Solo has finished two school years of preschool in which we have packed lunches, and even before that, we packed lunch for him at his daycare from the time he started eating solid food. While some of the items we use vary based on his age, here are five items that have made packing his preschool lunches easier.
A lunch container, obviously. I really love this Bentgo one, so much so that I just got another for Walter as he will start preschool in the fall. It doesn’t leak, is easy to wipe down each day, and I throw it in the dishwasher at the end of the week.
Extra trays and lids for the Bentgo lunch box. This way you can do some meal prep and store pre-made lunches in the fridge. Just pop off the lid and snap it into the case, and you’re ready to go for the day. The extra trays are nice even if you don’t do any prep so you can have a dirty tray in the dishwasher. I often use them to pack on the go dinners for the kids as well.
A water bottle. You can find kids sized ones, but honestly, I’ve been happier with the adult size ones, such as this one. I recommend the straw/spout type to make it easy for kids and minimize spills and loose parts to lose.
These lunch boxes are the perfect size for the Bentgo containers and make it easy to slip in a thin ice pack if needed.
And for babies, I’ve used the smaller sized Wean Green glass containers. Again, leak proof and easy to clean are key.
I’d love to recommend a reusable pouch for babies, but honestly, all the ones I’ve tried aren’t easy to clean unless you can rinse them right after using them, which isn’t the case if you send them in to daycare/preschool.
What items do you love for packing lunches for your kiddo?
Everyone has a bucket list. I like calling it a life list instead. I can’t even remember how young I was when I started my first one. It has certainly evolved over the years, and I’m trying to remember and include items that have been on my list before, but may not necessarily be included in a list I create today.
In no particular order:
Travel to the Maldives
Watch UVa Baseball in the College World Series in Omaha: Check! I went in 2014, with a 2 week old newborn.
Go on an African safari
Travel to the Galapagos: Check! I went in 2011.
Go skydiving: Nope! This is something I wanted to do since about fifth grade, and desire peaked when I was 18, but with each passing year (and honestly, with each kid!), this desire has subsided and the overall fear has increased.
Watch UVa Basketball in a Final Four: When this first got added to my bucket list, I had just started undergrad at UVa and it was almost a joke to think that this would ever happen, but now I am so so so hopeful this will happen in the next few years.
Learn to Scuba Dive: Check! I am a nitrox and advanced open water certified diver. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone diving, but I hope to get the chance to go again soon!
Learn to sew: This is a work in progress. My experience is still very basic.
See the Aurora Borealis in person
College Football sub-list. There is a list of schools/stadiums I want to go to and experience the game day culture there. It doesn’t necessarily have to be against UVa (but it would be great if it was).
USC in the Coliseum: Check! I watched UVa play there in an impromptu weekend trip in 2010.
Florida State: Check! I helped organized a student trip to Tallahasee in 2004.
Notre Dame: Hopefully 2019 when UVa plays there.
LSU at night
Ole Miss, but mainly for the tailgating in The Grove
Texas A&M, but really for a Midnight Yell, not a game.
Some other venues that often pop up on others’ lists that aren’t necessarily part of my list, but I’ve happened to do: Clemson, Hawaii (for the haka), Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Miami.
See a basketball game in Cameron Indoor
See a basketball game in Allen Field House
Go to an ACC Basketball Tournament: Check! I went in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018.