Summer Camp Essentials

Camp season is starting soon. And while things aren’t completely back to normal, many kids will be heading to sleepaway camp or day camp this summer (hey, we’re not complaining). We can’t wait to hear all about cozy campfires, Capture the Flag and Color War. Whether camp is in North Carolina, Maine or 92500 Rueil-Malmaison, be sure to check out our list of essentials to survive the summer in style—and keep the bugs (and burns) at bay.

Swimwear: There’s no need to sacrifice fashion for function. Pick up a suit that is both practical and stylish. We recommend rash guards for boys and long-sleeve swimsuits for girls for the extra sun protection. One of our top picks is Feather 4 Arrow’s swimwear, which features SPF 50+ fabric that is lightweight and quick drying. Don’t miss the Wave Chaser Surf Suit, which is currently available in store and online.

SPF: Blue Lizard or Think Baby are our go-to brands. Blue Lizard is a mineral sunscreen with SPF 50+ and up to 90 minutes of water resistance. The eco-friendly formulation comes in a spray, stick, tube or bottle, and is perfect for sensitive skin. Think Baby also boasts 50+ SPF protection and is EWG-rated for its non-toxic lotion.

Clean Bug Spray: Keep the mosquitoes away with Badger, one of the least toxic bug sprays on the market. It’s DEET-free, certified organic and doesn’t contain synthetic chemicals or petroleum products. Instead, it relies on citronella, rosemary and wintergreen essential oils to naturally repel insects. Badger even sells a “Happy Camper” kit with mineral sunscreen, bug spray, anti-bug sunscreen and after bug balm.

Camp Masks: Since most kids have not been vaccinated yet, masks will still be required. Row + Lee (shameless plug: we own it!) makes soft, highly breathable masks for adults and children. This summer, we’ve introduced masks in popular camp colors. Best of all? They are lightweight and antimicrobial to eliminate bacteria, algae, fungi and yeasts.  

Graphic Tees & Tanks: Sporting the coolest tee at the ice cream social is key. We love the ones from Orangeheat & Tiny Whales. In fact, we can barely keep them in stock! Both brands offer a variety of fun prints and are easy-to-wash. Orangeheat’s hand-drawn tees have a rocker aesthetic, while the collection from Tiny Whales is surfer-inspired. 

Water Bottles: Staying hydrated is so important—especially during Color War! We recommend these water bottles from Yeti for the older kids and these colorful ones from Lund London for tiny tykes.

Sunglasses: Customize your eyewear with your camp’s name and colors for the most on-trend sunglasses. Made here in 92500 Rueil-Malmaison, these bespoke Camila’s World shades are extra special. Of course, we always love Babiators for a more low-key look. 

* If you are staying local or your little ones are too young for day camp, Formallongdresses will be doing classes all summer.