2018 Homeschool Road Trips Alabama

Packing for Space Camp

Our trip to Space Camp is less than two weeks away!  We are all getting so excited! We have over 150 traveling with us this year!  It is going to be a blast! Space Camp has a packing list, but I wanted to be sure to mention a few things that are not on their list.

Name Tags will be provided and will need to be worn.

Packing list


  • Medications (over the counter or prescription) and supplements. These will be kept with you and dispensed by you.
  • Spending money for vending machines – $1 denominations (or pack snacks and drinks). The cafeteria is open to us, but still costs.
  • Combination padlocks for your lockers in your room. This set is affordable and I have confirmed will work for the lockers at Space Camp!
  • Cameras and Video Cameras are encouraged.
  • Bug Spray.
  • Toiletries: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush.
  • Towels and washcloths. Be sure to bring a beach towel to hang over the shower door. It is not see-through, but can see shapes and shadows.
  • Hair brush/comb.
  • Hair Dryer.
  • Flip flops or shower shoes.
  • Sleepwear.
  • Casual clothes (see dress code below).
  • Climate appropriate outerwear (jacket/rain poncho.
  • Socks and athletic shoes (closed-toe shoes).
  • Ziplock bags and trash bags for dirty clothes.
  • Lip balm for chapped or wind-burned lips.
  • Water bottle.
  • Hat.
  • Backpack or day pack.
  • Sunscreen.
  • If over 16 and joining the Marshall visit, you will need to bring a government issued ID Card with picture (driver’s license, driver’s permit, State issued ID card, etc.)
  • I always take my pillow… feels more like home!
  • Umbrellas

Might want to Bring

  • Bible if you do morning or evening devotionals.
  • Journal. Would be a great time to start one for this school year.
  • An address book for the kids to swap addresses so they can be pen pals.
  • Lovies/soothers. Things that help our kids calm down at night after a long, busy, stimulating day.
  • Noise maker. I’m bringing one for sure!!
  • Chargers for my phone. I know I’m going to run out of juice half way through the day.

Don’t Bring

  • Nuts and nut-containing items are NOT allowed (not just peanut products, all nut products)
  • Skates or roller shoes
  • Hand-held computer games
  • Other expensive Items

Dress Code

While attending the program, trainees and families are required to dress in an appropriate and conservative manner.

  • Swimwear – Males should wear board-type swim shorts and a t-shirt.

Campers will be asked to refrain from wearing the following:

  • Shorts that do not cover the upper thigh
  • Dresses/skirts without shorts underneath
  • Low-cut tops
  • Tank tops that have straps that measure less than one inch in width
  • Any clothing that reveals undergarments
  • Shirts that reveal the midriff
  • Clothing (including hats) that display risqué, offensive, inappropriate logos, mottos or art. This includes, but is not limited to, logos advertising or advocating the use of alcoholic products, tobacco products or drugs.

If I left anything off, please let me know! I’ll get your question answered ASAP!

Questions and answers

Is Bedding provided?

Yes, they will provide bedding. Note that they are camp pillows and mattresses so some extra padding or pillow from home might be advantageous to adults. And if you are not using all the bunks in your pod/room, you can double up with them.

Do the doors lock in the habitat?

No, the doors do not lock. Lockers are provided. Bring your own locks.

Will Girl Scouts be able to earn badges?

They will provide scout letters based on the curriculum your children complete. They can take these letters back home to the leaders to get credit.

Do we have Wi-Fi?

There is wifi around campus. Some locations are hit/miss depending on where closest access point is. The habitats are pretty good.

Is there a refrigerator available to us?


Is there access to bottled water?

If you bring a water bottle there are places such as cafe you can refill.

Is coffee available in the habitats? 

In the habitat there is a coffee vending machine. Otherwise the camp cafeteria has coffee first thing in the morning. They keep fountain soda off at breakfast but it is on at lunch and dinner. Juice and milk available at breakfast. There are vending machines around campus as well.

Are hair dryers provided?


Will we need swimwear?

Only if you are participating in the Scuba Experience.

About the author


Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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