The pros and cons of the PackIt lunch bag
- Keeps food fresh and safe for up to 10 hours. It definitely lasts all the way until midday lunch when packed right before a child leaves for school.
- Food doesn’t get soggy.
- The variety of foods that can be sent increases because you don’t have to worry about anything like tuna or salad dressing going bad while it sits in a warm cubby or locker.
- The bags are durable. My boys took them to school all last year and they are still in great condition to take again this year.
- It’s great for other things besides school lunches. This summer, instead of taking the whole cooler to the pool, I could throw a few things in the PackIt to keep cold.
- Easy to clean with soap and water.
- They’re PVC-, BPA- and lead-free, and nontoxic, at least according to the manufacturer.
- It’s heavy. It weighs almost a pound and a half right out of the freezer without anything in it.
- If you want to send something to school that’s hot, like soup in a thermos, you need to remember to NOT put the PackIt in the freezer the night before.
- Once a full size reusable beverage bottle is in it, it’s difficult to fit a sandwich box, a snack and a fruit in the regular size PackIt. It’s great for small juice boxes or smaller beverages, but you need a smaller-sized reusable beverage bottle if you use reusables daily.
- It doesn’t magically make my kids like the foods I pack in it. (OK, to be fair, no lunchbox would do that.)
- Healthy lunch and snack ideas for the first week of school
- School lunches will be healthier. But will kids eat them?
- Are packed school lunches unsafe?
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