What’s the 2nd most sought after back- to- school item on our list? Lunch boxes! Even though my daughter will eat some of her meals at school, we will also be making her lunches at home to send with her to school.
Lunch boxes come in many shapes, sizes and materials – the choices can be overwhelming at times. But, if you do your homework ahead of time, the choice should be a breeze when it comes time to make your purchase.
Metal, plastic and insulated are the top choices in most stores. With pros and cons to each…it’s really a personal choice on which to choose.
Metal lunch boxes are sleek and stylish and are perfect to customize with your favorite photos or logos. While it doesn’t offer much insulation for food, they can come in fun patterns and colors that are retro or vintage in feel.
Plastic lunch boxes were popular in the 70’s and 80’s and can come in many different styles and patterns as well. Providing protection and individualized compartments for food, this is a great choice for kids who love themed products. Don’t forget to look for BPA free when choosing a plastic lunch box – we like cute…but not the bad chemicals that can leach into food from regular plastic.
Over the last 10 years, insulated or soft-sided lunchboxes have been the trend. Insulated lunch boxes help retain food temperature and most close with a zipper or velcro, so it’s pretty kid friendly. There are lots of fun shapes and designs to choose from when choosing an insulated lunch box.
One of the best things about insulated lunch boxes are the ultra-cool and handy Bento Boxes that can be fit inside. Bento boxes are reusable, BPA free and have individualized compartments to put healthy food choices in. Something I’m going to be purchasing for my Kindergartner this year!
Have you picked out a lunch box for your child this year yet? I’d love to hear which you like best or what you’ll be choosing!