Don’t Forget These Must-Have Items For School Lunches

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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.

Lunch Boxes

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.

Bento Boxes

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.

Ice Packs

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.


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.

Water Bottles

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.

Reusable Bags

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.

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.


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