It’s that time of year again, folks. The start of a new school year means the start of a whole new year of school lunches. For some of us, the Summer means a break from packing lunches for the kiddos but if you’re like me, you’ve never fallen out of practice thanks to summer camp. Lucky for you this means that I was able to test out some new lunch boxes on my kids for an entire summer.
In the 5 years that I have been packing lunches I’ve tried many different lunch boxes out on my boys, aged 8 and 5 1/2. I’ve definitely noted that more expensive doesn’t always mean better. We started with Pottery Barn boxes which are durable and have hard sides so they prevent lunches from getting crushed. We liked them but their rigidity (can’t believe thats an actual word!) made them difficult to stuff into an already full backpack. Believe it or not, we moved to the soft sided fairly inexpensive character ones like these and have been using them for school and camp ever since. They don’t hold up to odors well but I would just throw them in the washer and when they got old, wouldn’t think twice about tossing them and buying another one. At $8.00 a pop, you can do that sort of thing. The issue I have with them is even with an ice pack, they realty don’t keep lunches that cold so I was on a mission to try something else.
Enter: Packit lunch boxes.
I have been seeing these in different stores for a while now from Target to TJMaxx but never thought to buy one. I fully admit I thought they were gimmicky and completely dismissed them. So freakin’ dumb! I swear these lunch boxes have changed the game for me. The idea behind this product is that the entire lunch box folds flat and gets tossed in the freezer to set overnight. Once frozen, it stays cold for up to 10 hours!!! This means no more warm lunches and no more annoying freezer packs to deal with. They are super durable and easy to wipe out when a spill occurs which is like every day with kids, right? On top of their awesome functionality, the come in a ton of adorable designs for kids and adults alike. We personally have the two styles pictured in this post and they work great for our 5 and 8 year old boys!
Have you used these lunch boxes? What do you think?