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Camp Mendocino does not allow cell phones at Camp (and we don't have cell phone service anywhere at Camp!). If campers/teens bring them, they will be stored safely until campers/teens get back on the bus.


This list is prepared for your convenience, but individuals should bring what works for them. The limit for bags on the bus is two per person. Camp Mendocino can fluctuate in temperature so we highly suggest bringing layers. At Camp Mendocino you will be outdoors running, jumping, hiking, and much more – please bring clothes that you are willing to get dirty or worn out. 

Bed and Bath
  • 1 Warm sleeping bag
  • 1 Pillow
  • 2 Towels (1 for bath, 1 for swimming)
  • Toiletries:
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Soap
    • Hair care products
    • Lotion
    • Feminine products
    • Bug spray
    • Sun Screen
    • Hand sanitizer

(The weather at Camp is hot during the day and cool at night. Layers are recommended.)

  • Pajamas

  • 10-12 Underwear

  • 1 Swimsuit

  • 5 Pairs of pants

  • 2-4 Pairs of shorts

  • 6-8 Short-sleeved t-shirts

  • 4-6 Long-sleeved shirts

  • 2-4 sweatshirts or sweaters

  • 1-2 Warm jackets

  • 1 Pair flip flops (for swimming or showers)
  • 1-3 Pairs of sneakers or hiking boots

  • 10 Pairs of socks

​All medication must be turned in when your camper boards the bus in original bottles with directions (see Camp staff with questions about inhalers or EpiPens). Do not pack medication in your camper’s luggage. Camp provides first aid and over-the-counter medication as needed.


  • 10-15 face masks

  • Water bottle

  • Hat with visor for sun protection

  • Sunglasses

  • Beanie/warm hat

Recommended items

  • Laundry bag

  • Small backpack

  • Sunscreen

  • Journal, book, or coloring book for downtime

  • Flashlight or head lamp with batteries

  • Disposable camera

Not allowed at Camp

  • Cell phones

  • Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives

  • Animals or pets

  • iPods, video games, or other electronics

  • Clothing that divides or “represents” one group

  • Clothing that references weapons, drugs or alcohol, gangs, or offensive language

  • Money – if you would like your camper to have spending money for the Canteen, you can add money to their account online or at the bus departure

  • Lighters or matches

Theme days and special costumes

Each session has certain days designated as theme days (like tie-dye, twins, superheroes). Campers are encouraged to bring items they can wear for their session’s theme days, however costumes are not required. Many campers use resources at Camp to create outfits for these days. Creativity is encouraged! Specific theme days will be sent to families prior to their sessions starting. 

Note on labeling your items and our Lost & Found policy

  • We highly recommend labeling your campers clothing using permanent marker or washable clothing labels

  • We will make every effort to return your camper with all of their items. Any items left behind at Camp, we will hold on to for 14 days after your camper's last day at Camp. If it is labeled, these items will be easier to get back to you. Unlabeled and unclaimed items after 14 days will be washed and donated. 

Important notes

  • These are the suggested amounts.

  • All medication must be handed in at the bus departure to Camp staff before your camper boards the bus. All medications must be in the original bottles with directions for the medical staff at Camp.

  • Camp Mendocino is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

  • Camp Mendocino does not allow drugs or alcohol at Camp for campers or staff. For campers, this also includes cigarettes, lighters, and any tobacco products.

  • Camp Mendocino is a nut free zone.

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