Another day, another lunch to pack. Groan. Is anyone else not enthusiastic about this? But first, let’s talk lunch boxes and accessories!
I think we’ve tried every container and system, so I’ll give you a sampling of what we like and why.
The Best Lunch Boxes and Accessories for Kids
The Outside: Lunch Boxes
We like these three lunch boxes because they’re cleanable (wipe down easily) and insulated (keep food cool.)
The Inside: Lunchbox Containers
TIP: Consider your child’s age and appetite. We’ve had to dump many lunch boxes and containers because as my kids grew, they needed more room for the amount of food.
Bento Style Lunchbox
I spent a LOT of money on this (gulp) because my daughter really, really wanted it. Several of her friends had one. The only problem is that she eats more than she can fit into this container. I recommend it for younger kids with smaller portions.
TIP: Make sure you buy plastic that is safe for food.
Stainless Steel Food Containers
We like the rubber lids. They’re easy to get on and off and don’t leak. These are great for dry food!
I also recommended:
Bentego Lunchboxes These work well for young children but are too small for my hearty eaters.
LunchBots These are only good for dry foods — and if you’re like me and leave them in the sink too long, watch out for rust. Not our favorite.
Reusable Snack Bags
These are our go-to reusable bags so we don’t keep using plastic bags that get trashed.
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle
Klean Kanteen water bottles are great except in hot weather — they do get hot!
Camelbak Water Bottle *Favorite
I think Camelbak’s last forever and don’t leak — until the valve needs replacing, which you can order. (Or your kid loses their water bottle!)
What do you still need to get for your back-to-school lunch boxes?