Having a few tried and true supplies on hand will make packing a healthy school lunch so much easier for you and your kids! Plus, get our FREE printable lunch packing guide!
Why should your kids pack their own lunches
As many of you know, my kids have been making their own lunches since first grade. I learned the lesson with my oldest son that they should refill their food as soon as he replaces a full lunch I made for him with one candy! (I think it was one candy corn!) Hahaha..at that moment I decided to let them decide what they would put in their lunches, with some guidelines so they could figure out what a balanced lunch looked like. When kids have more control over what they eat, they are more likely to eat it!
A balanced lunch should contain grains, protein, vegetables and fruits. I’ve created a chart that will help guide your kids in preparing a well-balanced lunch on their own!
School lunch packaging guide
Lunch making supplies
silicone muffin cups
insulated thermos jar
delicate ice packs
Disposable lunch packaging supplies
brown paper bags These are incredibly durable bags and come in a pack of 100 for under $10. If your child can’t bring a reusable lunch box to school, these bags are the way to go!
5.5 ounce disposable cups. These are great for packing fruit, sauces, yogurt, and just about anything that works well in a small bowl.
paper sandwich bags These bags are not only super cute, but perfect for packing sandwiches! They are recyclable, sealable, food safe and grease resistant.
Having the right supplies can really help make packing lunch so much easier! What are some of your favorite supplies?