We’ve got A LOT of school aged kids here at KiA so between us we’ve been through our fair share of lunchboxes, wraps and containers in our days so we thought it would be helpful to share which ones we’ve tried, tested and LOVED.
b.box lunchboxes were brand new in 2021 and after giving it a good test out we’re happy to say it’s solidly back in our feature for another year. We really gave it a good run for it’s money and still going strong to back it up for another year. No cracks or broken seals, and this year we’ll be taking it to school in a b.box insulated lunchbag too.
The b.box lunchbox features a large compartment that fits a whole sandwich. Plus, sitting underneath the tray is an included gel cooler pack to keep food fresher and cooler for longer. Or, remove the sandwich tray and the compartment now easily fits pasta and salads.Its unique flexi whole fruit holder lets you store a whole apple, as the stretchy seal bends around the shape of your fruit – no need to cut fruit into smaller sizes, no more brown apple! Leak-proof silicone seals lets you store wet foods like watermelon and yoghurts (no liquids). The custom divider slides across enabling parents to adjust the compartment size as they need, or remove it to fit a whole banana or wrap. Easy for little hands to open and close too.
The b.box range also comes in snack boxes (perfect size for munch and crunch) drinkbottles, insulated food jars, gel coolers, spoons and florks. Yes I said florks.
The lunchbox is a great price at $29.95 online at www.bbox.com.au or find them at Foodland, Pharmacies and Baby Bunting.
Technically not a lunch box but a perfectly convenient eco friendly alternative to plastic cling wrap. Not sure about you but our kids are becoming fiercely passionate about these changes. Does any one else’s school reward kids for nude food and plastic free lunch boxes? Our kids take great pride in their various sized beeswax wraps and so we were stoked to find this beautiful little SA hand made product. If you haven’t ever tried beeswax food wraps, now is a great time and they are relatively inexpensive given they are made for multiple, multiple, versitile use.
You can find them at local markets like Stirling Laneways on 24th Jan 2021 AND their new website is almost ready to go here: https://www.thehivewrappa.com.au/
Looking to lift your ‘nude food’ game this year? Don’t forget the fork! For a truly zero waste alternative ECONO have a perfect solution for little fingers. This handy bamboo travel spork is perfect for everything, from lunch on the go to a spontaneous ice cream at the beach. They come as a set of three with a cute carry pouch which makes it easy to keep your clean sporks separate from the dirty ones.
If you have older kids, send them to school in style with ECONO’s stunningly designed matte black travel cutlery set. The set comes with everything they could possibly need, including straws and a drawstring pouch and dishwasher safe carry box, making it nice and easy to keep their dirty utensils separate… actually… maybe a set of these could save Mum from the disappearing teaspoon dilemma at the office too!
Check the range online at www.econo.com.au
For price, variety and availability you can’t go past Decor. They have a range of lunchbox products from snack tubs right up to their 2.4L XL divided lunchbox and everything in between as well as drink bottles, ice walls and lunch bags. Special mention to their click and stack range that allows you to click and stack the containers together in a number of configurations to make your own kind of bento lunchbox. Great for fruit and yoghurt, or dip and carrot sticks, pasta and sauce etc.
You’ll find them at your local supermarket, Big W and even Bunnings.
Check the range online at www.decor.com.au
4 great compartments and a silicone lid to ensure that nothing inside mixes. Love the large compartment to fit a whole sandwich and also the small round compartment is great for hommus or dip, or a few sultanas, or a little treat.
The latch is very child friendly, sometimes they can be tricky to open. This brand are VERY popular and comes in a range of other sizes and colours.
$39.95 online at www.adventureawaits.com.au
We swear by the medium fridge to go cooler bags / lunch bags for our kids. They are perfect for fitting a lunch box inside that will stay cool for up to EIGHT hours and there will be no condensation. You simply freeze and insert a thing lightweight freezer panel that zips into place in the morning. It’s like magic.
The quality is brilliant (we simply wipe it clean or occasionally pop it through the washing machine on a gentle cycle) and we are only just now replacing one that’s four years old! Don’t want to put a lunch box in it? No worries, we pack whole fruit, yoghurts and wax wrapped sandwiches or snack pouches directly in to the fridge bag.
The medium lunch bag is $39.95 and comes in awesome plain colors and fun patterns – plus you can personalise it if you wish.
Buy it here: https://www.fridgetogo.com.au/
I used this one for the whole of 2020 and it still looks like new and will be coming with us through 2021 (and beyond I reckon, this thing is TOUGH)
Love it’s deep and large compartments that will fit a regular sized sambo so you won’t have to origami the bread to make it fit. It also comes with 2 x leak-proof pots that come with the lunchbox and can be used for anything liquid-y. Tried and tested, they are indeed leakproof and it’s a great non plastic option.
Easy to clean and very durable.
$89 online at www.seedsprout.com.au
Jessie swears by the personalised Bento Box from Stuck on you.
It’s a great size so you can actually fit a decent amount of food in it, and the metal hinges are great for durability. They also come personalised with your child’s name so hopefully it keeps coming home and doesn’t get lost in the lunchbox black hole at school!
$49.95 online at www.stuckonyou.com.au
And once you’ve chosen your lunchbox below are some ideas on how to fill it!
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Some of the lunchboxes mentioned above we received free of charge for the purpose of this review however as for all reviews from Kids in Adelaide the above is honest and in our own words.