What to consider when buying a lunch box
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.