1. Choose a lunch box that is large enough to hold a substantial lunch. I love our new Thirty-One Large Thermal Totes. The small ones may have been large enough, but more room is always nice.
2. Use a drink bottle that does not leak. You can send your kids with water, milk, lemonade, juice, etc. without having to purchase individual boxes/bottles every week.
- For younger kids, I recommend the Nalgene Grip 'n Gulp. It holds 12 oz liquid and is now available at Target. We had one for almost 3 years and only purchased a new one because we misplaced it.
- Older kids may prefer this version, the Nalgene Mini Grip.
- For adults, I recommend the Camelbak Better 0.75L Bottle. I have been using this water bottle for years, but I will admit, after a year or so I do have to replace it because it starts to leak. But since I use it everyday, it's worth the investment. Target also carries these now.
(Be sure to label the bottle with an InchBug Orbit Label or make your own sticker label using a label maker like these.)
3. Purchase containers or a lunch box system that allows you to pack without using multiple plastic bags and dozens of small containers. I like the Easy Lunch Box system. There are 3 compartments. I will use the large one for protein (sandwich, roll-ups or just meat and cheese), another one for fruit and/or veggies and the smaller one for a salty treat or dessert. When the kids and hubby get home, I will simply load it in the dishwasher for the next packed lunch. (This lunch box system was highly recommended by my friend, mom of four and author of the blog, simpliful.com. Please visit her blog if you like this tip!)
Click below to see a EasyLunchBoxes webisode featuring "Greg" from the Brady Bunch:
What tips do you have regarding lunch box packing?