What to Bring to a Sleepover—The Ultimate Checklist

Wondering what to bring to a sleepover? We've got you covered with the ultimate list.

Not sure what to bring to a sleepover? You’re not alone. Packing always feels complicated, and that is especially true when your child will be leaving for the night without you.

To lower the stress level, break down the process of preparing your child for a sleepover. Start by making a list of what to pack (we’ve included one here). Then, make a plan with your child about what to do if they’re homesick. The more you plan ahead, the less stress you’ll both feel later on.

Once the packing is done and overnight nerves are at bay, you and your child can get to the fun stuff, such as what kind of sleepover games to play and things to do at a sleepover.

Packing Tips for Sleepovers

Packing for a sleepover can feel overwhelming, especially if this is your child’s first time. You don’t want to totally overpack, but you also don’t want to forget something. If your child is feeling anxious about time away from home, you’re likely feeling an additional layer of stress right now. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Pack light: Your child will likely be gone for less than 24 hours, so there’s no need to stuff their bag with every little thing.

  • Involve your child: Include your child when packing their overnight bag, and be sure to ask if they’d like a special stuffed animal or toy from home.

  • Keep a go-to bag: Consider keeping a bag that is only used for sleepovers. You could even keep a checklist in there to make packing a breeze.

  • Check-in with the host: It’s always a good idea to check in with the parent who is hosting the sleepover. Ask them if your child will need any special clothing or gear and what you can bring. Send along some fun slumber party snacks or the makings for kid-friendly charcuterie boards!

  • Make a plan: If your child is feeling a bit hesitant about sleeping away from home, a clear plan may help. Talk through everything that will happen and decide what your child will do if they want to come home.

What to Pack for a Slumber Party

Sleepover Packing Checklist GraphicTaste of Home

Keep this list handy so that you can start saying yes to more impromptu sleepover invitations.

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag

  • Pillow

Clothing

  • Set of pajamas

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Clothes for the next day

  • Extra set of clothes (You never know when a slumber party activity like pizza making will get messy!)
  • Sweatshirt

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Face wash

  • Deodorant

  • Orthodontic gear

Fun Stuff

  • Favorite stuffed animal

  • Family picture (for kids prone to homesickness)

  • Book

  • Small toy

  • Flashlight

  • Air freshener (for those dirty clothes)

Carrie Madormo, RN
Carrie is a health writer and nurse who specializes in healthy eating and wellness through food. With a master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, she strives to translate the latest health and nutrition research into interesting, actionable articles. During her six years at Taste of Home, Carrie has answered hundreds of reader questions about health and nutrition, such as if pomegranate seeds are safe to eat, why pregnant women crave pickles and how much caffeine is in a shot of espresso. Carrie is also a former health coach and food blogger.