Find easy camp lunch ideas to make heading out for the day quick and simple. These easy kids lunches require minimal prep time, involve little (to no) cooking, and are easy to store safely in a lunch bag.

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Camp Lunch Ideas

I know many of us are in need of lunch ideas for camp that will hold up well, are easy for the kids to eat, and don’t require a ton of work to pull together. This post is here to help! These ideas check those boxes to fit your reality and are also versatile enough that you can make them—or variations of them—according to what you have on hand and what your kids prefer.

(These are my favorite lunchboxes for kids.)

Summer Camp Lunch Ideas

Packing lunch for camp is a little different than sending it to school since the environment may be less predictable—and there may not be a fridge or air conditioning where the lunch is stored in the morning.

Which means you might want to use more shelf-stable ideas, more ice packs, and generally keep things a little simpler, if only to ensure that the food you pack can be eaten by the kids at day camp.

These ideas are meant for little kids who may be in summer care on up through elementary-aged kids. Adjust any of them by cutting the food smaller to ensure it’s easy to eat as needed for your unique child.

uncrustables in pink lunchbox

Uncrustables Lunch

Pack a simple, yet fun, lunch including Uncrustables, drinkable yogurt, Amara Smoothie Melts, strawberries, and cucumbers.

Easiest Homemade Uncrustables
You can make one sandwich at a time, or make a batch of a few to stash in the freezer. Adjust this as needed for your preference.
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pesto pasta camp lunch in container

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is an easy make-ahead lunch that can be eaten cold or at room temperature. Add white beans, tomatoes, cheese, chicken, and/or any other mix-in your kids like.

Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe
This is an easy family dinner or lunch. I like to use Spinach Pesto for this, but any will work if you prefer to buy it pre-made from the store.
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cheese and crackers camp lunch

Cheese and Crackers Lunch

Reach for whole grain crackers (or the ones your kids like best), cheese, and easy sides such as sliced or freeze-dried fruit. This is an easy snack lunch to pack that’s usually a hit with the kids.

If this isn’t enough food for your kiddo, you could add a hard-cooked egg or two, a few slices of turkey, or another protein that they enjoy.

yogurt and muffin camp lunch

Muffin and Yogurt Lunch

Making a lunch around a muffin—whether homemade or store-bought—is such an easy option. This is a sort of breakfast-for-lunch that’s fun for the kids. I often top yogurt or cottage cheese with a few sprinkles to make the meal a little more fun.

camp lunch with snacks and a smoothie

Cereal and Smoothie Snack Box

Make a smoothie and freeze it in reusable pouches, then add to a lunch box in place of an ice pack and it will be thawed by lunchtime. We like our Green Smoothie for this option, paired with dry cereal, turkey, and some sliced peppers.

Simple Green Smoothie
Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo. 
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hummus wrap in lunchbox

Hummus Wrap

Fill a whole grain tortilla with hummus, thinly sliced veggies, and cheese (optional) for a filling vegetarian lunch that works as well for kids as it does for adults. Add easy sides to round this out.

Easy Hummus Wrap (to Share with the Kids)
Quickly combine a few simple ingredients to make a really yummy lunch wrap. This recipe makes one wrap, so increase the serving size as necessary.
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egg sandwiches in lunchbox

Egg Sandwiches

Layer thinly sliced hard-cooked egg inside bread (cut it out with a cookie cutter to make a fun shape, then save the crusts to make French toast) for a yummy lunch idea.

Tea Sandwiches for Kids
Learn how to make quick tea sandwiches for kids to have at a tea party or a special lunch or snack. There are 6 filling options here, plus tips for cutting bread, which breads to use, and which tea to pair with the finger sandwiches.
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Sandwich Lunch

Simple is often (always?!) best, and an easy sandwich is always a go-to. Fill soft bread with what your kids prefer such as peanut butter and jelly, sunflower seed butter and jam, hummus, cheese, turkey, or anything else! I like to pack a clementine, too, with the peel started so my older kids can finish it on their own—and it will stay fresher.

