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To Trunk or Not to Trunk…

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Hey, Camp Aficionados!

Today begins our four-part series throughout the month of May. I’ll be posting helpful advice and giving you the breakdown of the different phases that go into summer camp packing. This series will share words of the wise, straight from ‘The Summer Camp Handbook,’ the comprehensive guidebook written by camp experts, Dr. Chris Thurber and Dr. Jon Malinowski.

Of course, before you can focus on proper and perfected packing techniques, you need to know what type of container is best for your camper’s camp stay. The right container for your camper could be a footlocker trunk, it might be a suitcase, or a duffel bag, or it could be a large backpack. Check your camp’s information packet to see if a preferred type of container is listed.

If not, you should call the camp to ask. It’s a good idea to follow the recommendation of the camp director because they know how much space is available from closets, drawers, and lockers in the living quarters.

Footlocker trunks are a favorite for camps because they are tough, compact, and easy to organize. And they can double as card tables, chairs, and step-on ladders to top bunks too. However, if your child’s camp specifies another alternative, you can find great duffel bags as well as an assorted handful of backpacks. You can also find the one and only Pivotal Soft Case right here!

If your camp offers a choice of what to pack clothes and gear in, consider all your different options and the job you’ll expect a container to do for your kid’s camp experience:

Duffel Bag or Soft Case/SuitcaseThe Pop Up Soft Trunk is the best hard trunk alternative
If the trip to camp involves an airplane, keep in mind that it’s easier to bring a suitcase than a hard trunk. Our Pop-Up-Soft-Trunks serve flyers well also. Of course, if the living quarters are like a dorm room, with closets and drawers, then a duffel bag may be the best container. Once unpacked, duffel bags can be folded and stuffed under your camper’s bed or in a drawer.

If your camper plans on a lot of hiking, a large backpack is best. If you’re going to a store to pick one out, be sure to select a frame pack feels comfortable when fully loaded (almost any backpack feels comfy in the store when it’s empty).

Camp Trunk
If the living quarters don’t have drawers, trunks keep clothes and gear neater than suitcases, backpacks and duffel bags. If your child will be doing only day-long hikes, it’s best to pack everything in a trunk, but bring a separate day pack.

Enjoy checking out all the container options that we have available on our site and be sure to come back next Monday for tips on selecting the right gear to pack inside your container. As always, thanks for reading!


- JohnNothing like a good ol' camp trunk for your camper's summer camp stay!


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