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#1 Bluestocking

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

What sort of lunch box to you buy for your kids?

I used to get the insulated zip ones but got sick of trying to clean DD's out constantly, so I swapped to the hard old fashioned basic variety. I no longer bother with insulation, only send a freezer brick on the occasion there is something that needs to be cold. Looking at the basic sistema one this year.

Drink bottles?

I really want a drink bottle that does not require the child to touch the drinking spout to open/close it. Germy! I only bother with cheap ones because they can get a bit slimy quickly so I like to replace them often. Most preferred so far is the sistema kind where you twist the outside to open it. Only an issue when they forget to twist it fully closed and it leaks everywhere, so hopefully I can find an even better alternative.

#2 Emily of New Moon

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:17 AM

Love the yubo lunch boxes ... so easy to clean and comes with a thin ice brick that doesn't take up too much space or is too heavy.  It also comes with three containers (one sandwich size and two small).  The face plates can come off and you can buy different face plates for a change too.  Mumgo has them on special at the moment: https://www.mumgo.com.au/product.php?produc...p;event_id=8442

#3 MrsWidget

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:24 AM

QUOTE (duckypond @ 02/01/2013, 11:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love the yubo lunch boxes ... so easy to clean and comes with a thin ice brick that doesn't take up too much space or is too heavy.  It also comes with three containers (one sandwich size and two small).  The face plates can come off and you can buy different face plates for a change too.  Mumgo has them on special at the moment: https://www.mumgo.com.au/product.php?produc...p;event_id=8442

I bought one for DS1 but we find it opens too easily so often falls apart when he's carrying it. The idea if great but the execution not so much.

I just replaced it with the Goodbyn and so far so good.

Edited by MrsWidget, 02 January 2013 - 10:25 AM.

#4 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

Ugh, it's far too soon for me to contemplate back to school stuff.

#5 Emily of New Moon

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

QUOTE (MrsWidget @ 02/01/2013, 11:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought one for DS1 but we find it opens too easily so often falls apart when he's carrying it. The idea if great but the execution not so much.

I just replaced it with the Goodbyn and so far so good.

Well DD is too young to carry the lunch box so I carry it for her and so far no problems.  But perhaps it might be different if a little one carries it and flings it around too much original.gif

I'm loving the look of the goodbyn lunch boxes too!  Thanks for that original.gif

#6 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

I buy the insulated type ones, but have been thinking of getting a plain plastic one this time (one with an attached lid). it doesn't matter about the quality because my SS (aged 9) loses them within a few weeks, despite me writing his name on each edge in yellow fabric pen. I get one lunch box per semester. We never send him with containers because they always get lost. Once, a lunch box reappeared after being missing for about 6 months.

Those Yubo ones look nice, I might have to get one for when bub starts day care.

#7 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:47 AM

I bought DH and DD a stack of the nude food movers, as Kindy is going to be rubbish free.  I liked the look of those best out of the cheaper ranges, still have to see how they go.

#8 greatwon2

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

I just buy the sistema plastic lunch boxed sized containers and powerade bottles lol i spent many years buying all different types but found no matter the drink bottle they always leaked and with both, their cheap so when they start looking a bit dingy i just chuck the bottles out and put the lunchboxes into use for storage and re buy , tho the lunchboxes do outlast many other types ive tried aside from the good old fashioned decore ones , those things could survive a nuclear bomb original.gif

#9 Monket

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

Boxy lunch boxes and contigo stainless steel bottles for my son, thermos stainless steel drink bottle for my daughter.

Are the Goodbyn lunch boxes easy to open?  I have visions of my kids dropping all their food on the ground when they open them.  They do look fabulous though.

#10 JazzyWeasel

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

For the past 3yrs DD has used a Tupperware sandwich keeper and a Contigo water bottle (not SS) and put into a insulation bag. Her snacks for crunch and sip and recess are just placed int he bag too.

#11 Cherish

Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

I've bought 4 goodbyns. Am hoping they are half decent for this year.
I use the stainless steel cheeki drink bottles.
Why don't you just use a 'pump' water bottle for a couple of weeks instead if spending money on a drink bottle that you will just throw out?

#12 Indi

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

We're trying these this year - lunch box and bottle.  In the past we have used Smash insulated lunch boxes with Tupperware sandwich holders and small containers for fruit, yoghurt etc and separate drink bottles.  I never had a problem with water bottles going slimy - I wash them each night.  Same with lunch boxes, wipe out each night and they do in the washing machine if they are really sticky.

ETA - just looked at the Yubo ones, they seem quite small.  They might be OK for preschool but I would never fit in lunch, energy snack and play lunch in one.

