If you’re shopping for back to school here is a selection of gear that you may not have seen before. All are kid safe and whether you’re looking for environmentally friendly or just plain cute or very cool, these are worth a look.
Eight cute designs from the Skip Hop Zoo collection that match & clip to the Zoo Pack backpacks or any other bag. BPA, Phthalate and PVC free, these insulated bags have a large main compartment with interior mesh pockets and a write on name tag inside ($13.00).
Coordinating with the other Lassig 4Kids bags, their cooler bag is great for lunch, made with safe materials, cute designs and very functional features like 2 zippered insulated compartments- a large main compartment and a smaller one at the bottom, mesh pockets and elastic straps. It even includes stroller clips, so it can do double duty on your stroller when you’re not using it for lunch ($36.49).
Shaped like a classic lunchbox, the Margay ($27.95) is made from NeoGreene, a water-based Neoprene like material that will keep lunches hot or cold for hours. With 1 divided exterior pocket, and 1 large main compartment, the Margay will hold all of your lunchtime needs. Available in 4 colors, this soft-sided lunchbox is one of 3 GreenSmart designs and can be teamed with the Manatee (see Bottle & Container Guide) for your drink.
The following are available as stand alone lunchboxes or as sets with containers:
The Oots! Lunchbox can be bought on its own or with the custom designed containers that can be stacked inside. The upright design keeps food from being tossed around and the hard, safe plastic protects everything from getting squashed. An adjustable elastic handle at the top and the shape of the lid work together to keep a water bottle securely in place. Theses cute modern lunch pails are available in 3 color combinations. The Deluxe version ($39.95) comes with with one large and four small containers inside. Extra containers can be also be purchased separately and also work really well in other lunchboxes, as they are secure, well sized very easy to open.
The Yubo lunchbox is another of our favorites as it is easy to use, even for preschoolers, BPA-free, anti-microbial, recyclable and top rack dishwasher safe. The handle is quite comfy and can be moved to either hand on the long or short side, while the hard design protects contents. The Deluxe (pictured,$29.95) comes complete with 3 containers, a choice of faceplates and a specially sized ice pack (really great). Everything is also sold separately and there’s even an attachable drink holder. You can upgrade the standard included faceplate to any of their other designs for an extra charge or even print your own images. We have train photos on ours and my son couldn’t be happier. Plus you can change the look of your box whenever you want.
This “waste-free & muck-free” lunch system is made of safe materials and begins with a soft sided insulated lunch box, available in 4 designs. The Starter Kit ($42.00) comes with 1 insulated lunch bag, 1 stainless water bottle with sports top, 4 food containers. The air-tight, watertight and leakproof containers are also available separately in 4 colors and 5 sizes, as is the lunch bag. Among the other items available from Citizen Pip are a stainless food jar and a BYOB set, so that you can outfit your own bag or purchase an additional set.
This is an economical system is meant to work together to make packing lunch easier without being very expensive. The insulated lunch bag comes in several colors ($7.95) and is meant to work with the nicely compartmentalized food containers, sold in 4 container sets (&13.95) which are safe for refrigerator, freezer, microwave, & dishwasher and non-toxic. You can place one container in the bag and have plenty of room for a drink, yogurt or a thermos.