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The Ultimate School Camp Rucksack Packing Guide

The Ultimate School Camp Rucksack Packing Guide

Is your child excitedly (or maybe anxiously) preparing for their upcoming school camp? Fear not, fellow parents and guardians! While the packing list might seem daunting, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to send your camper off with a fit-for-purpose rucksack that ensures a seamless and enjoyable adventure.

Here at Camp Buddy, an Australian family-owned business, we understand the importance of being prepared. That's why we offer a comprehensive assortment of camping products, so you can find everything your child needs in one convenient location.

This guide will take you through the essential steps for packing a school camp rucksack, ensuring your child has everything they need for a comfortable and successful camping experience.


Before You Pack:

Double-check the list: School camps typically provide a detailed list of required items. Familiarise yourself with it and ensure you have everything on hand before packing.

Invest in a quality rucksack

Choose a backpack that's the right size for your child's age and build. Look for adjustable straps for a comfortable fit and multiple compartments for organised packing.


What to Pack

Rucksacks: When choosing a rucksack for your child's school camp, consider the camp's duration and the amount of gear they need to carry. Daypacks are suitable for shorter camps or day trips, while rucksacks with larger capacities are ideal for longer stays.

Daypacks:  A good-quality daypack is perfect for carrying essentials on day hikes or excursions during the camp. Look for one with enough space for a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, and a rain jacket.

Duffle bags: While not essential for packing the rucksack, a duffle bag can be a great way to transport bulky items like sleeping bags or extra clothes to and from the camp.

Apparel: Pack a variety of clothes suitable for the expected weather conditions. Consider layers for adaptability, including thermal base layers, comfortable pants, long-sleeved shirts, a raincoat, and a change of clothes (including socks and underwear).

Sleeping Gear: Depending on the camp location, you might need a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow, and a sleeping bag liner for extra warmth.

Footwear: Pack sturdy closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor activities, along with a comfortable pair of sandals or flip-flops for lounging.

Sun Protection: Don't forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield your child from the sun's harmful rays.

Essentials: Pack a reusable water bottle, a headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries, a small first-aid kit, toiletries (including insect protection), and a personal hydration bottle.

Optional Extras: Depending on the camp activities, consider packing a swimsuit, towel, bug net, a small notebook and pen, a deck of cards, or a light book for entertainment.

At Camp Buddy, we understand the importance of having the right gear for a successful school camp experience. We offer a wide range of quality and affordable camping products,  including rucksacks, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, hydration bottles, and much more.

Shop with confidence knowing that our products are tested and sourced with your child's comfort and safety in mind.


How to Pack your Rucksack

Below is an illustrated example demonstrating the art of packing a backpack for an expedition. Essentially, the key lies in distributing weight efficiently and ensuring convenient access to essential items during the day and emergencies. Placing heavy gear towards the front of the backpack can offset your balance, making uphill treks more challenging. Here's how to pack your gear effectively:


  1. Begin by placing your heaviest or bulkiest item, like your tent, at the bottom of your backpack, positioned vertically against your back. This arrangement keeps the weight close to your body, easing the burden of carrying it.
  2. Position your sleeping bag beside the tent to maintain balance. Remember to store your sleeping bag within a waterproof bag to shield it from moisture.
  3. Place bulkier items, such as cooking equipment, in the middle section of your backpack.
  4. Utilise any bottom access points in your backpack to stash a change of clothes in a dry bag. The remaining clothing can fill up any remaining gaps in the pack.
  5. Counterbalance the weight of the side pockets with liquids, ensuring they remain upright to prevent leakage. These liquids may include water bottles and liquid fuel.
  6. Store your food items at the top of the backpack, with readily accessible snacks positioned at the very top. This arrangement streamlines access to food and protects it from being squashed.
  7. Reserve space for your waterproof gear at the topmost layer of the backpack, enabling swift access in case of rain.
  8. Lastly, utilize the space in the lid of your backpack to store items you may need during the day, such as a first aid kit, snacks, sunscreen, and a head torch.

Once you've completed packing, give your backpack a shake to ensure there are no unutilised spaces left.

By following these simple packing tips and utilising the resources available at Camp Buddy, you can ensure your child has a fantastic school camp experience. With a well-packed rucksack and the right gear, they'll be ready to conquer any adventure the camp throws their way!

Remember, a well-organised and prepared camper is a happy camper! So, take a deep breath, follow this guide, and get ready to send your child off on an unforgettable school camp adventure.