SO, these are my most favourite lunch packing supplies, certified awesome by yours truly:
Thermos brand FUNtainer Bottle - these DO NOT LEAK and they keep water cold for up to 12 hours. We've had one of ours about 5 years now and although the picture is wearing off a bit, the bottle itself is still working great. You can also order new straws from Thermos which is a great way to renew and refresh the bottle without throwing the whole thing out.
Thermos brand FUNtainer Food Jar - just as good as the drink bottles, this is my go to when sending hot stuff for the kids. They don't leak (as long as your kids put the lid back on!!) and they're the perfect size as they hold about a cup of food. I haven't had a complaint yet about cold food at lunch. Here's the trick to ensure kiddos food stays hot.
Rubbermaid Lunchblox - these are just the perfect sizes for entrees, snacks and sides AND they stack and click together which just makes me smile. This is mostly what I used for the first three years of packing lunches.
Yumbox leakproof bento - LOVE this one for "snacky" lunches. They have super cute little pictures of what food group goes in each compartment and they truly don't leak.
Easy Lunchboxes - I finally ordered a set of these this year and I'm only sorry that I didn't order them sooner. I like that the lunch container is just two pieces (with lid) and it's just simpler to load in the dishwasher every.single.day. These are not perfectly leak proof, so if you want to include something like dip or yogurt, you'll want to use a separate little container.
Two compartment snack container - I actually bought mine at Dollarama, but they are almost exactly like this Sistema container. I like it because again, less individual containers to deal with and it holds just enough for morning snack. N recently broke hers and our Dollarama isn't carrying them anymore! Time to get a new one.
I like to keep all our lunch pieces separate from our "family" plastic containers and I keep most of them in this little tub. This is super handy to bring out of the cupboard every morning and prevents me from having to dig through a cupboard for each individual piece. I keep the lunch napkins handy in here too.
Each day after school when the kids unpack their stuff, I rinse and refill the water bottles and pop them right in the fridge. Less clutter on my counter and one less thing to do in the morning. It also apparently helps prevent bacteria from growing between washes. They get a good bubble bath in the sink Friday afternoon and are dried out and ready for Monday morning.
Have you tried any of these great products with your kids? Have you found different options that you just love? Or maybe you're wading through miscellaneous plastic pieces every morning and you're ready for a change. Share your favourites or let me know if you want some help setting up a new system!