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    21 A+ Products For Packing Back-To-School Lunches

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    1. A freezable lunch bag with a built-in gel liner for anyone who has dealt with frustration when their kids come home with their lunch box sans ice pack. This genius tote with 7,000 5-star reviews (!!!) collapses flat to fit in your freezer and keeps food chilled for up to nearly ~10 hours~!

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    Promising review: "I was absolutely FED UP with having to constantly having to buy ice packs for my kindergartener's lunch box. Every day it seemed like he was forgetting it or just outright losing it! NOT ANYMORE! The whole front is that squishy freezing gel stuff and the bottom part too. Just slap that baby in the freezer the night before and you're good to go in the morning. Keeps it cold so long! Some days we've forgotten the lunchbox in the car, and when we go get it's still cold! Over 12 hours later and it's still COLD! This lunch box is a must-buy"—Summer LaMoureaux

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 20 prints).

    2. A four-pack of slim ice packs that'll keep your kiddo's meals c-h-i-l-l-e-d without weighing their lunch bag down. Win Win.

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    Promising review: "These have worked great for my kid's school lunches. Works well in an insulated lunch bag to keep food chilled. The coolers are still cold to the touch when I take them out of my daughter's lunch box after she returns home from school. The thin size is perfect for not taking up too much space. I've had them for a few months, have sent one in school lunches everyday, and I have not had any problems with leaking." —abh17

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    3. A pack of reusable silicone baking cups to corral itsy bitsy portions of fruit, veggies and snacks — and to ensure those yummy cookies don't get soggy from the mac and cheese.

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    Promising review: "I specifically bought these to use in bento boxes for my kids for their lunches. Four of them fit perfectly into the large compartment of the lunch box containers which is perfect for portioning fruit, veggies, and helpings of whatever their main meal is for the day. My kids love them, and so do their teachers. Have gotten many compliments on their lunches using this combo. I rinse them out and throw them in the top rack of my dishwasher and have been using the same set for almost FOUR years now! No smell, no bad taste."—Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $6.17.

    4. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer so you can make your own Smuckers Uncrustables copycats at home without spending nearly $10 for a box. Prepare for your life to be *utterly butterly* changed.

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    Promising review: "These have been a GAME-CHANGER in this house!! My son has always begged me for Uncrustables but my wallet didn’t agree with them. I LOVE being able to make them at home and customize them to exactly what they would like them filled with! I make two weeks' worth of sandwiches at a time and store them in sandwich bags in the freezer so in the morning during the school year we can just grab and go! Love them!" —Katherine Smaczniak

    Get it from Amazon for $17.96

    5. A set of scratch-off lunchbox notes that'll make any child's day. Write a sweet note, cover it with the scratch-off sticker and slip it into their box. They'll be SO excited to discover your hidden message!

    The set of scratch-off lunchbox notes
    Inklings Paperie / Etsy

    Inklings Paperie is a small biz based in Plymouth, Michigan founded by a mom of two that makes whimsical paper creations and modern keepsakes. 

    The set includes 24 assorted cards (four each of six designs), 24 stickers and instructions and idea-starters all packaged in a mini hand-stamped muslin drawstring bag.

    Promising review: "My daughter LOVES these and said all her friends are jealous that she gets these super cool notes on her lunch! I will definitely be ordering more!!!"—Kati

    Get it from Inklings Paperie on Etsy for $18.

    6. A pack of condiment containers ideal for dippable dressings and sauces that'll brighten up your kiddos' ~hors d'oeuvres,~ while the screw-top lids prevent leaky messes all over their lunch box.

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    Promising review: "My kids bring lunch from home everyday and these are a must. I put salad dressing, ketchup, bbq sauce, maple syrup, dip, nuts, peanut butter/jelly granola (for a yogurt) just about anything in these. My first set is over 1 year old and are just like new and surprisingly they never leak liquid. I just bought another set."—Jean9

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.60.

    7. A set of reusable food pouches that'll make sugar-filled store-bought pouches a distant memory and let you pack homemade nutritious smoothies, applesauce or yogurt for your toddler, tween (or you!). I mean, who doesn't love squeezable goodness on the go?

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    These reusable pouches have an extra wide zipper opening at the bottom making them easy to fill.

