Lunches can be so stressful! Here are are my favorite lunchboxes, containers and accessories that make things easier.
For those who love sandwiches and multi-compartments, Yumbox Tapas works really well. The sandwich part of the container is slightly small, so I like to use a thin-sliced bread like Dave’s Killer Thin Sliced. This size is ideal for 5 to adult. If they are a true sandwich lover, then you should consider the Panino version that has a larger sandwich section. For younger toddlers, I liked using the Yumbox original, which is smaller with more compartments.
For those who like hot lunches, the Omiebox bento is my current go-to. It gives you the compartments, but also a small hot thermos section. To keep food warm, I suggest putting in hot, boiling water inside for 5-10 minutes and cover to warm up the container, then put in the food. The food doesn’t stay hot, however, it does keep warm, which at a young age is fine since they don’t like it hot anyway.
The utensil accessory kit used to come with it, but now I believe you purchase it separately. I like the silicone add-on, however I prefer to use my own metal utensils inside.
For older kids, a larger thermos works best. This Zojirushi thermos is great, and really does keep food warm for 12 hrs once preheated. I like using this one on car rides or for myself.
For afterschool snack, I like the Sistema boxes. This two-compartment box is great to have some fruit on one side and crackers on the other.
For summer, it’s great to keep the foods cold using the this PackIt lunch bag. You freeze the entire bag and don’t need a separate ice pack! They also make a cute snack bag, which I often use to hold a yogurt and snacks.
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