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9 Top Five Lunch Containers to send your kids lunch Back to School in!

Top 5 Lunch Containers for Back-to-School

Top Five Lunch Containers to send your kids lunch Back to School in!

Top Five Lunch Containers to send your kids lunch Back to School in!

Shopping for lunchboxes can be an overwhelming task since there are hundreds of different containers to choose from. Today, I’m showing you the top 5 lunch containers our lunch plan members love.

#1 EasyLunchboxes

Easy LunchboxesThe most affordable way to have a compartmentalized container when you have multiple meals to pack.
Browse all styles and shop for EasyLunchboxes here.

Pros

  • They come four to a pack and various colors; they are dishwasher safe, and a set should last you through the school year without any issues.
  • They are a great option for young kids without assistance, and they are perfect for packing multiple lunches ahead of time and stock your fridge.
  • Made from FDA-approved, high-quality polypropylene #5 plastic; No BPA, PVC, or phthalates.
  • Great for portion control or special diet; keeps food separated; safe for microwave, freezer, dishwasher.
  • These food storage containers nest together to save space for storage. 
  • Fewer pieces, more function; pack eye-appealing meals or snacks with ease; freezable, microwaveable, portable, stackable.

Cons

  • They are not leakproof for things like applesauce or yogurt.

#2 Yumbox Lunchbox

yumbox leakproof bento box container

This is the leak-proof solution to the single tray, single lid dilemma.
Browse all styles and shop for Yumbox Lunchboxes here.

Pros

  • Leak-proof
  • They come in various sizes and compartments letting you pick whichever fits your lunch packing lifestyle best.
  • Multiple colors and various trays make give this lunch box ultimate kid-appeal.
    • All food-safe materials, BPA-free and phthalates-free. Sturdy ABS (outer box), Tritan(tray) and Silicone (seal).
    • Dishwasher safe. Top rack only.

Cons

  • The price per unit. If you have multiple kids to pack for and want to pack ahead of time it’s an investment.
  • Outer shell must be hand washed to maintain the seal.

#3 Lunchbots Containers

lunchbot containerA compartmentalized stainless steel solution that is both durable and stylish.
Browse all styles and shop for Lunchbots here.

Pros

  • Made from food-safe stainless steel with no linings or toxins.
  • Easy to clean
  • Virtually unbreakable.
  • Multiple compartment options for different lunch packing needs

Con

  • Not leakproof between compartments.
  • Price per unit. If you have multiple kids to pack for and want to pack ahead of time, it’s an investment.

#4 Rubbermaid Lunch Blox

rubbermaid lunchblox

Packing lunches is now as fun as building Legos.
Browse all styles and shop for Lunch Blox here.

Pros

  • Various shapes and sizes provide make this a great lunch solution for different foods.
  • Blue freezer pack fits between the modular containers keeping foods chilled while on-the-go.
  • Durable plastic.
  • Leakproof.
  • Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA-free.
  • Fit in all lunch bags, regardless of size (smaller blocks only).

Con

  • These will quickly take up the entire top rack of the dishwasher.
  • Small compartments can be difficult for younger kids to open without assistance.
  • Takes up a lot of storage room.

#5 Kids Konserve Nesting Trio

Kids Konserve NestingPortable, easy to carry, durable, and great for food storage.
Browse all Kids Konserve containers here.

Pros

  • Bottoms are made from food-safe stainless steel with no linings or toxins.
  • Lids are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead.
  • Easy to clean
  • Virtually unbreakable.
  • Leak-proof.
  • Affordable 3-pack to start packing.
  • Fit in all lunch bags, regardless of size. Great for packing snacks too!

Con

  • You’ll need a few sets to pack ahead of time or for multiple kids.
  • Can’t pack a standard sandwich easily, must be cut in half and inside the largest container.
  • Can be a little hard to open for the youngest kids.

While there are many other lunch containers in the marketplace, these are the ones we typically use in our meal plans and recipes and for my kids. I hope this gives you a little guidance and helps you get packing healthy and fresh school lunches. You can check out the containers and supplies we recommend to get started.

