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Must Have Lunch Containers and Gear for Your Kids

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With your kids about to head back to school, it can get overwhelming trying to decide which products are actually worth your time and money.

I’m all about saving money and the environment so I’m a huge fan of reusable lunch containers and gear.

Not just any old reusable lunch gear though, it has to check all the boxes for parents which means something safe, sturdy, and easy to clean. And of course, it has to be kid approved so something fun, colorful, and cool. 

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Below you’ll find my list of favorite reusable lunch containers and other products that every kid and parent will love! Here’s to another year of packing some awesome lunches!


You no longer need to waste those expensive paper napkins. Make the swap to cloth napkins and start saving a ton of money.

Cloth napkins – These napkins are awesome! They are perfect for your child’s lunch box because they’re smaller than regular cloth napkins and they’re colorful. We use them as our dinner napkins and love them.

Funkins – Your child will love using these cute napkins with fun prints. They are soft and absorbent to clean a small mess or your child’s mouth. There is a sewn in label so you can write their names on each napkin.

Lunch bags

If you’re still buying those brown paper bags, STOP! Not only is it wasteful, but there are so many lunch bags/boxes that will keep your child’s food fresher. On top of that, they’ll be able to use it for many years to come!

Insulated lunch bag – Lunch bags don’t have to be bulky. This one will lay flat so you can store it easily when it’s not in use. It’s machine washable so you don’t have to worry about taking extra time to clean these bags.

Insulated lunch box – These insulated lunch boxes come in fun prints to match your kid’s style.  There are a couple of extra pockets for storage so you should have enough room for all of your child’s snacks.

Plastic bags

Plastic sandwich and snack bags come in handy but are expensive and wasteful. Thank goodness there are alternatives out there so you can cut down on using them

Lunchskins – Ditch the plastic sandwich bags by using Lunchskins. These reusable sandwich and snack bags does the exact same job but you can use the same one over and over. We use them for our lunches and they work great! They are easy to clean and they dry very quickly.

Zip snack bags – If you’re packing foods with crumbs or excess liquid, try out these snack bags. These baggies are leak-proof and durable so you can pack fruit in these bags without worrying about a mess.

Plastic containers

Plastic containers are great for a little while. But eventually, they warp, leak, get stained, and then are thrown away. There are better options nowadays and you can even send hot food that will stay hot!

Stainless steel bento box – This stainless steel container is great for kids (and adults). It’ll fit 2 small sides and a half of a sandwich. The container is pretty indestructible so you don’t have to worry about any accidental drops. Great container for on the go meals.

Food thermos – You can now send hot foods with your kids for lunch. This airtight container will keep hot foods like pasta and soups warm for hours.

Drink containers

Buying individual sized drinks and waters may be convenient but it’s costly. You can pack your child a drink for a fraction of the price by using a reusable bottle. The bottles below are amazing because they will keep the drinks cool for hours.

Stainless steel thermos with straw – This 12oz thermos comes with a built-in straw making it the perfect bottle for kids of all ages. It also has a built-in lid that will keep the straw clean and keep the drink from leaking. It comes in a lot of designs which your kid will love.

Stainless steel bottle – The great thing about this bottle is that you can purchase a separate sippy top or a sport cap so your child can continue to use this bottle as they grow.

What lunch gear has been worth your time and money?

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