Are you looking for the best things to buy at Trader Joe’s right now? Today, I am sharing our Trader Joe’s Shopping List for Summer with our top 40+ finds! These are the perfect foods to take to the beach, pool or your next road trip. Be sure to download the printable Trader Joe’s summer shopping list for your next trip to the store!

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Trader Joe’s Shopping List for Summer

For the second year in a row, I headed to Trader Joe’s the last week of the school year to stock up on summer snacks and lunches! Trader Joe’s has the best seasonal food finds of any grocery store I go to. I love the variety and the unique items.

My kids absolutely love when I make a visit to Trader Joe’s. Some of their favorite snacks are from Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe's Summer Favorites

I have updated my Trader Joe’s Summer Shopping List, so if you got my list last year, you will want to download the new one as well!

One other reason I went to Trader Joe’s this week is to see if I could find some inexpensive teacher and bus driver gift ideas. I started with these beautiful peonies flowers. Oh my goodness, these flowers are perfection. I grabbed a bouquet of these for myself as well.

Trader Joes summer 2021

Trader Joe’s also has mini succulent plants and a lot of herbs. You could package this into a fun gift idea!


Trader Joe’s Summer Finds

There are so many great things at Trader Joe’s that you can take to your beach, pool or picnic outing! I love stopping at Trader Joe’s before a road trip because of the great portable snack options.

Summer Snack Favorites

Is it just my kids or do yours want to snack all day at the pool or beach? I can never bring enough food! To combat their requests for snacks at the concessions stands, I try to bring fun and healthy snack options. I also am the mom that packs a ton of food for a road trip. We do not like stopping for too long while we are driving and the food options at the rest stops are always limited.

Here are some of Trader Joe’s snack favorites for the pool, beach or road trip:

All of their portable snacks like these hummus and pretzel snack packs!

Summer Snacks at Trader Joe's

The cut up fruit is reasonable priced and so easy to throw in a cooler for a summer outing.

Trader Joe's Summer Shopping List

We like the individual selection of granola and protein bars because everyone can pick out a favorite or two.

Trader Joes road trip snack ideas

Everyone loves these mini cracker sandwiches that come in two varieties-cheese and peanut butter.

Trader Joe's Summer Snack Ideas for the Pool and Beach

The Animal Crackers and Alphabet Crackers are a big hit. These are great to throw in a picnic basket or pool bag.

Trader Joe's summer snacks

Trader Joe’s has a big selection of dried fruit and nuts and seeds. We love these Just Mango Slices.

Healthy snacks at Trader Joe's

The kids love these Organic Yogurt Squeezes. We keep them in the freezer for a really refreshing snack option.

Trader Joe's Snacks for kids

This looks Grand Slam Snack like a festive treat for summer!

Trader Joe's Summer Shopping List 2020

Picnic and BBQ Favorites

If you are looking for easy portable meal options at Trader Joe’s, there are so many to choose from! From healthy salads to delicious dips, Trader Joe’s has it all! Seriously the Dip selection is so huge, you could try out a few dips every week all summer long!

Trader Joe's Summer Favorites

Some of the best Trader Joe’s Dips include the Everything but the Bagel Greek Style Yogurt Dip and the Avocado Tzatziki Dip.

Trader Joe's Summer Shopping List

We use the Avocado Tzatziki Dip for our tacos, chips and veggies.


Trader Joe's Summer Finds

Trader Joe’s has a ton of ready made salads too! These salads are great for a picnic or to pack in the cooler for a road trip.

Trader Joe's Salads

The prices on Trader Joe’s premade salads are very reasonably priced, so you can stock up a few different ones.


Summer Salads at Trader Joes

If you want to make your old salads, you will want to try the Trader Joe’s refrigerated salad dressings! All of them are so good but my favorite is the Almond Butter and Turmeric Salad Dressing!

Trader Joe's Salad Dressing

You could also bring a few pre-made salads to share like this Mango Jicama Slaw.

Healthy Lunch Ideas from Trader Joes

Or, if you are looking to make a salad with Trader Joe’s ingredients, check out this delicious Greek Salad from Lake Life State of Mind.

Another Trader Joe’s lunch option is hot dogs or sausages. There are so many different meat options to choose from (even vegan too).

Trader Joe's summer 2021 list

I like all of the chicken sausage varieties.

Cheese and Crackers

For a fun picnic idea, bring some cheese and crackers. The cheese selection at Trader Joe’s is HUGE!

Trader Joe's Cheese Favorites

How cute and fun are these mini Brie packets?

Trader Joe's Picnic Food Ideas

This Blueberry Cheese is delicious! Perfect for a Red, White and Blue Summer Charcuterie Board!

Trader Joe's Summer favorites

Pair the cheeses with some Trader Joe’s Crackers. These Gluten Free Beet Crackers are so good!

Trader Joe's Summer Shopping List

Trader Joe’s really brought the Everything Bagel Seasoning to the forefront of snacking! These crackers are really good!

trader joes snack favorites

There are so many delicious chips and snacks at Trader Joe’s. Usually I let my kids each pick out one snack, otherwise we would end up with a cart full of treats.

How do you think you would like this pickle flavored popcorn? I am so intrigued, so I brought a bag home with me. I am waiting to try with the kids!

