Do you remember your first back to school lunch box? Did you pick it out yourself or did your parents choose it for you? Was it decorated in your favorite colors or did it contain one of your favorite television or cartoon characters?
As a kindergartener in the early 1980s I chose a metal lunchbox depicting Strawberry Shortcake and her friends. I used that box to carry my lunch from my very first day of school straight through to fifth grade. When it finally began to rust I refused to throw it out, instead I covered the brown spots with white paint and used it to house my collection of My Little Ponies.
In my day all back to school lunch boxes looked the same: a square, metal container that included a large thermos and enough room for a sandwich and sides. Nowadays back to school lunch boxes come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Many can also be personalized with a monogram or child’s name.
Are you looking for a new lunch box or bag for one of your children? Here are a few fun, customizable options:
If you are looking for a durable lunch bag that is easier to tote than plastic or metal lunch boxes check out the Mackenzie Navy Solar System Lunch Bags from Pottery Barn Kids. The bags are weather-resistant and include an easy-to-clean molded interior as well as straps that attach to Mackenzie backpacks.
These bags come in a variety of sizes that will provide just the right amount of space depending on your child’s age and the amount of food he or she needs to carry. If you want to know exactly how much each bag can hold check out the Pottery Barn website for a list of items that can nest neatly inside.
If your child is not a fan of space travel have no fear, these bags are available in a wide variety of designs including dinosaurs, dragons, construction vehicles, elephants, snakes, butterflies, cats, pandas, rainbows and many more.
Personalized Paw Patrol Let’s Roll Lunch Tote
Does your elementary school aged child love Paw Patrol and beg you to turn on the television so he or she can watch it? If so you should check out this Personalized Paw Patrol Let’s Roll Lunch Tote from Walmart.
This tote features the pups, (Skye, Rocky, Rubble, Chase, Marshall, Zuma and Everest), all ready for a rescue at Adventure Bay. It contains a zipper closure, convenient handle for carrying and can be personalized with any name up to ten characters in length.
Is your child more interested in My Little Pony or Peppa the Pig? Those designs are also available as are similar bags featuring basic cupcake and sports images.
Zazzle’s YUBO Lunch Box This fun, custom printed back to school lunch box features a detachable handle for vertical or horizontal carrying. It comes in six fun colors with easy access front and back lids, which are all BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead-free, 100% recyclable and 100% dishwasher safe. You can provide your own designs on both the front and back of this box with interchangeable, water-proof faceplates or you can add your child’s name to one of the adorable designs provided by Zazzle.
To make sure everything tucks nicely inside purchase two medium, no-leak containers directly from Zazzle. These will hold bigger snack foods, leftovers or 1/2 a sandwich. They are also made of BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic.
The best thing about this product is the interchangeable faceplates. Maybe your child loves Nemo right now, but would prefer a simply polka-dot design next September. You don’t have to buy a brand new lunchbox every school year. Simply purchase additional faceplates that can be swapped in place of your existing ones.
Dreamy Day Personalized Lunch Box
Are you nostalgic for your own early school days? Do you want your kid to carry a lunch box similar to the one you used as a child? If so, look no further than the Dreamy Day Lunch Box from I See Me.
Personalize this metal lunch box with your child’s name and it will appear on the front, back and sides. The container is made of tin, is safe for storing food and contains absolutely no lead. Best of all there is a chalkboard inside the lid where you can write a personalized note to your child each morning! When your child outgrows this box use it to store toys and other treasures.
Back to school lunch boxes have come a long way since I was a child, but the excitement over choosing one hasn’t changed at all. Look for these products and other customizable options online.