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The Only 5 Items You Need to Pack School Lunches

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What items do you actually need for packing school lunches? Not that many! I’m sharing the 5 best items for packing a waste-free lunch that’s super easy to pack.

If you’re looking for other school lunch info, be sure to check out my 100 school lunch box ideas and all of my lunch box recipes.

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The Only 5 Items You Need to Pack School Lunches

Bento Box

I love stainless steel lunchboxes as they hold up really well after daily use for years! They are definitely an upfront investment, but I think they are worth it.

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • I recommend two bento boxes per child
  • The Rover lunchbox lays out the lunch component framework for you!
  • Price: $42.99
  • Link to buy on amazon


Use this insulated thermos for hot or warm foods like leftovers, pasta, soups, or potstickers.

Lunchbots thermos

Dip Containers

Use these for dips, nuts, candy, etc.

Lunchbots dip containers

Silicone Muffin Liners

You’ll use these for separating items in the bento box and making egg cups and apple muffins!

Silicone muffin liners

Insulated Lunch Box

Let your kids pick their favorite design, these insulated lunch boxes come in a few and are the perfect shape for a bento box (versus some of the more vertical ones).

Insulated lunchbox for school lunches

Small Ice Packs

If you have a full freezer like me (ugh!), you’ll like the size of these ice packs.

Flexible ice packs for school lunch boxes

Fun Extras

You don’t need these, but they can help infuse a little fun into lunches.

Animal Food Picks

Picky eater? Child who doesn’t like the way some foods feel (slippery mango for example)? Try food picks!

  • Adds some fun to any meal
  • Can help promote trying new foods
  • Price: $9.99 for 66 pieces
  • Link to buy on amazon
Animal food picks

Sandwich + Veggie Shape Cutters

Want to make your own un-crustables? It’s easy with these sandwich shape cutters!

  • A fun way to switch up sandwiches and veggies
  • Can help promote trying new foods
  • Price: $19.65 for 20 pieces
  • Link to buy on amazon

School Lunch Box Ideas

I’m always coming up with new and fresh school lunch box ideas, here are a few to try first!

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