With 11 years of packing school lunches under my belt, it’s fair to say I hold some sort of extensive knowledge on what does (and doesn’t) work where on-the-go lunch storage is concerned. Click on through to reveal some of our Babyology favourites!
One of my personal favourites is the brightly coloured and BPA free range from Goodbyn. The Goodbyn Hero Lunch Box is separated into three compartments all under the one lid (yes! no hunting the playground for container lids) and includes two leak proof dipper pots to fit within, perfect for yoghurt, dip or to house loose sultanas – whatever needs to be contained! Buy the Goodbyn Hero Lunch Box, priced $24.95, from Where Did You Get That?
An Apple and Mint lunch bag is just as much a feast for the eyes as well as holding a feast for lunch! Easy on the eye and easy to clean, the awesome linen outer is coated to make cleaning and wiping over an absolute cinch. We love that the cooling panel delivers up to eight hours of cooling and is housed in a separate zipped compartment keeping it from making any contact with your food. There’s a plethora of designs available from limited edition watermelons, to flamingos and spots and all in between, they’re priced $32.95 and can be found at Apple and Mint.
For taking pureed fruit, smoothies or yoghurt you can’t go past reusable pouches and we love the super fun designs of Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches. Available in two sizes, a pair of large animal styled pouches will set you back only $9.95 and you can pop them in the dishwasher and fill them over and over! For older children not partial to a menagerie in their lunch box, there are also geometric prints. Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches can be bought directly from Aussie Bubs.
The Bixbee Lunch Box is a spacious lunch storage option with easy wipe-to-clean interior and easy-to-open zips, thanks to generous pulls. It’s sure to stand out in the lunch crowd with prints such as the sensational butterfly or shark camouflage pictured above. Bixbee Lunch Boxes have external front and back pockets for handy quick access to snacks, toys or lunch money. You can find Bixbee Lunch Boxes, priced $29.95 at Silly Milly Moo.
Who doesn’t love a bit of retro groove with their lunch? The Insulated Lunch Box range at My Green Lunch Box has it aplenty, for adults or kids who need to tote their food. Lunch boxes are insulated to keep their contents cool and fresh and are nice and deep to fit the biggest of apples. I adore the coated linen look with cool graphics emblazoned on top and coordinating zips – it’s just enough tizz for older kids to have some fun, but remain cool in the lunchtime crowd. There are seven designs and they’re priced $34.95 each directly from My Green Lunch Box.
Reusable lunch wares have come such a long way in a short time and we love the innovative Sili Squeeze. It’s a clever blend of a squeeze bottle and a pouch, perfect for holding frozen smoothies to defrost in the lunchbox for a quick morning tea snack – just shake and squeeze! Available in four colours and three sizes, the 118ml size is priced $22.95 and can be purchased at Sili Australia.
Bento boxes are very popular in the playground and while they’re indeed cute, keeping track of containers, lids and bento bands can be a task in itself. Yumbox Original is perfect for incorporating the bento style all under one lid, with just one easy to use leak proof seal. A removable tray has five half cup capacity wells for healthy portions of protein, vegetables, fruit, dairy and grains. Clean up is super easy too, it can all go straight into the dishwasher! Yumbox Original lunch boxes are available in four colours and priced $34.95 from Yumbox.
For the ultimate in cooling, Fridge-to-Go offer an amazing eight hours of surround cooling keeping kids lunches using a removable chilling panel, perfect for freezing overnight. A fabulous choice for older children, the Fridge-to-Go Medium Lunch Cooler Bag is available in plain colours of black, pink, red, navy, light blue and for those looking for something a little more fun, there’s a limited edition purple and green camouflage print on offer. You can find the Fridge-to-Go Medium Lunch Cooler Bag at Fridge-to-Go, priced $35.95.
If your school has a no wrap policy, you’re going to love the Sinchies Big Kids Lunchbox Pack. Talk about serious bang for your buck and saving the environment by reusing, the pack includes five 140ml pouches, five 200ml pouches, a one litre pouch, five sandwich pouches and five snack bags – all for just $29.99. Note the pack doesn’t come with the insulated lunch bag as pictured, but gives an idea of how you can go completely wrap free! Big Kids Lunchbox Pack is available direct from Sinchies.
Insulated lunch boxes are a must if your children doesn’t have the option of keeping their lunch cold in a fridge, and the Gooie XL Lunch Box is perfect for the job. Sized a generous 24x24cm, it’s roomy enough for all of your lunch needs with a secure outside snack pocket for extras, plus it comes with a detachable adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying when school bags are loaded to the hilt! The XL Lunch Box is priced $34.99 and available direct from Gooie.
Stay tuned for our next Back To School Guide tomorrow.