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Packing a Summer Camp Lunch…or How to Avoid a Hot Mess

Swimming, kickball, and arts and crafts are delightful images of summer camp. Soggy sandwiches, mushy fruit and tepid drinks: not so much.

With camp season right around the corner, now is a good time to start thinking about summer camp lunch ideas. Sadly, the challenges of packing a summer camp lunch are many. There is the usual concern with providing a healthy meal that won’t end up in the trash. Steering clear of any allergens, your child’s or those of fellow campers, is a must. And any items you pack need to withstand scorching summer temperatures, since many day camps don’t have access to refrigeration.

It may seem a bit daunting, but it is definitely possible to pack a delicious, healthy midday meal for your camper that holds up in the summer heat. Here are some tips

  • Don’t forget an insulated bag and an ice pack…or two. Placing your lunch container in the fridge beforehand is another way to keep things cool.
  • Pasta salad with veggies, cut-up veggies with hummus and veggie sushi rolls are all great healthy options that hold up well in the summer heat.
  • Try high protein items to keep kids energized throughout their active camp day. Some great options include yogurt (especially Greek yogurt), rolled up deli meat, hard-boiled eggs, tortilla chips and bean dip, and sliced cheese and crackers.
  • Find out any rules your child’s camp may have regarding acceptable foods. If peanut butter is not permitted, PB & J sandwiches get booted from the lunch rotation!

Another option is Lunch in Hand, a lunch delivery service that partners with area camps to provide healthy, delicious hot lunches. We’ve taken all of the guesswork out of camp lunch planning!  Our meals are freshly prepared daily in our professional kitchen, and delivered and served at just the right temperature, no matter what the thermometer says.

Visit our Sample Camp Menu page at to see some of our delicious options.

Camp Directors and Food Service Managers: LIH hot lunch program is coordinated with local camps in Westchester and Rockland Counties, NY as well as Fairfield County, CT. Find out how easy it is to bring LIH Camp Hot Lunch program into your camp today. Call 914-380-5084 or email