Searching for the Best School Lunch Box

How Do I Choose the Best Lunch Box? I Ask Another Mom!

Little Bee is about to start preschool and I have been searching all over for the best lunch box to send with her each day. Something easy for her to open, but also offers the ability to stay cool all day – I couldn’t decide if that even existed. While writing a recent post about preparing for back to school, I knew that this was a question a lot of the moms I talk to each day were asking too. I wasn’t the only one on this search! I decided to reach out to fellow moms, those who know best and opinions I trust. The results are pretty interesting – there were two favorites! Read more to see what everyone had to say!

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Personalized Lunch Bags with Super Cute Designs

This mom loves these adorable thermal lunch bags that can be stitched with your child’s name and favorite icon. Plus, they are washable!

Lunch Box:
Why I love it:
Finally found the perfect lunch kit for my girls.
Any of the thirty-one thermal lunch bags are amazing.
They fit everything. Have zippers. Keep things cool. Have such fun and bright patterns. Best thing…they wash like a rag!
I’m a wife and mom to 3 girls. 4,7 and 11.

I have been a stay at home mom for 11 years and am beyond grateful to do so.
To keep my social life active and help financially towards little things here and there I am part of a company that is the only one focused on anti-aging hair care. Monat brings naturally based products to the premium hair care world. Michele Hayward

Founder, Monat

Moms who love lunch bags that can go right into the freezer

An insulated lunch box that stays cold all day

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag Wobbly Stripes
PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag Blanket Stripe
My name is Rachelle. I am a Navy wife and mom to three beautiful little blessings. I love helping fellow mamas navigate the craziness of motherhood with tips and tricks on how to juggle both motherhood and the demands of life, find strategies on how to simplify your schedule and household as well as fun activities to do with your kids. Rachelle Gaulke

Founder, Three Littles

Lunch Box:
Why I love it:
I really like having a lunch box for my kids instead of a paper bag (which is what I used as a kid!) but trying to find an ice pack that isn’t too big or doesn’t make the lunch box too heavy is hard! BUT! I think I may have found the perfect alternative! You have to check out PackIt Lunch Boxes! They are lunch boxes that you can freeze overnight and they keep the food inside cold for hours. They have some really cute prints that my daughter is going crazy for next year!
Lunch Box:
Why I love it:
I prefer the PackIt Lunch Box with Strap because the bag easily packs school lunches in a breeze. I don’t have to remember to put a freezer container the night before or freeze a water bottle. The PackIt is also great for field trips or car trips to visit grandparents.
I’m a multicultural mom with a busy household of homework and homeschooling activities. I’m the founder of Spanish4Kiddos Educational Resources , a place to support teachers, parents, and homeschoolers with bilingual resources in English and Spanish.
Barbara Mascareno-Shaw

Founder, Spanish 4 Kiddos

Bento Box Lunches for Children

Why these moms love the functional organization to these adorable lunchboxes

Bentgo Brights Children's Bento Lunch Box Orange
Lauren Ricciardelli is the founder of Champagne & Shoelaces blog, loves Oreo cookies, singing in the car (often with her toddler), and meandering bookstores.  With a passion for story-telling and creating community, Champagne & Shoelaces is a place to find inspiration and ideas for travel, lifestyle products, and humorous stories about the journey of motherhood. Lauren is a self-proclaimed “Jane of All Trades”, holding a BA in Fine Art, Theater and Music, with an MFA in Arts Administration; a former wedding and event planner, and former Sunday School teacher.  Her favorite role, by far, has been that of “mother”.  Lauren Ricciardelli

Founder, Champagne & Shoelaces

Lunch Box:

Bentgo Children’s Bento Box

Why I love it:
My son and I both love the Bentgo Children’s Bento Box.  It’s super sturdy and leakproof, so I can send yogurt or dressing for dipping vegetables without fear of messes.  Because of the seals on the lid, everything stays in its individual compartment; no peas sliding into the applesauce! I especially love that he can open and close the latches himself.  My son is 2 and in Montessori school, so part of their daily routine is to bring their lunch to the table and open themselves.  It did take him a week or two to get the hang of it, but he’s super proud that he can do it himself.  It also keeps things cool throughout the day and fits in his Pottery Barn Mackenzie Classic Lunch Bag, which he also thinks is very special.
In my opinion, the Bento Boxes allow you to be more creative with the lunches rather than just the same old sandwich and piece of fruit everyday.  I also purchased this book for lunch ideas, that I love.

Is Your Child Heading to Kindergarten soon?!

Looking over at that amazing child of yours, thinking of slipping the straps of a backpack far too big for their still tiny shoulders as you send them off to kindergarten for the first time, armed with the perfectly packed lunch and all the love in your heart; what a milestone!

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Lunch Box:

Bentgo Children’s Bento Box

Why I love it:
I just bought the best lunch boxes ever on Amazon! I got them because my kids like to pick at things. They like a variety! So we do like fruit, a cereal of some sort as a snack, carrots and then a sandwich in the big part!
Erin is a passionate mother of 2 tiny humans, life saving paramedic and a mom boss who inspires me with her love for her business. Talk about time management to the extreme! She is devoted to lifting women up and sharing confidence and mantras of amazingness. It all flows out of her naturally and with ease because it’s who she is at her core. Erin, you’re the best. ~Jessica  Erin Lee

Stylist, Stella & Dot

What to put in the lunch box?!

Lauren shared this book idea with us and as a lover of Bento organization in general, I have to say that I’m happily awaiting this book to reach my door after ordering on Amazon Prime!

What to put in a lunch box that your son or daughter will actually eat!

Here are a few more great ideas for what to put INSIDE these lunchboxes! You can easily make many of these lunches WITH your child which offers so much learning opportunity. I’ve written about that here as well as sharing a super fun free activity for coming up with meal ideas with your kids!

Which Lunch Box I Plan to Get for My Child’s First Day of Preschool

An affordable lunch box that my child can open on her own

I’m thinking that Little Bee and I will be ordering one of these Bento Lunch Boxes for her to nibble and crunch on separated snacks (because heaven forbid they touch, right?!) which should fuel her for the day!

I’m so very appreciative to these amazing moms who not only inspire me with their management of family and business but who never fail to support a fellow mama with a real-life question!

Do you have a recommendation that you would love to share with us? We would love to hear what you’re using and why you love it, or what you were thinking of buying and why! Reach out, Mama. We’d love to hear from you 🙂

Check out what real moms think are the best lunch boxes for children heading to preschool, kindergarten or first grade, that they can actually open and that stay cold all day. Also find amazing recipe books for healthy snacks for lunchbox ideas that are fun for children to take to school with them each day. #easy #schools #sons #daughters #boys #girls #mom #forkids

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