So, if you’ve read this far, you probably have realized by now that I choose my lunchboxes according to the type of container that I’m using. The container is the most crucial part of your system, and it’s important that it be upright and stable at all times within your lunchbox. For these reasons, over the last four or five years, I’ve exclusively used EasyLunchboxes and PlanetBox lunchboxes.

That being said, if you’re not going with a pre-designed system, size, shape, and ability to insulate are the most important factors for your lunchbox.

Now, I tried the typical fabric lunchboxes with the popular character prints many (many!) times, and was seriously underwhelmed for the following reasons:

  1. We never had one that lasted the entire school year with an intact zipper.Granted, that may just be due to the fact that my children could be little jerks who delight in breaking school supplies. Still, something to consider if you suspect you, too, may be housing and feeding little jerks.
  2. The insulation on every one of these lunchboxes we ever bought was pitiful. Really. Like, “just double-brown-bag me, and I’ll probably be safer” pitiful.
  3. The size of the lunchboxes frequently did not fit the presentation or types of meals I was going for. Dude. I don’t care what anybody says, you really need your lunch to fit INSIDE your lunchbox. Or you need to wear more clothes with pockets.
  4. They were more expensive than any fragile, zipper-losing, poorly-insulated, oddly-sized bag should be.Unless you’re into that kind of thing … I’m not judging. But seriously. When you have a great option for $7.95 that keeps all your food well-contained and stable (no matter how much a little arm swings back and forth, food in the EasyLunchboxes never has the chance to rattle around in the bag, for example), it’s a hard sell to spend $30-40 on a bag that may or may not be compatible with your system.