggest a small bottle around lunch time, but not much more than that. Also, drink with caution. The sugar in these kind of drinks can attract yellowjackets and other unwanted bugs.
- LUNCH. If your camp requires you to pack a lunch, try to pack healthy foods that are high in protein. Try to eat some fresh fruits and vegetables. Stay away from high amounts of sugary items, and definitely stay away from sodas. Eating an unhealthy lunch will make the second half of your day bad. If you eat a bunch of foods like pizza and soda you’re just going to end up feeling really crappy.
- Advil, Band aids, antibiotics, gauze, medical tape, etc. Your band probably has a first-aid kit handy, but I like to bring my own in case.
- Aloe Vera Gel/Cream. If you’re lucky enough not to sunburned, someone else will. Keeping aloe gel with you can help you feel better if you get sunburned, or can help your friends when they inevitable get sunburned.
- Any medical things you may need. If there’s any medications you’re on, bring those. Take any allergy medications you take regularly. If you need an epi-pen or inhaler, definitely have those with you too.
- Sunglasses. This isn’t a must, but I highly suggest wearing sunglasses for eye protection.-
- Sunhat/Baseball Cap. Again, this isn’t a must, but they’re really good for keeping the sun off your face.
- SUNSCREEN! I don’t care if you usually burn, or what your skin tone is, you ABSOLUTELY NEED sunscreen. Remember to apply generously and frequently.
- Bug Spray. I suppose this depends on your area. Where I live mosquito’s can be an issue so I always like to keep some bug spray with me.
- Anything for your instrument. Remember to bring valve oil, slide grease, a cleaning cloth, reeds, etc.
Every band is different, so check with your band for specifics. If you have any questions on any of this stuff or where to buy it, you can ask me. Remember to have fun, but mostly, stay safe and healthy at band camp!