I put together a post a few years ago with some of my favorite school lunch supplies, but we’ve since discovered some new favorites I’d love to share. Don’t forget to check out our recent lunch box review post if you’re looking for more than just accessories!
My Favorite School Lunch Supplies (Updated for 2015!)
- Sandwich Cutters
My kids are probably technically too old for this, but they still LOVE their sandwiches cut in fun shapes. Here are two of our favorites below. And no fear about wasted crust because you can always throw it in a freezer bag for croutons, breadcrumbs or even stuffing on a rainy day!
- Mini Squeeze Bottles
I recently bought a set of these simply based on the fact that they are adorable! They are perfect for sauces or dressings without taking up much room in the lunch box.
- Fun Toothpicks!
It’s amazing how a tiny little inexpensive wooden stick can take your lunch from typical to super fun. My daughters especially like these unicorn and pinwheel food picks.
- Simple Water Bottle (without straw parts)
We love our Thermos bottles – don’t get me wrong – BUT sometimes I just get tired of dealing with all the parts and pieces in the dishwasher (4 per bottle). So it was breath of fresh air to try this 2-piece insulated “bottle rocket” from PlanetBox instead. More often than not we find ourselves grabbing this one first now.
- “Side Item” Container
When I pack soup or another hot lunch in a Thermos container I always send some side items to go with it. And my new favorite container for this purpose is this simple rectangular stainless steel box by U-Konserve with an adjustable divider to give me lots of flexibility (PS – if you want to try it out, they’ve offered 15% off of anything on their site with code 100DAYS15). And I still love my LunchBots “side item” containers, but sometimes what I’m packing doesn’t always fit nicely into the divided compartments.
- Mini Paper Loaf Pans
Once again I had to buy these simply because they were too cute and fun to pass up. Mini colorful 3″ loaf pans (in oven-safe paper) that will make all your old muffin and quick bread recipes seem new again. Now, how fun is that?
- Lunchbox Love Cards
Okay, this is nothing new but for 3 or 4 years now (and going strong!) my daughters still love the sweet and fun little cards from this sponsor of ours. I could never be as creative as they are with all the funny jokes and thought-provoking trivia, and I also love how a couple of cards in each pack have a blank side for me (or my husband!) to write something special of our own. Bonus: They’re sturdy enough to reuse a few times.
- Reusable Pouches by Squooshi These adorable and reusable food pouches are just the thing to send wholesome, yummy and, of course, squooshi foods. Think smoothies, applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal and even soups! Doesn’t matter how old or how young they are – these are adorable and very versatile. Want to try them out? Use code 100DRF and save 20% off of your order!
What are your most favorite lunch box accessories so far this year? Please share in the comments!