Looking for some dairy-free and allergy-friendly snacks to pack for summer camp?
Here are some of kiddo’s favorites.
Plus, see our helpful camp packing video in this post!
If you would have told me a few years ago that my son with food allergies would go to one overnight summer camp for a week, I would have thought you were crazy.
Now how about THREE week-long summer camps in two months? No way!
But I’ve been wrong before, and I was wrong on this.
Kiddo, with anaphylactic milk and nut allergy, IS going to 5-night summer camps this summer.
And he’s soooooo excited!
Me? I’m nervous.
But per our food allergy motto…
we prepare for the worst, expect the best, and trust God will bring victory.
Plus, it helps tremendously that we’ve been doing milk allergy treatment for several years. Unbelievably, he has some bite-proof protection now.
Then, for my anxiety, I’ve got my moms inside Milk Allergy Mom Membership.
I know they’ll help keep me calm with all their great encouragement and helpful tips.
Hubby is super supportive, too. Thankful for him.
So as part of our preparation, we had to make sure kiddo had plenty of safe food to eat at camp.
The camp cook went over the week’s menu with me on the phone, and kiddo will be double-checking all the labels when he gets there.
Thankfully, the whole camp is nut and tree nut free. So helpful with my son’s severe nut allergy.
We know the snack shack will be limited on safe treats so we definitely had to pack plenty of dairy-free snacks.
If kiddo gets thrown for a loop on any meal, he also has breakfast, lunch, and dinner alternatives of his own to eat.
Below, see kiddo’s top favorite snacks for camp plus a list of other dairy-free foods we have planned.
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1. BEEF STICKS
In case kiddo can’t eat the lunch or dinner served, here’s some protein for good measure.
2. GRANOLA BARS
For a snack or breakfast alternative, these healthy granola bars should fit the bill.
3. LICORICE BITES
Perfect for keeping in his epi bag (they don’t melt), kiddo loves snacking on this allergy-friendly candy.
4. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
The cook let me know that one dinner will have chocolate chip cookies that contain milk.
So this box of allergy-friendly cookies will be a perfect substitute.
5. COOKIE SANDWICHES
The cook also let me know one night included smore bars that contain milk.
So these cookie sandwiches make for the perfect dairy-free alternative.
After talking to the cook and getting the full meal plan for the week,
here are some other food items we needed to pack.
COLD CAMP FOOD
We sent these foods in a small cooler to go into the camp refrigerator.
The cooler was labeled with my son’s name.
- lunch meat for sandwiches
- dressing for salads
- oat milk for cereal
SHELF STABLE CAMP FOOD
We also put our son’s name on his big zippered food bag that the cook put in the refrigerator for good measure.
Here’s what was packed:
- fig bars
- pumpkin seeds
- granola bars
- beef sticks
For breakfast, the cook will have bacon, fruit, and French toast sticks that are safe. She’ll make eggs, pancakes, breakfast tacos, and breakfast sandwiches special dairy-free for the kids with milk allergy.
For lunch, dairy-free meals will include corndogs, fries, spaghetti, peaches, corn, and green beans. Then she’s making for my kiddo dairy-free mac and cheese, garlic bread, tater tot casserole, and walking tacos using dairy-free cheese and dairy-free butter.
It should be noted, that kiddo didn’t attend summer camps without us until his teens and with the help of oralimmunotherapy.
But we know many food allergy families who make camp work at various ages and whose kids have a great, safe time.
Of course, we always pack all our allergy medications and have them at the ready!
With these summer camps, it’s also our personal rule that mom and dad are only 30 minutes away tops for now. That means we’ve been known to even get a hotel room nearby for camps too far from home.
For the particular camp highlighted in this post, it’s just 20 minutes from home. And I’m stopping in at lunch each day to help kiddo do his milk dose.
I’ll also add that my friend is the camp nurse. So that helps ease the nerves tremendously.
Our son will attend two more camps this summer, and I’m excited to have these foods documented when we have to pack again for those!
Hope this also helps you if you’re considering summer camp with food allergies.
Have a safe, happy summer!