I honestly don't remember my lunch bag as a kid. I know I purchased lunch on pizza day, but my mom packed my lunch most of the time. My lunch bag, I'm sure, was a basic lunch bag. Because if it was something really cool, I would remember that.
My son is entering the second grade. Cool is of the utmost importance right now. Can't be too babyish. Yet, he's not into superheroes or cartoon characters. Last year he had a lunch bag that lasted him 5 months. That's ridiculous, in my mom-pinion. If it's created for a student, it should be practically indestructible! What's the point if it's not?! This year we have a lunch mission: Healthy, Earth Friendly and Fun!
Our lunchbox needed a few specific characteristics:
1) It needed to have compartments. (We're a "food shouldn't touch" family.)
2) It needed to be an appropriate size. He doesn't have a lot of room to store things at school.
3) It must be easy to open. A lot of little lids and containers was one of our problems last year.
4) It should be able to stay cold when it needs to be. My lil' guy's lunch will sit in his cubby for approximately 4 hours before being consumed.
5) It needed to be affordable and durable.
In my many weeks of research for the ultimate lunchbox, I came across many, many options. A lot of this research was done in tandem with my friend, Jennifer over at Whatever. These were some of our family's top qualifiers:
Bento Box & Laptop Lunchbox
slate blue 'too cool for ears' lunchbox. I really liked the size of the compartments and the water bottle being part of the box. It's all in one piece and easy to handle. It looks easy to open and like the foods would remain in their intended containers. We opted not to go for this box because of the lack of a way to keep cool foods cool. It didn't fit into any of our current lunch bags and it was a bit tall for the ones I could find online. I do, however, think it's adorable and I am considering getting one for Maxwell. If only he needed to take lunch somewhere... ($25)
So we have finally made our choice. I'm happy with it. Finding a system that allowed for more eating time and less "opening" time was crucial. Additionally, I found one within our budget, that keeps the food cool and is cool enough for my 2nd grader. I'll give an additional review after a few weeks of use and let you know how it's working out for us.
Wednesday, I'll be posting some great resources and sites to use for making healthy and fun lunches for the kids. Make sure you sign up on the side of the blog to become a "follower" so you don't miss anything!