By: Kyla D. 

Have you ever been on a Girl Scout sleepover or overnight trip and realized you forgot to pack something that you really need? I polled several leaders and I have put together a list of ten things that every girl should pack for a Girl Scout trip. But, before I begin, I must stress that the first rule before going on any trip is to label everything with your first and last name as you pack. After all, you will not be the only one with a yellow tooth brush or a pink hair brush. Remember that this list of 10 things are essential to making your Girl Scout experience even better! 

  1. 1. Drawstring Bag 
It’s really useful to have a drawstring bag during Girl Scout trips because they are so versatile. You can carry around small items like sunscreen, water bottles, bug spray, and hair ties much more easily. You’ll never have to worry about losing anything again! 
  1. 2. Water Bottle 
Staying hydrated is so important when you’re having fun. Drink plenty of water even in cold weather.  Your water bottle should be lightweight, unbreakable, and have a secure lid. 
  1.  3. Sit-Upon  
Sit-upons are a Girl Scout tradition that can also be a fun troop activity that allows you to show your creative side, and it prevents you from sitting on the wet grass. Plus, you can carry stuff in a sit upon. I call that a win-win! 
  1.  4. Clothing 
This one’s kind of obvious. It’s important to have fresh clothes every day. One tip that can help you stay organized is to put each day’s clothes in a jumbo sized Ziplock bag when you pack! Also, BE PREPARED! Temperatures can change during a trip so bring an extra layer or set of clothes. 

  1. 5. Sunscreen and Bug Repellent 
Use sunscreen and lip balm with SPF 15 or more to protect your skin. A sunburn can ruin your fun Girl Scout trip! You should also bring bug spray to keep away those pesky insects. 

  1. 6. Hygiene Products 
Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc. Enough said! You must use hygiene products so that your Girl Scout experience is comfortable for yourself and everyone around you. 

  1. 7. Bandanas 
Bandanas are so versatile that you can't leave home without one. You can use them as a hat,  hair tie, sling, towel, or as a hot or cool compress.   

  1. 8. Flashlight 
Nights can get pretty dark, especially when you are primitive camping. You may need to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night or you may want to play flashlight tag with your troop. Don’t forget to pack an extra set of batteries to keep the fun going. 

  1. 9. Proper Shoes 
Don’t forget to bring a pair of comfortable sneakers for outdoor adventures  and a pair of flip flops to wear in the shower. These items keep your feet safe from things seen and unseen. 
  1. 10. Poncho   
    The weather can be unpredictable and rain can really put a damper on your trip if you don't have a poncho.  Sitting in wet clothes can be uncomfortable and lead to hypothermia. So, don't leave home without it! 

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