What To Bring To Sleepovers For Kids

Wondering what to bring to sleepovers? Whether your kids are going to a camping backyard sleepover or an indoor blanket fort pajama party, check out our ultimate what to pack for a sleepover checklist, ideas, and tips!

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Deciding things to bring to sleepovers can be tricky. There’s a fine line between packing too much for a child’s sleepover and then not packing for kids needs. Follow these slumber party tips to help make attending a sleepover a success!

Before we get to the sleepover list packing essentials (aka: sleepover bag essentials) and what to have at a sleepover, let’s get to how to pack for a sleepover…

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Sleepover Tips for Packing

  1. Look to the sleepover host for direction on what kids need to bring to a sleepover. (If details aren’t on the slumber party invitation, don’t hesitate to reach out to the party host.)
  2. Ask the slumber party host if your child needs anything special. (Will they be playing outside? Do kids need sleeping bags?)
  3. Start with a good kid sleepover bag. You can even use the child’s school backpack if it’s roomy enough to hold everything. If not, use one of your weekend getaway duffles. (Just don’t send your kids stuff in a used grocery store bag!)
  4. Pack light! It’s only an overnight pajama party, so there’s no need to go crazy.
  5. Don’t forget to pack sleepover essentials like toothbrush and toothpaste.
  6. Ask your kid what one item they would like to take.
  7. Show your kids where everything is packed (or, better yet, let them pack). That way they won’t have to take everything out of their overnight bag to find one thing.

Now that we’ve covered the sleepover checklist what to do, keep scrolling for more sleepover tips for kids, including slumber party essentials and what to wear to a sleepover for children — the ultimate slumber party checklist and sleepover bag checklist below!

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Kids Sleepover Bag

Before packing for a sleepover, you’ll want to start with good sleepover tote bags or even a roomy backpack. (You can even go as far as to get personalized sleepover bags so your kid’s stuff doesn’t get mixed up with others!) However, if your kids have a good backpack with different compartments, that will work well for a pajama party (especially if they’re only going for one night!). Kids overnight bags don’t have to be anything fancy (but they can be fun!).

OK! Let’s get to what to bring to a slumber party!

If you’re wondering what to bring to a sleepover for 12 year olds, 10 year olds, or teen sleepover parties, just adjust your list according to their age.


What To Bring To A Sleepover List

Here’s what to pack for a child’s sleepover! Some of these are sleepover essentials and others are fun things for kids to pack for sleepovers. Be sure to consider your child’s specific sleepover needs!

21 Things To Pack For Your Child When Heading to a Slumber Party

What should a kid bring to a sleepover?

  1. Pillow
  2. Sleeping bag or blanket
  3. Sleepover pajamas (jammies appropriate for the season)
  4. One full change of clothes
  5. Extra socks
  6. Extra underwear (accidents happen!)
  7. Favorite blanket or stuffed animal (lovey)
  8. Brush
  9. Toothbrush & toothpaste
  10. Hairbrush / hair accessories
  11. Bathroom necessities / beauty items / toiletry bag
  12. Small travel pack of wet wipes
  13. Single wrapped snack (if it’s OK with the pajama party host, bring one for everyone!)
  14. Water bottle filled with ice and water
  15. Small flashlight
  16. Phone and charger (if they have their own phone, if not, include a note with your phone number and email address in their bag)
  17. Book or small toy (in case they get bored or are awake when others sleep)
  18. Any special needs items or medications and directions for the sleepover parent host
  19. Special items your kids need for sleeping (you know, that one “non-scratchy” pillow case or Woof Woof the stuffed toy bunny)
  20. Prescription meds or special items for your child
  21. Extra cash

SLEEPOVER TIP: Check out these cute childrens sleeping bag and pillow animal!


What To Wear At A Sleepover For Children

When it comes to sleepovers for kids, comfort is key for sleepover packing.

Here are some suggestions for what to wear to a slumber party:

Pajamas: The most obvious choice for a sleepover is a cozy pair of pajamas. Choose ones that are comfortable and appropriate for the season. For example, a short-sleeved and short-legged pajama set may be perfect for summer, while long-sleeved and long-legged pajamas may be better for winter.

