Back to School Lunchbox Ideas

Back to school, t-minus 14 days!  I’m pretty excited and Truett is pretty excited, how about y’all?  We’ve got our school supplies stocked up, clothing shopped for, and now it’s time to focus on lunchbox ideas.

Back to School lunchbox food ideas

Since Toby has turned into quite the health nut, he’ll be taking his school lunch more often this year.  And since Toby will be taking his lunch, Truett will want to follow big brother’s lead.  There are tons of ideas when it comes to lunchbox food and using the clever bento boxes just makes the whole process more fun.  Make sure to purchase a lunch bag that will fit the containers that you plan to use most often. We have one for me, Toby, and Truett. Toby is bigger than ours because he’s a growing 17 year old young man and he needs a little extra in his bag.


I love all the lunch containers they have out now, especially the collapsible containers.  They are quite large when fully expanded and hold a generous amount of food, perfect for the teenagers.  Cool Gear brand is around $9 bucks at Walmart, while Smart Planet has a $20-25 price point.  I love the other bento boxes from Rubbermaid because they have separate containers for the food, including an ice pack. These are great for little kids because the portion sizes are smaller and some kids can’t stand when food touches!

I highly recommend you plan our your lunchbox menu because it can really cut down on costs.  Instead of purchasing the premade bags of cookies or crackers, etc, try buying in bulk and using containers, ziploc baggies, and a vacuum sealer to divide food up and spread out through the week (or month).  My friend Jenn shared some frugal ideas on her blog.

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Here are a few of the lunchbox ideas that we came up with. Let me know what you think and what you use in your own lunchbox.  We did mini hotdogs, popcorn (instead of chips), and fruit for Truett.

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We did chicken sandwiches, making sure to keep the lettuce and tomato separate so that it didn’t get soggy.  We did some trailmix, fruit, and a mini moon pie for dessert.

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One of our favorite lunchbox ideas?  Ham Pinwheels!  We love them!  You simply mix up a 1lb tub of whipped cream cheese with a packet of ranch dip mix.  Spread over a large tortilla and roll up. Refrigerate to help set, slice and serve.

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I feel like we’ve come a long way with the containers accessible to us and even with our creativity as to what to put in them.  Consider trying new things like a pasta salad (we love Suddenly Salad) and encourage things like pretzel sticks & peanut butter instead of something sugary.  They’ll have so much fun dipping that they won’t even think about ‘dessert’.

May your kids have a fun, healthy school year!


Disclosure: I am an official Walmart Mom. Walmart has provided me with compensation and gift card in return for my time & efforts to create this post. Opinions are my own, always.

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  1. Chas says

    This is a great post…thank you for sharing!! My son uses the same camo lunchbox you show in the pic above..we got it from Wal-Mart.