8 Packable Summer Snack Ideas for Day Camp, Care Packages and More


School’s already out in many parts of the country. And that means even though it’s not official until June 20, summer has begun — whether you’re ready or not. We’ve rounded up our favorite energy-boosting and fill-you-up snacks, perfect for day camp, the pool, and care packages to sleepaway camp and even Grandma’s house. Bonus: none of them contain nuts or require refrigeration!

S’mores Granola (pictured above)

Day campers may not get to toast marshmallows by the fire, but you can bring the flavors of the campfire to them at snack time with Food Network Kitchen’s granola. Combine the necessary ingredients of chocolate and marshmallows with graham cereal, oats and honey to make a sweet s’mores-inspired treat.

Pizza Party Mix

Think you know party mix? In this new spin, Katie Lee combines Parmesan cheese and pepperoni with classic fixings to make a can’t-stop-till-the-bowl-is-empty snack mix. It’s perfect for packing into lunches or noshing while watching TV.

Superfood Protein Bars

These energy bars are perfect for a late-afternoon pick-me-up. Use mixed seeds and sunflower seed butter to make a nut-free treat that is packed with nutrition and super-tasty.

Homemade Granola Bars

Make Ina Garten’s 5-star recipe for classic bars filled with oats, honey and dried fruit. If you need a nut-free snack, try substituting sunflower or pumpkin seeds for the sliced almonds.

Homemade Cheddar Crackers

Cheese-flavored crackers may not sound like anything special, but when you make them from scratch with sharp cheddar and a pinch of cayenne, they become something worth writing home about.

Ree’s Seasoned Crackers

Ree Drummond likes to pack up these crackers and send them off in care packages. Thrown together with just a few store-bought ingredients, these zesty snacks are easy to make and even easier to love!

Classic Brownies

Sometimes a comforting sweet treat is all you need. Food Network Kitchen’s classic cocoa and chocolate-laden recipe is one for brownie purists — it’s chewy, chocolatey and just right.

Strawberry Cereal Treats

Tart, crunchy freeze-dried strawberries add a punch of color to whole-grain crispy treats. Try these treats with a glass of milk.