Sweatpants and a T-shirt: If your child prefers something less traditional, sweatpants and a T-shirt or shorts and a tshirt are good choices. Make sure the clothing is loose-fitting and comfortable.

Onesies: For younger children (or even teens), onesies can be a fun and comfortable option. They come in a range of styles and materials — it’s fun to get one of the animal onesies like this for sleepovers!

Robe: A comfortable robe can be a great addition to your child’s sleepover outfit if they’re used to wearing one. It can be worn over pajamas or other comfortable clothing and can be taken off easily if your child gets too warm or used for more warmth if they’re cold.

Socks: Don’t forget to pack a pair of warm socks to keep your child’s feet cozy throughout the night.

ALSO CHECK OUT: How to wake your friend up at a sleepover (funny slumber party pranks)

In addition to the list of essentials to pack for your child’s sleepover, sneak some fun slumber party items into your child’s bag!

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Fun Things To Bring To A Sleepover

It’s always fun to tuck some extra surprises when packing a kid’s sleepover bag. Here are some things to get for a sleepover that will make your kid smile while they’re spending the night at a friend’s house.

What To Bring To Party: Awesome Sleepover Items And What To Pack For Sleepover That’s Fun For Kids

  • Packaged treats like fruit snacks for midnight snacks*
  • Suckers*
  • Card games
  • Fun slumber party board game
  • Fun socks for everyone to enjoy at the pajama party*
  • Mini bubbles* (check with the party host first!)
  • Pack of inexpensive head lamps or mini flashlights (great to give as sleepover gifts!)
  • Fun pajama party activity like a paper airplane pack or origami kit
  • Light up party pack
  • A gift for the host* (see below)
  • Or any other fun slumber party products!

What would you add to the fun sleepover stuff list? We’ll add it to our what to pack to a sleepover checklist!

*As always, check with the parenting hosting a sleepover before sending fun sleepover favors for everyone.

Better yet? Ask the parents having the sleep over if there’s anything special you can bring or help out with for slumber party food or snacks! They may be grateful that you help out with the sleepover essentials for host and list of sleepover things to bring. Just ask, “What should i bring to a party?” You can even make a sleepover gift basket!

Just ask the host if there are things to buy for sleepover / what to get for a sleepover that you can help with beyond the sleepover necessities and sleepover packing checklist.

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ALSO CHECK OUT: What To Do At A Slumber Party With Friends and Fun Things To Do With Your Bestie At A Sleepover

What can we add to what to pack at a sleepover for kids?

We hope this helped you better understand what to bring to sleepovers!

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25 thoughts on “What To Bring To Sleepovers For Kids”

  1. Great ideas! As a parent, I know it can be overwhelming to pack the right things for a sleepover. Thanks for the practical tips and suggestions. I’ll definitely be referring back to this post next time my kids have a sleepover.

  2. Love this post! As a parent, I’ve found that bringing a small army of pillows and blankets for my child can make all the difference in making them feel comfortable and cozy at sleepovers. It’s also nice to have some special toys or stuffed animals from home to bring along for added comfort. Thanks for the tips!

  3. This is a great list of items to bring to sleepovers for kids! It’s helpful to have everything in one place so that you don’t forget anything important.

  4. Tysm! This is a big help bc I’m the forgetful one in my family’s so this article really will help me on my sleepover tomorrow, again, thank you!

  5. Thank you so much I haven’t been to a sleepover in awhile and I always wanna make sure I bring everything I need!

  6. Thank you so much for this list, I’m having a sleepover with some of my closest friends who I haven’t seen in a while, and I was really panicking! This might be a no-brainer, but adding a small amount of cash [like a $10 or a $5] to you child’s [or your own!] bag might help, as if the adults plan to take the kids anywhere, the kids might wanna get something! Thank you again :))

  7. This is a useful list but it is very bland. I love sleepovers and have them pretty often but I want to spice it up! Maybe something more specific like a game? But also put a specific game? Thanks!

    • Hi Beatrix, Thanks for the input! Did you check out the Easy White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe (Colored for Any Theme) or the Dill Pickle Party Mix recipes? Those are always big hits that we get emails about. I also love the idea of including some food games. I’ll work on that in the post update. Thanks!


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