12 Simple Hacks to Make Packing School Lunches Easier

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12 Simple Hacks to Make Packing School Lunches Easier

Can you believe it is just a few short weeks until school holidays are over? It is a big year for me as my eldest starts her first year in Prep. Where has the time gone???

With two other kids needing my attention I know the rush to get out the door each morning will be challenging.

My mind has started to turn to getting everything organised for her big day and I know packing lunch boxes in the early hours of the morning is going to be a pain.

To help prepare for those back to school mornings, we’ve teamed up with Adventure Snacks to bring you some simple hacks to make packing school lunches easier.

1. Bulk is best

We love this fun Sinchies design.

Buy yoghurt in bulk as it is far more cost effective than individual tubs or pouches. You could even create your own flavours using different fruits and then use reusable food pouches to save money and reduce the amount of sugar that’s typically found in the yoghurts targeted towards kids. They are also great for nutrition-packed smoothies, and you can freeze them so the pouches will help keep other food cool too – a win win!

2. Allow kids to make their own

Image: Pinterest

For some reason, it is more likely that kids will eat it their lunch if they put it together themselves rather than it coming pre-prepared. Use silicone muffin cups or a large ice-cube tray to create smaller sections in a big lunchbox.

3. Bake ahead

My kids love helping to make these Choc-Beet Muffins from Adventure Snacks.

Bake healthy snacks ahead of time and store in the freezer so you always have something quick and easy to throw in the lunchbox.  Use healthier baking mixes to save time and effort.

4. Make food fun

How cute is this little guy?

Add some fun to your kid’s lunch box by having a variety of different shaped cutters on hand.

They can be used on sandwiches, toast, and fruit such as melons. They’re quick and easy to use and can be the difference between a sandwich getting eaten or not.

5. Keep an apple from browning

Photo: sofabfood.com

The second my kids see a hint of brown on their apples they are quickly discarded. I love this hack to slice an apple then put back together with a rubber band around it to stop it from browning.

6. Write them a Secret Message

Photo: Popsugar

Instead of writing a little love note – why not go fancier and write on their banana instead?

A special little biodegradable secret for them to find during lunchtime!

7. Invest in a good quality lunch box

Bento Boxes make great leakproof options

Your kids lunch box are going to take a battering over the school year so make sure you get a good quality leak-proof bento lunchbox.  Then it’s as easy as filling in the spaces.

Kids love them because they offer variety and mums love them as they don’t leak. Say hello to no mess and being able to pack yoghurt, dip and sauce without it spilling. It also keeps food separate so nothing goes soggy!

8. Snack Butterflies

Turn the peg creations into a craft activity

Kids will love having their lunch presented to them in a cute butterfly shape. Practice at home beforehand to make sure your Preppie can use the peg to open it.

9. Use an insulated lunch bag

Such gorgeous designs available with these practical insulated lunch bags

Keep containers, lunch boxes and ice packs altogether in an insulated lunch bag. Most classrooms don’t have fridges and it can get hot in Brisbane so adding an ice pack the food will stay fresher longer.  Get a lunch bag that can be washed in the washing machine, like these ones, to make for easy cleaning.

10. DIY Ice Pack


Make your own ice packs

Freeze a kitchen sponge that has been soaked in water. inside a ziplock bag. Voila you have your very own DIY ice pack.

You can usually get sponges in packs of three of five so you can have enough for each school day.

11. Make a snack station

Photo: Healthyway.com

If your kids are a little bit older then encourage them to pack their own lunches.

Designate a shelf in the pantry and fridge as the “lunch shelf” where your kids can choose what they would like to include in their lunches that day.

12. Make sure you take the lunchbox out on Friday

Keep those lunchboxes looking great by making sure they get found on Friday!

This one seems like a no brainer, right? WRONG! Parents are caught out with this all the time.

In the Friday afternoon rush, things can be forgotten. But it is so important never to forget this one!

Make sure that Bento Box is taken out and washed every Friday afternoon to avoid drama on Sunday night (or even worse – Monday morning).  Keep those lunchboxes looking great by making sure they get found on Friday!

Get a free baking mix of your choice with any purchase over $70

Click on the picture to go straight to the Adventure snacks website…

To redeem you MUST write the name of their preferred baking mix in the notes section at the checkout.  Valid until 21/01/2017, mixes subject to availability, and this offer is not valid with any other offers or promotions.


If you liked this – you might like our article – 9 Healthy Lunchbox Fillers You Won’t Believe You Lived Without! Check it out here…



Katie -


Katie is the Managing Director and Editor of Mums of Brisbane. Most days will find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, cuddling her kids and trying not to step barefoot on lego. Katie lives in Beautiful Brisbane with her husband and four gorgeous children.

1 comment

    • Bron
    • January 31, 2018

    Great tips! I’m always trying new ways to streamline lunch box packing!

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