What to con­sider when buy­ing a lunch box

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CHOOS­ING a lunch box can be con­fus­ing with so many dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties and styles to choose from, con­sid­er­ing all things from the size, find­ing an in­su­lated bag to fit the lunch box and ac­ces­sories.

The ideal lunch box needs to be re­us­able, keep the food fresh and pre­vent it from be­ing squashed.

A few kids, es­pe­cially those who are a lit­tle fussy, might like to graze on a va­ri­ety of food.

The bento style boxes and ac­ces­sories are very clever at mak­ing the food fun and ex­cit­ing.

While keep­ing in mind the lunch box should be made of ma­te­ri­als that won’t harm your child and is easy for you to clean, other things you need to con­sider are listed be­low.

What to look for in a lunch box:

■ BPA-FREE: The lunch box should be safe to store food in­side;

■ Stay Fresh: A box that will seal and keep an un­wrapped item fresh;

■ Easy to Clean: One with a lid for the lunch box, easy to clean and store when dry­ing;

■ Sec­tions: Sep­a­rate spa­ces to place dif­fer­ent foods;

■ Size: It’s not too big to fit into the kid’s school bag, or take up most of the space; ■ Per­fect Por­tions: Sec­tions that are big enough for the amount of food the kids will eat;

■ Re­us­able: Save the en­vi­ron­ment and your pocket, don’t use plas­tic zip lock bags;

■ Dish­washer safe: For those days you don’t have time to hand wash;

■ Easy to store: not too bulky to store when not in use;

■ Ma­chine wash­able: lunch bags can eas­ily be washed in the wash­ing ma­chine.

Lunch boxes that seal tight and keep an un­wrapped sand­wich fresh elim­i­nate the use of plas­tic wrap sav­ing ex­tra dol­lars and the en­vi­ron­ment.

How big a lunch box do I buy?

It is sug­gested you get a lunch box larger than you think you need, as your child grows they will be want­ing to eat more.

Typ­i­cally make sure the lunch box is big enough to fit a sand­wich, fruit and snacks.

Re­mem­ber the box needs to be qual­ity to last all year, and some­thing easy for you to wash and pack each day.

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