Brown bag lunches are better
INVEST IN A GOOD LUNCH CONTAINER. For me, a true brown bag is too flimsy. I want a lunch bag that is insulated, sturdy, leakproof and as attractive as possible. The Freddie and Sebbie Lunch Bag is practical and cute. Made of neoprene, it is insulated, has a zipper and is as practical as it is fun to carry. It also comes in a variety of colors. For a family-size lunch, I have a large insulated cooler bag that meets the same criteria. The Everest Cooler/Lunch Bag is a more masculine, but equally practical option. The true test of a good lunch container is how often it is used.
USE BENTO BOXES. These are portable food boxes with compartments that fit inside the lunch box. The best Bento boxes, in my opinion, have tight-fitting lids. I use a set of Happy Lunchboxes 4-Compartment Leakproof Bento Lunch Box containers. I find myself using them to store leftovers as well as my lunch. While it’s not completely leakproof (I wouldn’t fill a container with milk, for example) they are leak-resistant and keep lunch items fresh and tasty.
PACK HEAT. Not that kind of heat — I’m talking about taking a hot lunch to work or school in a wide-mouthed thermos. You can fill it with soup or any hot food you can fit, and it will stay hot for at least five hours. It can also keep food cold. The Thermos Stainless Steel King Food Jar has a 16-ounce capacity and is very well-insulated. You don’t have to worry about the thing breaking like those old glass-lined thermoses you may remember. The wide mouth makes this thermos easy to fill, and the extra-large lid doubles as a serving bowl. And surprise! There’s a handy fold-up spoon tucked into the lid. Of course there are many thermoses to choose from. I just mention this one because it is well-priced and practical in every way.