School is drawing to a close, but summer camps are coming soon, and my daughter’s lunch box (actually, insulated bag) has past its expiry date. Sure, it’s cute and all. But it’s not practical and no matter how thoroughly I clean the thing, it still smells. Yuck!
With enviro-consciousness hitting the school grounds, her lunch bag is generally stuffed with a whole assortment of mismatched plastic containers to house various snacks (apparently she needs three a day) as well as a Sigg drink bottle for water.
Clearly, I need to get myself organized and get a better system in place. (Like when I go to a clothing store and refuse to buy anything unless the store can offer an entire outfit. I don’t want to track down pants somewhere else to match this top! I want the one-stop-shop deal.)
In case you’re in the same jam as me, I’m sharing my research with you here to save you the time. I imagine there are some pretty groovy options out there. Some more pricey than others, but if it last more than a year, I don’t mind spending up a little more.
So here are the criteria I’ve used to narrow down the list.
1. Must be under $40.
2. Must be a full-solution (i.e. not just a bag, but all the extra containers required for snacks and whatnot).
3. Must be BPA-free.
4. Must be lead-free.
5. Must be phthalate-free.
6. Must be available to buy on-line for Canadian deliveries or have a local supplier in Ottawa.
7. Cannot be pink or purple. (That’s my daughter’s criteria.)
Here’s what I’ve found:
Bento Laptop Lunch System
Yep, that’s it. Only one that met all the criteria.
There were some other interesting options though:
Kids Konserve: Complete system, great looking, but pricey.
Crocodile Creek: Nice. But just the bag, no inner containers.
Muchlers: Super cute. But just a bag, and likely too small for my girl.
L.L. Bean: Practical, well-constructed bag with choice of creature on it.
I’m all ears … tell me your lunch box solutions! I’ve got years, and years, and years, of lunch-making ahead of me so I want to get a great system down pat.