No one wants a soggy sandwich in their school lunchbox. To get you ready for the new school term, here’s everything you need for the perfect packed lunch … along with some genius hacks for healthy lunches you know your child will eat.
Pick the perfect lunchbox
Most schools prefer soft lunchboxes. If a child gets accidentally banged by a hard lunchbox, it can hurt – and they can also come open if they’re dropped.
Soft lunchboxes are easier to use and to fit sandwiches and snacks in. Another advantage is that after your child has eaten, it folds down and can easily be packed away in her school bag.
Most supermarkets have a large range to choose from, so let your child pick her own lunchbox for the new school term … and remember to put her name on it so it doesn’t get lost.
Buy lots and LOTS of Tupperware
You can never have too many different shapes and sizes.
Fill the Tupperware with salad, chopped fruit, rice and anything else you can think off, all neatly packed away in the lunchbox. They are great for leftovers too.
Just make sure you teach your child how to open them.
Stock up on Ziploc bags
Another great thing to keep in your cupboard is a pack of Ziploc food bags. You can use them to pack sandwiches, or a portion of popcorn or crackers.
Again, they keep everything nice and neat and make sure that food doesn’t end up jumbled up together after being thrown about on the school run.
Keep it cool
After a morning of school lessons, there’s nothing worse than opening your lunchbox to find sweaty sandwiches. Yuck.
Look for an insulated lunch box to keep food cool and fresh, and stock up on some mini ice packs to pop inside for hot days.
Another top tipl is to freeze tubes of yoghurt overnight and pop them in the lunchbox in the morning. While they thaw, they keep everything cool.
And by lunchtime they’ll be ready to eat – bonus.
Find a water bottle that doesn’t leak
Another thing to add to your list of back to school supplies: a water bottle.
It may seem like mission impossible sometimes, trying to find a water bottle that’s easy for little hands to open but doesn’t leak.
There are loads of different types to buy and sometimes it’s worth spending a little bit more to get one that won’t dribble all over your child’s school books.
Pop the filled bottle in the fridge the night before, to keep it cool during the day. Some water bottles also have an ice pack that you can put in the freezer overnight to keep drinks super chilled in the summer.
Buy some plastic cutlery
You can buy some lovely plastic cutlery for packed lunches in bright colors and lovely designs. Or if your child is prone to mislaying things you can buy large bags of disposable plastic spoons, knives and forks.
Without cutlery, you limit the choice of food you can give your child. Making her lunch varied each day so she doesn’t get bored is essential.
Pop in a note ...
If your child is struggling to settle at school, a lovely tip is to pop a note in her lunchbox each day.
From telling her you love her through to simply drawing a kiss with an ‘X’, a little reminder of you can give your child a much-needed boost.