We generally try to stay away from pre-packaged foods and opt for homemade and fresh foods instead. Packing a lunch for Sashimi used to entail looking through the cupboard for containers and their matching lids, put all the food in appropriately sized containers, then trying all sorts of configurations to get the damn things to fit in his lunchkit, then realizing that one container just won’t fit and resorting to unpacking his lunch, changing containers and trying the whole process over again.
Now, I have a PlanetBox.
Each side compartment holds 3/4 cup, making it the perfect size for fruit or veg. 1/2 cup is equal to one serving, so if you fill those, that’s three servings right there. The large compartment is for your main, which today for Sashimi is Dempsters Ancient Grains wraps filled with jam and pea butter (his school is nut-free), 10-grain mini muffin, a pepperoni stick and a few BBQ Crispers. The long compartment just above has a cheese string (the only kind of cheese he will eat) and another roll up. And in the tiny middle compartment, Skittles. That compartment is just the right size for a few chocolate chips or smarties. A small amount of sweets goes a long way for kids.
And then, when I close the lid, all the compartments stay separated: no mixing foods!
The box is made out of high grade stainless steel, and has specially shaped magnets that stick to the outside. They have about a dozen different designs. I bought 2 different sets (I think one was included with his box, and the other cost $2) so Sashimi can choose which ones to use. His only complaint was that they did not have dinosaur magnets.
Then, when he is ready to take it to school, it goes in this insulated carrying case:
There are also a couple of round containers that fit inside the Box, if you want to take dip for your veggies, or a larger one if you wanted to take a yogurt parfait or pasta salad. Sacha likes neither of these, so the containers are not used much right now.
The whole ensemble set me back about $55. That being said, I never have to look for containers, never have to buy ziploc bags or saran wrap, it is easy for Sashimi to open and close (unlike when he would have to ask for help with various lids and baggies). I don’t have to worry about whether the plastic has BPA in it (no plastic = no worries) and I can get a clear visual every day that his lunch is well balanced and healthy.
And it comes home pretty much empty every night.