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How to Pack Good Lunches for Your Kids

Advanced planning can make all the difference.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend,
October 17, 2009
Episode #135

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My kids have been on Fall Break for a week. I love having them home and spending time with them. I admit, I’ve enjoyed not packing lunches this week.I pack lunches for my husband and my daughter daily on weekdays. Getting into the habit was more difficult than I expected. I mean, it’s just a lunch. I’d have to make it for them if they were home, right? What’s the big deal? I can’t figure out why I mind packing lunches but I do know that sharing these great ideas will make the daily lunch-packing routine, easier, cheaper, and more enjoyable for everyone!

How to Choose Your Child's Lunchbox

I remember taking lunches to school when I was a kid. I had one of those metal lunchboxes. It had the BeeGees on it. So, now that I’m done showing my age, I’d like to express my thanks to the creator of all those new insulated lunch boxes available now. If you are going to be packing lunches for your loved ones, I highly recommend investing in an insulated lunchbox. You’ll save money in the long run over buying paper bags for sack lunches, and since these lunchboxes are reusable, they are much better for the environment. Many lunchboxes are decorated with cool licensed characters that your kids love, which will encourage your child to take better care of them. In my family we have princesses for my daughter, Lightning McQueen for my son, and Tinkerbell for me. My husband uses an icebox. His lunch has to last him all day, so he needs a little more space. You’ll also need ice packs for you boxes. You can get these for as little as a dollar in many grocery stores. Or, if you are like me and still have that little icebox you used to store your breast milk, the icepacks in there are the perfect size for a lunchbox. Keep a few of these icepacks in the freezer at all times, just in case you forget to replace the one you used the night before. You’ll be thankful that you have an extra.

How to Choose Your Child's Containers

Before you start packing your children’s favorite lunch goodies into those plastic resealable baggies, consider plastic reusable containers.

Before you start packing your children’s favorite lunch goodies into those plastic resealable baggies, consider plastic reusable containers.
Check out your local dollar store. You might be able to find a stack of four, six, or more containers for a buck. These little containers are great for holding crackers, chips, cut up fruit, or pretzels. If you’ll be packing sandwiches, you can also find square or sandwich-shaped containers that will fit nicely in your lunchbox. Another handy item to consider is a pack of plastic or disposable spoons. These are great for yogurt or fruit cups. Let your children know that they can hold on to them and not to throw them away. Even though they are disposable, you don’t have to dispose them, but if they do get lost, it’s not a big deal. Sports bottles are great for holding drinks. Because we live in Arizona, our schools recommend children carry water with them at all times. Water is a great choice, but if your child wants something else, you would save money by investing in a thermos. Single serve drinks are very handy, but you could be paying more in the long run.

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