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Back to School Lunch Essentials List

Right when we have the summer routine down we find ourselves purchasing  back to school supplies.Back to school lunch essentials list via MOMables.com #backtoschool

Chances are you’ve already been sent their school supply list, but for us faithful lunch packers, we’re also dusting off our back to school lunch supply list, assessing what we have, and what we could use to add to our arsenal. If you pack MOMables lunches, you will find the following supplies essential!

School Lunch Ideas: Let’s face it. Packing school lunches every day can be a daunting task. You could subscribe to our school lunch plan and get 5 fresh lunches, a shopping list and a prep-ahead sheet every week! If you want to preview a free week, click here.

Food Storage Containers: Possibly one of the first questions is what to pack your child’s lunch in. Without a doubt, the Easy Lunchboxes have quickly become my favorite lunch packing container. Easy Lunchboxes have 1 large compartment and 2 small compartments- perfect for holding a main dish and sides. They have easy-open lids that also come in a variety of bright colors, making them super kid-friendly. They contain no BPA, lead, vinyl or PVC. Plus, they are freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe. They are affordable, durable and eco-friendly. Easy Lunchboxes also makes a mini dipper container. This type of container is nice to have for times when you need to pack a dip, sauce or dressing. My favorite stainless steel lunch containers are Lunchbots. These containers come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors.

Insulated Containers: You will thank yourself if you invest in an insulated thermos. These are great for packing food that you want to be eaten warm or that you want to be extra cold- they can do both! I also love our insulated drink thermos. At my son’s school, children are allowed to have a water bottle with them throughout the day. So I pack an insulated drink thermos in addition to a drink for lunch. I pack it in the morning, before school, and the ice is always still frozen by the end of the day. These also work great for packing a smoothie for lunch.

Reusable Snack Bags: Reusable sandwich and snack baggies help you cut down on plastic baggie use. Because most come in fun patterns, they’re a stylish way to create a litterless lunch. Most are dishwasher safe and toxin free.

Drink Bottles: It’s a good idea to invest in a small water bottle. I use a smaller water bottle because my son doesn’t drink an entire bottle of water at lunch. A smaller water bottle meets his thirst needs and it cuts down on space taken up in the lunch bag.

Reusable Utensils: Cut down on waste and purchase reusable utensils.

Sandwich & Vegetable Cutters: Ok, ok, this doesn’t exactly qualify as an “essential” but it is a simple way to add some fun to your child’s lunch. It’s a simple way to transform a sandwich, vegetables or fruit into something else.

lunchbox essentials

Silicone Muffin Cups & Silicone Yogurt Tubes: I like to use silicone muffin cups to divide up larger container compartments. You can find these in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. I also love the silicone yogurt tubes. To cut down on cost, instead of buying per-packaged yogurt tubes, I will sometimes buy a large container of yogurt and then add individual portions to my silicone yogurt tube. This is much more cost effective than buying a box of yogurt tubes. You can also send frozen smoothie pops in these. Just pull them out of the freezer right before packing and they will be thawed by lunch.

Antibacterial Hand Wipes: Back to school means, back to being exposed to all of the yucky germs it houses. I always send my son with an antibacterial wipe and ask him to try and remember to wipe his hands before and after eating his lunch. It’s 50/50 whether or not he remembers to do this, but it’s a simple way to try to prevent the spreading of germs.

Ice Packs: This probably seems like an obvious one, but hey, us moms have a lot of things to remember! Make sure to have ice packs frozen and ready to be packed in your child’s lunchbox to keep everything cold until lunchtime.

Lunch Bag: So, what is the best thing to pack all of these wonderful items in? A lunch bag that will work for you! My daughter loves her Bixbee sparkle lunch bag and my son typically carries a his Easylunchboxes bag. He doesn’t like his food to get shaky and that bag carries everything flat (or upright). Both are affordable, and that’s important!

LabelsWhen the school tells you to “label everything” they mean everything. This year I’ve purchased some iron on labels from Label-Land and some dry erase ones from KiddoTags.

If this seems like an overwhelming list, don’t fret! Start slowly by purchasing the things you find to be absolutely essential and just slowly add to your arsenal. I slowly accumulated new lunch packing accessories throughout the entire year, and am still on the prowl for products that simplify lunch packing and help me cut down on waste. The great thing about it is that after the initial investment you can enjoy these products for years and years to come.

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