When I was a kid, my mom sent us off to school with lunch packed in brown bags. Between the weight of the apple and the constant shuffling of stuff against the bag in my backpack, sandwiches never stood a chance. It was a good day when the cookie wasn't crumbled. The earth shifted on the day that my mom decided to pack tortellini for me in a plastic container.
Today's kids are so much luckier. There's no shortage of amazing lunchbox options out there and thankfully, they don't necessarily involve smushed sandwiches or bruised fruit.
Each option has pros. I love that the PlanetBox is stainless steel with perfectly sized compartments and a small area for a treat. We have the carrying bag that has a perfect space for a bus snack and a water bottle. The PlanetBox isn't cheap, but we've been using ours for over 3 years without any issues so I view it as a wise investment. There are also stainless steel containers that fit inside so you can pack liquids or things like yogurt and not worry about leakage. We have the Shuttle and the Rover, and both fit a great amount of food for lunch. My tween prefers the smaller PlanetBox, and my younger kids love the big one.
We have two versions of the Yumbox – one with three compartments and one with five. Both are easy to open, a great size and leakproof so I can pack things like hummus without concern that it'll be all over the apple slices. I wish it were easier to clean the skinny grooves on the underside of the tray, but that could be my dishwasher's fault.
The Klip-It Lunch Cube has a neat design that's easy for kids to open, conveniently fits in a variety of bags and is also well priced. It's perfect for kids who love sandwiches but it isn't leakproof.
The Lunchbots container is great because it's compact and fits into a variety of lunchbags. It's also super easy to clean and fits a surprisingly large amount of food. I wish that it were leakproof and I wish that the top had a sturdy clasp to stay put, but we have had no problem keeping it closed with a rubber band, and my tween is a big fan of this box.
Finally, there's the Kids' Bento Lunch Kit from Fit & Fresh. While it was difficult for my youngest to open the containers, it's been great for my older two. It has built in ice packs and fits a *ton* of food, which is great for those days when one of my kids plans a giant lunch.
Lunch quantity sometimes is a difficult thing... there are days that my kids are super hungry and days that they seem to exist on fumes. It's comforting to know that some of these boxes have room to accommodate an extra large lunch, for those days when the lunches that my kids pick in advance are on the large side.
While there's never a shortage of information out there about what to pack, it's also fun to think about where to pack lunch. For lunch packing ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out our Instagram where we post daily pics.