How to Pack a Lunch Box

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How to Pack a Lunch BoxAre you looking for some lunch prep help for school and/or work?

Do you want some quick and easy ideas to get things organized?

In this post, you’ll find several tips to help make sure your lunch planning and packing goes off without a hitch.

Get the right containers for the job.

One of the perks of packing your own lunch is that you can use whatever containers you’d like to transport your midday meals.

Yes, you could use a store-bought insulated box or bag and matching containers, but why not get creative?

Any sturdily built food container will suffice.

You might have some food storage containers at home-made of cloth, hard plastic, soft plastic, or even metal, that you could repurpose and use.

In addition to your larger food container, you’ll need several items in which to properly store food.

Stock up or search your home for existing food-safe, reusable, stain-proof, spill-proof, hand and/or dishwasher safe, unbreakable containers, and supplies.

Here’s a few supply items to get you started:

  • Small to medium-sized containers for sandwiches, salads, and entrees
  • Small containers with lids for dressings and sauces
  • Reusable forks, spoons, and knives
  • Insulated containers for beverages, soups, or hot foodstuffs
  • Aluminum foil, plastic baggies, and paper bags
  • Napkins

Test pack your lunch box.

There’s nothing like sitting down to lunch only to find your sandwiches have shifted, your soup has splashed out and your salad has been shaken up more times than you prefer, wouldn’t you agree? That’s why it can be helpful to test pack your lunch box.

A quick test packing is all it takes to prevent some major mealtime headaches. Double-check containers to make sure lids can be secured, fill up beverage containers with water to make sure there is no leakage when turned sideways or upside down, and make sure containers fit and won’t shift in transit.

Plan out a lunch menu for the week.

So, what’s for lunch? Save yourself from last-minute lunch preparations and frazzled mornings by planning a lunch menu for the week.

Look for quick and easy meal and recipes online for inspiration. Don’t forget the old lunchtime standbys of sandwiches, salads, and soup. Dinner leftover from the night before also work remarkably well as lunchtime meals.

The next time you draw up your grocery list, make a section for lunchtime ingredients so you know exactly what to buy for your sandwiches and salads.

Make a lunch box cheat sheet.

Besides the obvious need for napkins, what other regular items will you need to pack with your lunch? Utensils? A favorite treat? A tasty and refreshing beverage?

Beef up your lunch menu with notes about what you’ll need to pack for that day’s lunch. Your cheat sheet might include a dressing for a salad, a spoon for soup, a straw for soda, and so forth. Trust me, this makes packing up your lunch oh, so easy!

Pack lunch the night before.

Packing lunch the night before always seems to take a bit of the stress out of getting ready in the morning. Case in point, you can easily scoop dinner leftovers into lunch containers before you pack away the rest of the food, and do the dishes.

What’s more, the kitchen is mostly quiet right after dinner, as opposed to the morning, when people are getting ready for the day, and sitting down to breakfast. So, all you have to do in the morning is walk over to the fridge, pull out your lunch, pack it in your bag, and be on your way to work or school.

Now to you…Do you pack your lunch? What’s your favorite go-to lunch? What tips and tricks have you acquired over the years? Join the conversation and leave a comment below! 

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