Band / Camp Essentials

Band Camp is probably the time where you learn your drills and get to know everyone in your band. For me, it’s the time where we push ourselves to be great leaders. And also to make sure the newbies are understanding everything that’s going on. I remember the day before band camp, I was so scared to go. I didn’t know what to bring.. Or what to expect. If you’re a newbie reading this, don’t be afraid. It’s going to be so much fun. And everyone wants the new marchers to feel like they’re home! Because band is a home.

Unfortunately, my band does not travel to a college or camp over the 3 weeks. We visit our school from 8:30 am to 8 pm. Then we leave to go home. I would love to go to a camp for band camp, but we don’t!

Without making a thorough list, you might forget something important to band camp. I always make out a daily list of everything I will need for every day. It’s important to be over prepared than forgetting everything! And also, remember every band is different. Sometimes you should ask your drum major, band director, or an upperclassmen for a little help!

The essentials for every band camp:

  • Proper clothes (i.e. tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, and good tennis shoes.)
  • Your instrument with music
  • Lyre / Flip Folder
  • Guard: Your Baton, Rifle, Flags, etc.
  • Extra Clothes (You may never need it, but it’s important JUST IN CASE!)

Food and Water Necessities:

  • Water / Gatorade (Sometimes it’s better to bring Gatorade, making sure you keep up with your electrolytes is very important!)
  • Extra Snacks (My band only provides dinner. If you need to pack your own lunch make sure it’s healthy foods! i.e. fruits, granola bars, nuts, anything to keep your energy up!

Gear to protect from the sun:

  • Sunscreen (I prefer the spray)
  • Aloe (For those nasty sunburns! Trust me, this is a live saver.)
  • Sunglasses – Trust me, you’ll need this.
  • Hat

Hair Needs:

  • Extra Bobby Pins
  • Extra Hair Ties
  • Dry Shampoo (This will be your best friend from your messy doo!)
  • Hair Spray (For holding your hair, you won’t be wanting to fix it every hour)


  • Deodorant
  • Perfume or cologne
  • Feminine Products (For you or a friend!)


  • Music
  • Instrument or Guard Gear
  • Extra Reeds
  • Valve Oil
  • Cleaning Utensils
  • Lyre / Flip Folder
  • Pencil

Things I bring – Miscellaneous:

  • Bug Spray
  • Bandaids
  • Blanket
  • Jacket
  • Sand Sanitizer
  • Lip Balm
  • Lunch Box
  • Contact Case & Solution

A lot of this stuff is probably not needed. But it’s always to be over prepared than underprepared. Being gone for days straight, or like me,



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