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Playing outside in the hot sun all day takes a lot of energy. Most children need more food and hydration than normal. Pack plenty of healthy snacks and drinks, in addition to lunch, to keep them going strong.

Here are some suggestions for items to pack in your campers lunchbox to keep them satisfied all day.

1  Protein rich snacks Peanut butter on whole grain crackers, slices of lunch meat, turkey jerky, hardboiled eggs and string cheese are also good options. Check out the recipe for Peanut Butter Trail Bars for an easy idea:

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Trail Bars

Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 12-18 bars | Source: Smucker’s


• 3/4 cup Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, stirred

• 1/4 cup honey

• 6 tablespoons water

• 1 cup chocolate whey protein

powdered drink mix

• 2 cups granola cereal with raisins

• 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


1. Line 8-by-8-inch pan with foil, extending foil up sides of pan.

2. Place peanut butter and honey in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until mixture is smooth.

3. Whisk water and powdered drink mix until blended. Add to peanut butter mixture. Stir until smooth. Stir in granola and chocolate chips until evenly moistened. 

4. To press in pan, coat piece of wax paper with no-stick cooking spray. Place coated side down on bar mixture. Flatten with hands. Remove paper carefully.

5. Chill 1 hour, cut into bars. 

2  Frozen grapes They help keep the lunch cool and are defrosted when it’s time to eat. 

3  Extra ice packs Most camps don’t have refrigerators available and the lunches are sometimes outside for a long time before it is time to eat. No one wants to eat a warm lunch in the heat of summer. Invest in a good quality insulated lunchbox and ice packs.

4  Sunscreen Putting it in the lunchbox helps remind kids to reapply it. It also keeps it cool, which feels refreshing on hot, sweaty skin.

5  Love notes or mementos from home Little notes or trinkets help them get through the day without too much homesickness.

6 A refillable water bottle and flavorpackets Fill the bottle with ice and water. Throw in some single serving pack drink mixes (lemonade, fruit punch, etc.) This will encourage your child to stay hydrated throughout the day.

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