    Promising review: "These pouches are wonderful! I bought the large size and they work for all my kids ages 1–10 years. The little one gets his purees and the older ones use it in their lunch bags for anything from porridge to yogurts to smoothies. I love that they are reusable and are super easy to fill with a funnel. As for the cleaning, yes it can get all dried and caked on after several hours in a lunch bag but I just leave them to soak in hot water and soap and then clean with a brush. I leave them to dry semi open and there are usually no lingering smells but when needed, I will rinse in vinegar to get them perfectly fresh smelling. Great product!"—NT

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three sizes).

    8. A vacuum-insulated stainless-steel food thermos because you're tired of your kids complaining about cold lunches. Now you can spice up their school day with minestrone soup or lasagna. Mamma mia!

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    Promising review: "I tried other thermos containers for our kids to send them hot lunches and they NEVER kept good hot past an hour. I decided to give the Mira food jar a try after reading good reviews. The day I got it, I put it to work. I put very hot water in the container for about 15 minutes. Then I put in hot oatmeal. After 5 hours the oatmeal was still over 100 degrees! This is far better than the thermos containers I have. I ordered another one." —K. Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50 (available in ten colors).

    9. An iridescently adorable stainless-steel silverware set that'll make them feel all grown up ~just like mommy and daddy~ and ensure their food doesn't end up on the classroom floor.

    The stainless steel utensil set in rainbow
    Amazon

    The set includes four forks, four spoons, and four knives.

    Promising review: "I bought these to pack in my first grader's lunches. I love them, they’re a good size for kids’ hands and they wash well."—Janell Foltz

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $18.95 (available in three colors).

    10. And a matching rainbow print personalized snack bag with a food-safe lining that's washable and reusable, making it perfect for toting sandwiches and snacks to school.

    A personalized sandwich bag, snack bag and cutlery bag
    Tarrah At Home / Etsy

    Tarrah At Home is a small biz based in Warman, Canada founded by a stay-at-home mom with four kids that offers handcrafted storage solutions for your home.

    You can add one name, either first or family to this cheery bag. You can also choose your fave fonts and colors and add your notes in the personalization box when you place your order!

    Promising review: "Product arrived on time. My daughter loves the bright colors. The snack bag fits perfectly into her lunch bag. I love that it's washable and reusable. A great purchase!!!"—Katherine

    Get it from Tarrah At Home on Etsy for $9.97+ (available in three sizes).

    11. An apple corer and cutter that'll pop out 16 snackable slices with just a push of a button and spare your tired hands. Easy peasy apple squeezy!

    An apple being sliced into 16 even slices with the cutter
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    Promising review: "Good for anyone who cares for children! I love this thing! Makes preparing lunches and snacks so much faster! It was hard to find this size, but my kids prefer the smaller apple slices and this works great. Just center over the apple and push down, when it gets close to the bottom flip the gray part under it, set it on the counter and push down. Perfect apple slices pop out easily! " —mom of 3 busy kids

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A reusable, eco-friendly sandwich wrap made with sustainably sourced beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin that'll put those plastic wraps or plastic baggies to shame, and still keep your PB&J from going stale. (Simply use the heat of your hands to wrap and seal!)

    amazon.com, Harper Hendrickson / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Purchased for my kids for their lunches at school, to replace aluminum foil and plastic bags. Has been a great transition. We are doing our part, and the product holds up great! Looking forward to purchasing more for home use as well." —joe stokes

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    13. A leakproof bento box with five compartments so you can finally pack the nutritious, perfectly portioned lunches you've seen all over Instagram.

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    Promising review: "I bought three of these so that I could easily pack my kids’ school lunches and WOW, I love them so much! The serving sizes are perfect, they are relatively easy to clean (the removable tray is dishwasher safe for the top rack), and I swear my kids are eating more well-balanced meals just because of the fun presentation. If you need an extra compartment, just put in a cupcake liner and make your own (see photo). I also love that I am no longer washing multiple little Tupperware containers nor am I going through boxes of small sandwich bags. These are environmentally friendly, super cute, and so functional! I LOVE them!"—Kayla

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    14. A ravioli maker to make meal prep a fun bonding activity with your mini sous chef. Bonus: Let 'em get creative with the fillings for a lunch they'll *actually* want to eat.

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    Promising review: "My son and I used this ravioli maker and it was super easy. When you roll out the dough on the plastic piece, it helps to sprinkle a bit of flour, to peel it easily. The same applies to the piece of metal. We are already planning the next lunch with ravioli!" —Carmen Teresa Senior

    Get it from Amazon for $19.59.

