Happy back-to-school lunch-packing season! I hope these tips, tricks, and lunch ideas for kids will help make your mornings a little healthier, and your kids’ lunches a little more nutritious. Please not that this post includes affiliate links, which means I make a commission off of sales.

While driving with my girls this morning I heard the radio dj say, “Well, it’s back-to-school time!” And I thought, “wait, what?!” It’s the first week in August, don’t cut our summer short, buddy! There are still so many things we have yet to check off the summer bucket list… riding the bike without training wheels, a beach bonfire, blueberry pancakes on the beach, more days of paddle boarding, homemade ice cream! And please, Michael’s, put away the Halloween decor. It’s too soon.

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The Best Lunch Box Systems for Kids

Alas, my kids will be going back to school before I know it and the days of sleeping in and showing up to preschool summer camp late will be over. One of the most rewarding parts of blogging has become sharing my kids’ packed lunches. I run out of ideas and I know other parents do too.

A healthy vegetarian and vegan kids' lunch in a planetbox with sushi.

After trying many lunchbox systems I finally got PlanetBox lunch boxes for my kids and could not be happier. The compartments never spill and make it so easy to pack a variety of foods. Our lunches have never been more colorful and I have found that I even use these for lunches at home, or to go to the beach or park.

How To Pack Hot Foods

I actually have a whole post about packing hot foods for lunch here! For hot foods like soup I use lunchbots insulated containers, which are great because they are much wider than most other insulated soup containers. You can get them on Amazon. The only downside is that they can be a little tricky for preschoolers to unscrew – but they hopefully have an adult to help anyway.

The other lunch system we have tried for hot food is OmieBox. Pros: You can store hot and cold food in one convenient system. Cons: It’s a little pricey, and small for older kids or adults. Verdict: I really like this one for preschoolers and younger children.

To get your lunch-packing ideas flowing I made a video of loads of our past lunches so be sure to give it a watch above.  Be sure to tag me on Instagram and show me what you’re making!