Don’t Forget These Must-Have Items For School Lunches
It’s back to school time, and a lot of parents choose to send lunches with their kids. They obviously need to take food (click HERE for some easy lunch ideas) to put in their lunches, but other items are essential too. Also check out Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Back to School Snack Ideas & Recipes and Kids’ Favorite Healthy Snacks For School.
Choosing a good lunch box that insulates your child’s food well, is essential. Here are some of our favorites. All of these have several colors and designs to choose from.
- FlowFly Kids Lunch box Insulated Soft Bag Mini Cooler
- Hap Tim Kids Lunch Box, Reusable Lunch Bag
- OPUX Insulated Leakproof Lunch Box
Bento boxes are another good option for taking lunch. They have several smaller, leakproof compartments for you to put in different kinds of foods. They can help promote a more balanced diet.
- Bentgo Kids Prints Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment
- Bento Box,MISS BIG Lunch Box Kids
- Caperci Versatile Bento Lunch Box with Removable Compartment
One of the most important things you will need for your kids’ lunchboxes is an ice pack. Food needs to stay at a maximum temperature of 41 degrees to be safe to eat. Make sure to add an ice pack to lunchboxes before your kids go our the door.
- Fit & Fresh Cool Slim Reusable Ice Packs
- Ice Packs, Reusable, Refreezable Slim Pouches
- Blue ELE Reusable and Long Lasting, Slim and Lightweight Design
Bottles for Hot Food
If your kids prefer a hot lunch, insulated bottles can be the way to go. Simply add hot food, and it will still be warm when they open it for lunch.
- THERMOS FUNTAINER Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Kids Food Jar with Spoon
- IRON FLASK Food Jar, 16 Oz with Foldable Spoon
- MIRA Lunch Food Jar 2 Pack – Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Lunch Thermos , 13.5 Oz
It’s super important that kids drink enough water, but the water fountains can be yucky and germy. Send a good water bottle with your kids filled with ice water that they can drink all day.
ThermoFlask Stainless Steel KIDS Bottles with Straw Lid, 2 Count
16 Oz Kids Water Bottle with Straw and Built in Carrying Loop
Kids Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw Lid, 10 Oz
You will need bags for sandwiches, vegetables, and other lunch and snack items. Reusable bags are a great option because, not only do they save you money, they also help save the environment.
- 10 Pack Reusable Storage Bags, Assorted Sizes
- Reusable, Dishwasher Safe Snack Bags, 9 Pack
- Gorilla Grip Reusable, Leakproof Secure Zip Freezer Safe, 6 ct
Lunch Box Notes
Ok, so this isn’t something you have to have, but can be a fun tradition and a sort of pick-me-up for kids in the middle of the day. Take a look at some of these lunch box notes.
- Lunchbox Notes for Kids Wacky Facts & Laughs
- 80 Super Kid Lunch Box Notes for Kids – Positive Affirmation Cards
- 150 Inspirational Motivational Funny School Lunch Notes
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