Only SIX more days until my oldest daughter starts kindergarten! While my daughter has started vibrating with excitement, I am still in full preparation mode, hoping to make the transitions as smooth as possible for the whole family. I have been very focussed on finding healthy foods my daughter likes to pack in her lunch because we will not be participating in the school lunch program. I have also been focussed on exactly what to pack her lunch in!
I started my lunch box research several months ago, read reviews, asked friends, went to stores and played with them. There are some amazing options out there, many for pretty amazing prices. I absolutely love love love the PlanetBox lunchboxes. I want one for my daughter desperately. But, it is just plain old too expensive for our budget (maybe Santa will bring us one). So, I found a much less expensive option: EasyLunchBoxes. These are a bento box-sandwich container hybrid, made of BPA-free plastic, with lids that seem to stay on but are easy enough for my daughter to open on her own. Compared to the $60 price tag for PlanetBox, EasyLunchBoxescost $14 for three. There are three compartments, which I plan to fill with fruit and veggies in the large compartment, and nuts or olives and meat in each of the small compartments. EasyLunchBoxes makes special insulated containers for their lunchboxes but I found one that fits perfectly at Target that also has a pocket for a water bottle. I also bought some cheap icepacks to keep the food cold. I have been playing with these EasyLunchBoxes for a couple of months, using every opportunity to try them out. I’m quite impressed. I don’t know how well they will hold up to repeated use (although reviews on Amazon say they last very well), but for now they are just perfect.