Trader Joes summer shopping list 2021

I’ve got a few other new chip ideas on the Printable Summer shopping list!



Refreshing Drink Ideas

Is it time to cool off with a refreshing summer drink? Trader Joe’s has a lot of unique summer beverage options. Trader Joe’s has some of the usual canned drink options including Spindrift. But, if you are looking for something a little more unique, try one of these unique flavor combinations.

Summer Drinks at Trader Joes

Trader Joes drink options

We brought home this Watermelon Cucumber and it is really good poured over ice.

Trader Joe's Summer Shopping List Printable

While this Cold Brew Coffee is available at Trader Joe’s most of the time, it is an especially good drink for the summer time! This cold brew is a great afternoon pick me up.


Desserts and Treats

What is summer without a ton of ice cream and S’mores! Trader Joe’s has summer treats that are the most perfectly sized portions! Here are a few of our favorite Trader Joe’s summer desserts:

These Yummy Cold Brew Dessert Bars are the perfect afternoon pick me up!

Trader Joe's Desserts

For the perfectly portion dessert, try one of the Mini Hold the Cone treats.

Trader Joe's Dessert

Another good choice are these Ice Cream Sandwiches with mini chocolate chips. Yummy!

Trader Joe's Dessert Favorites

Of course summer must include homemade S’Mores. Trader Joe’s has our favorite graham crackers and a lot of gourmet chocolate to choose from.

This year, there was a big watermelon theme at Trader Joe’s.

Summer 2021 Trader Joes

I have never head Watermelon fruit spread or watermelon and chocolate! But these watermelon finds looked really good!

Trader Joes summer 2021

Summer Extras

One thing about Trader Joe’s is that you always leave with a few things you didn’t plan on. On our most recent shopping trip, I picked up a few unique summer finds!

This Watermelon face mist smells and feels amazing! My cashier recommended keeping the Watermelon spray in the fridge for a cool face mist! I am glad I purchased two bottles–one for at home and one bottle to keep in the pool bag!

Trader Joes Summer Beauty Finds

New this year is this Overnight Watermelon Face Mask. This mask feels amazing. I think I am going to keep it in my daughter’s beauty fridge so that is is extra cool and refreshing!

Trader Joe's Summer 2021

Another new find is this Peony Blossom Foaming hand soap. I usually make my own hand soap, so this was a little treat. But the soap smells AMAZING! I should have bought more to give as small gifts (with a gift card).

This hair mask looks so good for the summer. Our hair gets so dried out from the heat and pool. This might be a year round product offering, but it is definitely most helpful in the summer time.

My daughter was with me on the shopping trip and she spotted these beeswax food bags. We have been wanting to try beeswax wraps as a eco friendly alternative to plastic sandwich bags. The price was right on these ($9.99) as they can be more expensive elsewhere. These bags will come in handy for summer outings!

Trader Joes Waxed Food Bags

Also, I usually pick up the Trader Joe’s suntan lotions. There are several different options including a face stick and a sunscreen spray that my kids prefer.

Trader Joe’s Summer Shopping List

Trader Joe’s is a great place to shop for your summer food favorites! What are your favorite summer finds at Trader Joe’s? Download this Trader Joe’s Summer Shopping List and bring along on your next grocery trip!

Get the Trader Joe’s Summer Shopping List.



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  1. Tiffany on June 10, 2020 at 7:03 am

    So many fun item on your list, Jaclyn!! I bought the watermelon cucumber juice for my Thirsty Thursday tomorrow. Happy to hear you all love it! The mango slices are one of my favorite snacks, btw. Oh, and I’m definitely looking for those cold brew ice pops next time.

    • Jaclyn on June 10, 2020 at 7:49 am

      Oh I can’t wait to see what kind of drink you come up with tomorrow!

  2. Dara on June 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    I love Trader Joe’s I didn’t love the Everything crackers because they have what tastes like rye on them and I don’t like rye. I’m glad that’s not in the actual seasoning! We have loved snacking on the nut mixes and the Sprangle Jangle I think it’s called – a mix of all chocolately things!

  3. Andrea Nine on June 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Darn it, I made the hour and 10 minute trek to Trader Joe’s for the first time this year yesterday I would’ve loved to of had this list! I forgot the ice cream sandwiches and that was one thing I really wanted! This is a great summer list!

    • Jaclyn on June 10, 2020 at 8:23 am

      I forgot about all the ice cream treats until I saw them there. So good! Have a great trip!!!

  4. Brittany Worrell Boyce on June 10, 2020 at 9:16 am

    As much as I️ shop at Trader Joe’s, I️ actually haven’t browsed their premade salad options! This would be a great thing for road trips to avoid fast food restaurants!

  5. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on June 10, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Yes TJ’s has the best snacks ever- thanks for the reminders- that avocado tzatziki looks amazing! This is making me want to make a list and go already! 🙂

  6. Holley on June 10, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    What a fun list! I can’t wait till I hit up TJ’s again!

  7. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on June 9, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Yes! Love this list. The peonies are to die for and all of the snacks and dips get me every time- love love that everything dip- oh my! 🙂

  8. Lauren Becker on June 11, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve never been to Trader Joe’s but it’s on my list for the summer. I’m finally getting one a lot closer to me though, so I imagine I’ll be there more often once that opens. Love all the watermelon options and those ice cream sandwiches look yum!


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