How to Pack Lunches without Losing Your Mind

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Stonyfield and Justin’s. All opinions and experiences are mine.

It only takes 10 minutes. It’s not mentally taxing. I can do it and hold down a conversation.

But making lunches at night is one of the very worst things about the school year. I don’t know what about this chore makes it feel like such a, well, chore. It just is.

My son is going into third grade this fall, and my daughter into first, so I have some experience making school lunches. I still don’t like doing it, but I have come up with a few tips to make it more bearable.

Grab & Go

First, incorporate as many “grab & go” items as possible. The more things I can just toss in the lunch bag, the easier it will be and the faster this chore will be over. For example, Justin’s snack packs are a perfect grab & go option in a healthy lunchbox. My kids love the Chocolate Hazelnut Butter blend with Pretzels. I’ve had a few myself and they’re delicious.

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I’ll also store the YoKids Squeezers in the freezer, then throw those in. They’re healthy and fun to eat. By lunchtime, they’re completely thawed. Side note: how cute is my new Pack-It Freezable lunch bag??

Don’t forget fruit!

Have no-preparation fruit easily accessible. Apples, bananas, oranges, peaches, and other fruit that needs no prep is perfect to throw in the lunchbox.

Stay Organized

Keep all your lunch-packing supplies in one place. This is SUCH a time-saver, because it prevents having to rifle through multiple cabinets to find containers, water bottles, etc. I have a large basket in the kitchen where I just throw all the lunch box supplies. Then, when I need a container, or lunch box, or whatever, I know exactly where to look. My favorite container is this EcoLunchbox – we’ve had it three years and it is still going strong, even with daily use!


Need more ideas?

High Protein Lunchbox Recipes

Smoothie Recipes for Kids


How do you pack school lunches without losing your mind? Share your ideas in the comments!

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