2014 Lunch Box Gear Review


At the start of each school year I am a woman on a mission. I am bound and determined to seek, find and possess the ultimate lunch box system.

Both of my kids go to school packing lunch and a snack. As with any task, I’ve found it can be a dreaded chore if I’m not organized and don’t have the right tools.

This month some dynamite companies banded to together for Rock the Lunch Box. Head on over there for some great “food-to-pack” ideas after, that is, you watch this video my boys helped put together on the topic of WHAT we pack our food IN. Do you have a tried and true system? Please share in a comment below!

Take it away boys!

Where to Get the Gear We Reviewed in the Video

Sistema Klip It Lunch Cube Container

  • Made in New Zealand
  • BPA-free Virgin Polypropylene
  • Dimensions: 3.90″ h x 5.50″ w x 5.50″ l
  • Dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe
  • Airtight

Easy Lunch Boxes

  • Made from BPA-free food-safe polypropylene
  • Safe for refrigerator, freezer, microwave, & dishwasher
  • Needs a rubber band to ensure lid is super secure
  • Click here for all the specs

Thermos FOOGO Stainless Steel Food Jar

  • Dimensions: 7.60″ h x 3.50″ w x 5.30″ and holds 10 ounces of food.
  • Double wall vacuum insulated food jar keeps contents cold and fresh for seven hours; warm for five hours
  • Wide opening for easy cleaning
  • Made from BPA-free materials
  • Ergonomically designed lid with rubber grip, non-slip, scratch resistant base; cool to the touch with warm foods, sweat-proof with cold
  • Light, compact and portable

BlueAvocado Re-Zip Seal Reusable Bags

  • Leak-proof, double-lock closure seals in freshness and perfect for snacks, sandwiches, travel, home organization and more
  • Pack of 5 reusable zip seal bags (3 lunch size, 2 snack size)-the perfect solution for plastic baggie waste
  • Freezer safe and hand washable
  • Made of FDA-grade PEVA material (which is also PVC, BPA and lead free)
  • Lunch bag is 8.5″ x 7.25″ and snack bag is 8.5″ x 4.75″
  • Seals are a bit challenging for little hands

Oggi Steel Pinch Bowls

  • Great for small servings of dried fruit and nuts and I use for sauces.
  • Made of stainless steel.
  • Includes airtight lids, thicker dressings & ketchup have not leaked in my observation
  • Each bowl is 3-inch in diameter

Kids Konserve Stainless-Steel Food Containers
Correction in video. Lids are BPA-free plastic, not silicon.

  • Dimensions: 2.00″ h x 4.00″ w x .1″ l
  • Food-grade stainless-steel containers
  • Each container measures 4” w x 2” d
  • Leak-proof, BPA-free, recyclable plastic lids
  • Lids are easy enough for most little hands

Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set

  • Reusable
  • Fill seal freeze and enjoy
  • Create treats using juices, purees, yogurt, soda, ice cream, pudding, applesauce, gelatin, fruit, berries, candies, chocolate, carmel, whipped cream and sprinkles!
  • Made of flexible silicone
  • BPA free

Zipzicle Zip-Top Ice-Pop Pouch

  • Durable freezer grade material to prevent tears or bites
  • No sticks or small parts and BPA-free
  • I wash and re-use, but these are meant to be disposable/recycled


LifeFactory Glass Water Bottle with Flip Cap

  • Variety of sizes and models
  • We are still testing this flip cap model, but so far so good
  • Great choice if glass is a must of you and your kiddo (personally I don’t like plastic and steel water bottles)
  • Wide mouth for ice & easy cleaning
  • Silicone sleeve provides protection & a non-slip grip
  • Easy carry handle folds down & out of the way when not in use
  • Not completely break-proof
  • If bottle will get jostled around, consider the standard unscrew and sip top

Contigo Jackson Water Bottle

  • Wide mouth for ice & easy cleaning
  • Split-body design for ease of cleaning
  • Leak proof; lid prevents spills and leaks between uses and on-the-go
  • Convenient carrying loop
  • One-handed drinking
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe

Laptop Lunches Bento-Ware

  • Tray-like feel makes lunch fun and accommodates a variety of food sizes
  • 3 sealable lids prevent wet foods from leaking onto other foods
  • Containers (not lids) are microwave safe and dishwasher safe (top rack only – no heat boosters)
  • Convenient size fits in backpacks and most lunchboxes
  • Made in the USA
  • No lead, BPA, phthalates or PVC
  • Not easy for little hands/fine motor challenges

Sugarbooger Zippee! Lunch Tote

  • Fits Laptop Lunch Box, Klip It and Easy Lunch Boxes
  • Dimensions: 7.50″ h x 4.50″ w x 10.00″
  • Durable cotton canvas with stain resistant waterproof coating
  • Main compartment zips completely open for easy packing
  • Insulated, wipe clean exterior
  • Exterior mesh pocket for additional snacks or smaller items
  • Machine wash using delicate cycle

Crocodile Creek Pocket Lunch Box

  • These sturdy, high-quality lunch boxes keep food fresh and prevent crushing. Great for school or travel.
  • Simply wipe with a damp cloth after each use for easy cleaning
  • Dimensions: 7.5″x 9.5″
  • PVC free, phthalate free, BPA free and vinyl free

PlanetBox “Launch” Lunchbox

  • Largest of the PlanetBox line-up. Here is the smaller Rover and snack-size Shuttle.
  • Plastic-free makes up for weight—I figure it will build my kids’ dead-lift muscles!
  • Cannot add much bulk or flap will not close
  • Optional fun magnets for customization
  • Holds 6.5 cups of food
  • Lid for the leak-proof Satellite Dish is cumbersome to put on
  • Tall Dipper has a silicone insert that will surely find its way to the dark abyss of the bottom of the dishwasher—it’s just a matter of time
  • Can use the PlanetBox ColdKit or any flat ice pack

Kids Konserve Squiggle Sweat-Free Ice Pack

  • Ours is 3 years old and looks like new!
  • Dimensions: 5.00″ h x .75″ w x 7.00″ l
  • Non-toxic and easily slips into the reusable Squiggle cover made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Free from BPA, lead, and phthalate
  • Made to fit with Kids Konserve waste-free lunch kits and can also be used with any existing portable meal sack

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