    15. An ~egg-ceptional~ rapid egg cooker to take the guesswork — and the dirty pans — out of your morning routine. So whether your teen wants a grab-and-run egg salad sandwich or deviled eggs, you can set it and forget it...until the timer goes off.

    Reviewer's photo of three hard-boiled eggs with seasoning
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    Promising review: "I use this to quickly and perfectly boil eggs for my picky nine-year-old son that takes one in his school lunch every day. I haven’t used its other features, but if they work as well as this one, I’d have to say it is a pretty great product. The color is great too!" —Kimberlyn Glynn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in six colors).

    16. A set of reusable cloth napkins made with super soft cotton flannel designed to be gentle on your kids' faces and kind to our planet 🌍. Not to mention the prints will fill lunch time with *cuteness overload.*

    The reusable cloth napkins in a variety of prints and colors
    Mamamade / Etsy

    Mamamade is a small biz based in Castle Rock, Colorado, founded by a mama who is raising three boys while running her Etsy shop that specializes in eco-friendly goods for the home and family.

    Promising review: "Exactly what I was looking for! Perfect size, fun prints and effective (absorbent) for my daughters' lunches at school. Great customer service as well. <3"—Lori Bean

    Get a set of six from Mamamade on Etsy for $9.49.

    17. A cute heart-shaped mini waffle maker for when you want to show your munchkin how much you love them. Pssst...slather some peanut butter and jelly between two waffles for an extra special lunchwich.

    The pink waffle maker
    Amazon

    This little gadget weighs less than a pound, heats up quickly and also comes in handy for making hash browns, paninis and biscuits!

    Promising review: "I bought this about a year and a half ago and completely forgot about it in the back of my pantry. Well, since we're all in quarantine, I've been doing some cleaning and I stumbled across my little waffle iron. I decided to finally give it a try and made a half dozen waffles, and I have to say, this thing worked great and cleaning wasn't difficult at all! Obvious tip: use the slightest bit of cooking oil spray (PAM) and the waffles come out perfect every time!" —Tom M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five styles).

    18. A sandwich cutter set to help transform boring ol' sandwiches (and ew, that green stuff!) into fun shapes like a dino or Mickey to entice even the pickiest of eaters.

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    Promising review: "I saw these used in a post on a toddler meals group I'm on and came here to search for the best set at the most reasonable price and settled on this set here. I'm so happy with this purchase!! I keep them handy and whenever I'm preparing my son's lunch I just grab for one of the shapes and VOILA! The meal is 10x more fun! It brings a smile to his face EVERY SINGLE TIME. They are much easier to clean than I anticipated so that is a double bonus. The metal part pops out of the plastic holder to make it even easier to clean. Love this set!!"—Hello Jojo

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A two-in-one personalized backpack and lunchbox set they'll proudly show off on their first day back to daycare or kindergarten.

    Souther Peach Co / Etsy

    Southern Peach Co is a small mom-owned biz based in Weatherford, Texas that specializes in personalized gifts and keepsakes.

    You can add initials or a name to the bag. Use the pictured charts to choose the thread color and font style you like and simply add your notes in the personalization box when you place the order.

    Promising review: "10 Stars!!! This is just adorable! ❤️❤️❤️" —Patricia

    Get it from Southern Peach Co on Etsy for $26.95+ (available in 18 patterns).

    20. A spiralizer to effortlessly cut zucchini into noodles and sweet potato into curls in minutes — to win over your veggie-hating children. No more meals that come back untouched!

    The spiralizer with 7-blade slicers is capable of cutting a variety of vegetables
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great way to make my kids eat their veggies! we have fun making the spirals and the kids absolutely love it. They ask me to pack 'twirls' for lunch."—Mother of Dragon Breath

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    21. And if cooking is a *struggle*, Yumble, which can deliver weekly ready-to-eat kids' meals made with regionally-sourced fruits and veggies ~directly to your door.~

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    Yumble offers dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, gluten-free and vegetarian meal options as well.

    Promising review: "My son absolutely has loved all the meals and I feel good knowing he is not eating frozen food!! It's so great for a working busy mom of two with a new baby! Thank you!"—Lexi

    Get six meals per week from Yumble starting at $47.94 or get a pack of eight meals from Amazon for $49.95.

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