12 Best Easy Sandwiches for Kids
Below is the recipe for the Avocado Egg Salad, with the other ideas in the Notes section for easy reference. Add fresh fruit, an applesauce pouch, canned fruit cup (in 100% juice), easy veggies for lunch, milk, and/or water to any lunch to round it out.
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Bagel and Cream Cheese

Spread a bagel with cream cheese (or a nut or seed butter or jam) as an easy camp lunch option. Add simple sides to round out this easy meal. You can use a mini bagel if that size works better for your kids.

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Leftover Pancake Lunch

Pack up leftover breakfast foods, like pancakes or waffles, into a fun lunch for kids. Add applesauce, some easy veggies, and some milk to make it filling.

Fluffy Applesauce Pancakes
We like these pancakes topped with a little maple syrup, peanut butter, or additional applesauce. Leftovers make really yummy sandwiches with nut butter or cream cheese in between! 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I pack for camp lunch?

Keep camp lunch straightforward by packing a main, a fruit, a veggie, and a side. Plus a drink! That is an easy formula to follow when packing kids lunches.

How do I keep lunch for camp and camping safe?

An easy way to keep food safe when outdoors (whether camping or at camp) is to use an insulated lunch bag and ice packs. That is usually enough to keep the food cold and safe until lunchtime.

What are the best containers for lunch?

The best containers for lunches are ones that are durable, easy to clean, and easy for the kids to open and close. You can read more about our favorite Lunch Boxes for Kids.

Best Tips for Camp Lunches

  • Pack food in an airtight container with a tight fitting lid to prevent spills and keep food fresh.
  • Pack a lunchbox (or smaller containers) in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack or two.
  • These thin ice packs are great for lunches.
  • Do your best estimating how much food to pack for your child, and ask for feedback from their teacher or counselor if you aren’t sure how much they’re eating at lunch.
  • Invite the kids to help pack their lunch, even if it’s as simple as letting them choose between two options for part of the meal.
  • Pack a drink to help with hydration. (We like these kids water bottles best.)

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10 Easy Camp Lunch Ideas

Find easy camp lunch ideas to make getting ready to head out for the day quick and simple. These easy kids lunches require minimal prep time, little (to no) cooking, and are easy to store safely in a lunch bag. Add a side of fruit, cheese, or a snack to round these out.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course lunch
Calories 331kcal
Servings 1

Ingredients

Uncrustables Lunch

Pesto Pasta Salad

Cheese and Crackers

  • ½ cup whole grain crackers
  • 1 ounce cheese (diced, sliced, or a cheese stick)
  • ½-1 cup fruit

Muffin and Yogurt

  • 1 muffin
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 1 apple (sliced)
  • 1 mini cucumber (sliced)

Cereal and Smoothie Lunch

  • smoothie pouch
  • ½-1 cup cereal
  • 2 sliced deli turkey (or shredded chicken)

Hummus Wrap

  • 1 Hummus Wrap

Egg Sandwich

Bagel and Cream Cheese

  • 1 bagel (mini or full size)
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (or other spread)

Pancake Lunch

Instructions

  • Choose your lunch and prepare.
  • Add to a lunch box with desired easy sides such as sliced apple, diced fruit, diced cheese, crackers, sliced bell peppers, yogurt, or a pouch.
  • Pack in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack.

Notes

  • Pack food in an airtight container with a tight fitting lid to prevent spills and keep food fresh.
  • Pack a lunchbox (or smaller containers) in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack or two.
  • These thin ice packs are great for lunches.
  • Opal apples don’t brown when cut. Look for them in your grocery store. They’re a pale yellow in color.
  • Do your best estimating how much food to pack for your child, and ask for feedback from their teacher or counselor if you aren’t sure how much they’re eating at lunch.
  • Invite the kids to help pack their lunch, even if it’s as simple as letting them choose between two options for part of the meal.
  • Pack a drink to help with hydration. (We like these kids water bottles best.)

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 456mg, Potassium: 163mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 642IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 253mg, Iron: 2mg
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