What should I pack?

We recommend...

Packing items in a rolling carry-on suitcase or rolling duffel bag that is easy for the camper to manage. Our lodging facilities are designed with limited personal storage to acquaint students with space limitations on the International Space Station (Space Camp) and in barracks (Aviation Challenge).

Weeklong Programs Packing List

  • Masks (previously worn so child is comfortable wearing them)
  • Pillow
  • Bed linens (twin sheets, pillow case, blanket)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spending money for vending machines - $1 denominations. Vending Machines CAN NOT use wristband funds
  • Add funds to wristband. Wristband funds are used at gift shops and Planetarium snack bar.
  • Combination padlock (Please ensure trainee knows how to operate the lock.)
  • Bug Spray
  • Toiletries: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Towels (2) and washcloths
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Flip flops or shower shoes
  • Sleepwear
  • Casual clothes/active wear suitable for active pursuits
  • Aviation Challenge Campers Only - (2) Pairs of heavy-duty fabric pants that are okay to get dirty.
  • Swimsuit - Due to the active nature of our water activities, for the child's safety and comfort, we require males to wear board shorts and a t-shirt and females to wear a one piece swimsuit with shorts and a t-shirt.
  • Climate appropriate outerwear (jacket/rain poncho)
  • Socks and athletic shoes (closed-toe shoes)
  • Laundry bags for dirty clothes
  • Lip balm for chapped or wind-burned lips
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Prescription medication, if needed
  • Backpack or day pack
  • During the months of Nov. - March, please bring a jacket, sweatshirt or coat, gloves and hat
  • For groups attending in late May – Sept., please bring sunscreen.

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What to leave at home... No outside food or beverages, portable music players, skates or roller shoes, handheld computer games or other expensive items. We discourage cell-phones and other electronic devices. Nuts/peanuts and nut-containing items are NOT allowed in any Space Camp trainee areas of the Space Camp Crew Galley (dining area). Any nut/peanut products brought in will be confiscated and disposed of immediately and without reimbursement.


Space Camp and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
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