Edited by Indi, 02 January 2013 - 02:30 PM.

#13 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

DS has an insulated bag, his sandwich goes in a plastic sandwich container (decor/smash) and snacks/recess in a ziplock bag. Water bottle, he's just got a new one, it's a Smash SS one and has a rubber flip top lid and quite a large drinking spout, he doesn't drink enough with one of the screw top bottles as it flows so slowly.

I wash the sandwich container and wipe out the lunch box, on the weekend I'll turn it inside out and wipe it thoroughly, then put it outside in the sun to dry.

Lunchboxes have lasted well throughout all last year, can't really comment on durability of water bottles as DS has never kept one long enough to wear out  sad.gif

#14 Isolabella

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

Tupperware sandwich keepers. Sistema drink bottles.

The Tupperware is lifetime warranty too.

Edited by lsolaBella, 02 January 2013 - 02:41 PM.

#15 songshirah

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

We usually get the Smash insulated lunch boxes with the drink bottle holder on the side.  Like this:

The ones with the silver lining insulate better than the white lining ones.

Inside I put the Klippo containers.  One sandwich sized, and assorted little containers for snacks.  

I like that the lids are attached so the kids don't lose them.

The smash lunch boxes usually last 2 years before the lining starts to give way.  The klipo boxes last up to a year if I fix up the hinge with duct tape half way through the year.  biggrin.gif

In terms of losing stuff, I trained the kids with one container at a time.  In the beginning it was only their crunch and sip container they needed to bring home, as they got reliable I added in the sandwich container etc.

#16 Heffalump

Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

We just use an insulated lunch box - Santa brings her two pretty ones in her stocking each year and they generally lasts the whole year without any problems.  Nude boxes for sandwiches, salads and snacks.  

Drink bottles are another matter altogether - we've gone from getting the nice stainless steel ones, to the $2-$3 plastic bottles as we're lucky to have a week where she doesn't lose one.  I stock up on the plastic ones anytime they are on sale.

Because we have two sets, the set used for the day gets washed and air dryed overnight, while the other set is packed with the next day's lunch.  We don't have problems with anything getting slimy, just lost, lol.

#17 Kay1

Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

I use a padded insulated bag and then put basic plastic lunch boxes inside with his various meals. The lunch bag stays clean and I just wash the boxes as we go. I can put in  freezer block if needed. Contigo drink bottles all the way here (we use the plastic ones).

#18 Senna

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:15 PM

I buy insulated lunch boxes, but have to hunt to get non PVC ones.  They come up well in the washing machine, but we have had problems with them going moldy in wet weather from the moisture from the icebricks I put in them.

I was going to try these this year:


For water bottles, I just buy the Cheeki stainless steel ones.

#19 Illiterati

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

So sick of mouldy and lost lunchboxes and drink bottles. So now its glad wrap, waxed paper or brown paper bags and drink from the bubbler for water.

#20 liveworkplay

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

We use tupperware sandwich keeprs and divided sismex containers for snacks in an isulated bag. I just buy two each when they are on special and then chuck one out half way through the year.

Drink bottles are the bane of my life! This year I am getting them an Contigo water bottle. I got an insulated stainless steel one last winter and they are fantastic!  I find the wide mouth, BPA free clear plastic bottles much easier to keep clean (with a bottle brush) then the cheap plastic (or even *cough* tupperware plastic 8cough*) ones.


Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

I like stainless steel bottles.

As far as lunch boxes go, I got Planet Boxes a year ago. Best thing ever.

#22 Propaganda

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

We just use plastic drink bottles with insulated outers, and an insulated lunch bag that has a hard plastic lunchbox to be fitted inside (to prevent squashing some foods).

I find that insulated lunchboxes are rather essential where we live.

#23 lylac

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:19 PM

My children use Sistema Maxi Fold Up Lunch Coolers, with decor containers.
The cooler bag liner is only attached by the upper edge which I find much easier to wipe out. There are less crevices to get gross. My daughter doesn't get hers very dirty, but my son is very messy.
I have been using the same bags about 18 months, and so far they have proven very durable.

#24 Tulipa

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

The contigo water bottles are best I've ever had. Never leak, large and not too fat for my small hands. Probably a bit big for small kids' hands though. One thing to consider is if your child's teacher lets them have drink bottle on their desk, the wetsuit material stops frozen drinks leaking everywhere. Otherwise, please send in a tea towel or similar!

#25 mama2carysbaileigh

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

We got the fridge to go ouch box last year from amazon they have been great, still like new, keep the food really cold.  They will last another year easy.  
I was looking at getting The contigo autoseal bottles for this year.

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