Katrina Springer — Australia's most authoritative home and organisation expert— did months of research before deciding to highlight Seed & Sprout's Lunch Ware on her influential
"2018 GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE BEST SCHOOL LUNCH BOX FOR KIDS"
And it all started because of an out-pouring of emails she was getting from viewers asking what the hottest lunch boxes on the market were.
Here’s what her fans were saying:
“You know, we love all the tips you bring, but what's the best lunch box on the market currently...?
Could you help us in that arena?”
So Katrina got to work.
And months of research later, Katrina had a list of the best lunch boxes for all her fans.
And here’s how it starts:
When you are looking for a lunch box, choose wisely.
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.
Whilst keeping in mind the lunch box should be made of materials that won’t harm your child and is easy for you to clean.
Kats tips of 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 – I prefer one 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 I don’t have time to hand wash
Easy to store – not too bulky to store when not in use
Then Kat discovered a vital point.
"I personally prefer lunch boxes that seal tight and keep an unwrapped sandwich fresh, eliminating the use of plastic wrap saving extra dollars and the environment.
The ideal lunch box needs to be reusable, keep the food fresh and prevent it from being squashed.
A few kids, especially those that 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."
How big a lunch box do I buy?
Kat says this really depends on how much your child eats. She suggests getting a lunch box larger than you think you need.
Kat says "As your child grows they will be wanting to eat more.
I typically make sure the lunch box is big enough to fit a sandwich, fruit and snacks."
Is one lunch box enough?
This depends on a few factors. Consider:
Will the lunchbox fit both lunch and morning tea in the one box, if not you may need some snack boxes along with the lunch box.
How much your child likes to eat.
Kat says "I know my son eats more than my girls so I generally pack him an extra snack box.
If you need to do this, consider the lunch bag you choose ensuring it will fit 2 lunch boxes."
Do you want to prepare a few days worth of lunches in advance?
You may want to pack lunches and freeze them, there are some lunch boxes that are freezer friendly or pack them with non perishable snacks for the week.
We think Kat’s advice is really spot on here.
And I can’t believe we made the cut! Kat is the #1 listened to authority in this topic; her blog is the #1 search result on google for "best lunch box"!
What an honour! Thanks Kat!
I hope you liked her round up of the best lunch boxes of 2018 and have some great things to consider!
And remember, these are all just suggestions.
If there's something that works for you, and you like it, then keep on doing it!
Having fun and making eco choices easy is the whole point, right?