Are you looking to learn some easy tips on how to pack a better school lunch? Putting together home lunch can become an easy task with just a little bit of planning.
Today I’m going to share how I plan and pack school lunches for my kids.
Easy Tips On How To Pack A Better School Lunch
First thing you need is your school lunch supplies. Here are some supplies that we personally use and love!
Our lunch bags are Fulton Bag Co. brand. We got it at Target and they work great for all of our lunch boxes.
We use our Rover planetbox the most. I love how the compartments are set up. We use each section for different foods. This makes it easier when packing lunch and it keeps the foods separate.
It comes with magnets that you can place on the front of the lunch box. You can also order more so you have a variety to choose from. We have two sets for each of our kids. They like picking out which magnets they’re going to use for their lunch box.
It’s a little pricey upfront but the lunch box itself is made of stainless steel so it’ll last for a long time. It’s dishwasher safe and comes with a five-year warranty. Definitely worth the investment if you plan on packing lunches for many years.
Planetbox lunch boxes are NOT leakproof. But it does come with containers with lids called “Dippers” that are designed to hold foods such as applesauce, sauces, yogurt, dips, ect.
Yumbox was the first lunchbox that we bought for school lunch. I like that it’s leakproof, lighter than the planetbox lunch boxes and it has 5 compartments.
It has an inner removable tray and an outer shell. The inner tray is dishwasher safe but the outer shell isn’t. You have to hand wash it.
I really like the yumbox for younger kids since it’s lightweight and has good portion sizes. As my kids have gotten older, we tend to use the Planetbox more.
We don’t use these as often but it’s nice to have these as a backup for when our planetbox is dirty. I like that it has three different compartments.
I love these water bottles because they are stainless steel and dishwasher safe. They are durable, we’ve had ours for years. It keeps their water cool for hours.
These are a must-have for packing school lunches. Being able to send hot food is so nice. These containers keep food hot for up to 5 hours. They are stainless steel and easy to clean.
I like to pack thin, lightweight ice packs. It is less heavy for them to carry.
These are great for sending smoothies, yogurt, etc to school. I like to freeze smoothies in these molds. Then you can put them in their lunch box and by lunch, the smoothies are thawed out enough to eat.
Make their sandwiches and veggies fun by cutting them into fun shapes!
Save money and make your own uncrustables at home! We like to make them ahead of time and have them ready in the freezer. That way we can just grab them and go.
Having a few reusable snack bags is really helpful. It cuts down on plastic use, it’s better for the environment and it saves money! We have to send snacks to school for our kids so these come in handy for crackers, fruit, veggies, ect.
These are really nice to have for lunchboxes. Sometimes I’ll add these to the lunchbox to create another compartment or to keep certain foods separate. We also use them for muffins and I’ll just add it to their lunch box.
Make A Plan
When I am figuring out our meal plan I like to think of easy lunch options that can be quickly put together. In order to make this process easier, I’ve created a printable to help me.
I divide our lunches into sections. Main course (protein), Fruits, Veggies, Snack/Crunchy, Treat. When I’m packing lunches I like to have something crunchy in their lunches and a treat. The treat is usually something somewhat healthy and I usually just add one or a small handful.
For example, I’ll add one yogurt covered pretzel to their lunch and stick it in the snack part of their planetbox lunch box.
When I am figuring out what to put on the list for the main course, I usually stick to foods that I know they’ll like. If we come across something that we think they’ll like, we first try it out for dinner or on the weekend, then we’ll add it to the lunch rotation.
I like to check my seasonal guide to see what fruits and veggies are in season and use it to add foods to my school lunch guide. Eating foods that are in season saves money. And it helps you eat a more wide variety of foods.
I plug everything into my school lunch guide and use this as a template for my kid’s lunches.
I like to get things made ahead of time and put in the freezer. The night before I just pull it out and stick it in the fridge. Some things that I like to make and freeze are quesadillas, pizza rolls, soup, homemade uncrustables, waffles, ect.
This saves me so much time.
To make lunches easier for you, I’ve got a free school lunch guide printable! Just click the download here button and start planning!
Do you have any tips that help you pack school lunch?