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Packed lunch ideas (and why I’m in love with Planetboxes)



I used to HATE packing lunches, but that has all changed. I really should get a job as a spokesperson for these Planetboxes, because they’ve changed my life (or at least the time I spend packing lunches in the morning). I think the biggest pre-Planetbox frustration was digging through our cabinet of jumbled plastic containers and never finding the right size or the matching lid. Plus, I was using hundreds of plastic baggies and spending plenty of money on single serve applesauce pouches, cheese crackers, etc.

Now, I open up these stainless steel Planetboxes, fill up the compartments, and pop them into their adorable containers with an ice pack. The kids seem to like them too, because the lunch boxes usually come home empty or nearly empty. I imagine they keep the food in better shape since everything isn’t getting smooshed. Then I pop off the magnets that go on the outside of the box, and put them in the dishwasher. Easy peasy.

You can buy them directly from PlanetBox, on Amazon or from Pottery Barn Kids. I bought mine from PBK because I liked the designs a lot better. I had been admiring these for years, but went ahead and bought them when they went on sale (which they still are — so I recommend getting them now before the sale ends!). For me, these are well worth the price (and I’ll probably end up saving as much since I no longer buy the single serve lunch items, and won’t be tearing through boxes of Ziplocks on a regular basis.) I am packing healthier lunches now too, and even better — the kids are eating them!

I added photos and descriptions of many packed Planetbox lunches on my Facebook page. (Yes, my kids think I am crazy for taking a photo of their lunch every day.) Check it out, and I invite you to share your packed lunch photos too!

Here’s what the Planetboxes look like on the outside:

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Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Food & Drink


  1. Mom on June 19th, 2013 at 10:27 am:

    Yummm! I can see how wonderful these lunches must look and taste to the kids every day! Such a great Fun Find on so many levels!

  2. Asianmommy on June 24th, 2013 at 3:41 pm:

    So cute!

  3. Shelly on July 6th, 2013 at 12:56 pm:

    Oh! I was so excited about these planet boxes. Until I saw the price. Yikes! $70.00. If I got those for my kids,they would probably lose them. Lol!! Great idea though! If you ever see them for less, please let us know!!

  4. Douglas Wallace on July 6th, 2013 at 6:14 pm:

    Great article!!! inspires me to write one for my health blog, It all about making healthing eating as appealing and fun and unhealthy eating…..but obviously you know that :)

  5. Elaina on July 7th, 2013 at 8:09 am:

    Shelly – yes, I paid way more than I ever thought I’d pay for a lunchbox, but I think it’s the last lunchbox I’ll ever buy! (They’re $60 on Amazon, and hopefully there will be a back to school sale soon.) I’ll let everyone know if I find them at a lower price!

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  7. shawnte on July 15th, 2013 at 8:36 am:

    Does the liquid from say the oranges drip into other compartments?

  8. sarra on July 21st, 2013 at 12:25 pm:

    Love this idea and pictures with ideas! Thank you so much for taking the time! What are the “wrap”-looking things?!? Are they tortillas? I just love the idea of these lunch boxes. I’m assuming the items do not drip and leak when turned sideways into the bags?

  9. Elaina on July 23rd, 2013 at 9:30 am:

    Thanks Sarra! They’re actually blintzes. Mintz’s Blintzes, to be more precise. These particular blintzes are rolled crepes filled with sweetened tofu that tastes like sweet cream cheese. I buy them in the frozen section at Sprouts. If you want more detail, I’ve written up a description for each lunch photo on my Facebook page right here: (You’re not the first person to ask about those wrapped “thingies”!)

    Yes, as far as I can tell the food seems to stay in the compartments without leaking out, so the carrier bags stay clean. I have seen a little yogurt inside the case but I think that’s because my kids are messy eaters.

  10. Momtoboys on July 25th, 2013 at 4:33 am:

    OMG this is not only great for the kid’s, I can pack a few for myself. Love it!

  11. Michele on August 14th, 2013 at 10:37 pm:

    Can you place a runny dip, like pizza sauce, in one of the sections and not have it run into the other sections when the box is held up on its side? Or is this only good for items that are not runny?

    $70 is just too much, especially if the sections can’t contain runs (like watermelon and cantelope juice).

  12. Elaina on August 15th, 2013 at 11:04 am:

    I put runny items like yogurt and applesauce in the round containers with lids that come with the PlanetBox. These get closed into the box tightly and do not leak. I would only put sauces into these round “dipper” containers and not straight into the compartments. I haven’t had issues with fruit leaking into other sections (although I don’t pack particularly juicy/runny fruits). Hope this helps!

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  14. Linda on April 21st, 2015 at 8:36 am:

    Where did you get the customized case for the lunch box?

  15. Elaina on July 31st, 2015 at 5:01 pm:

    I got mine at Pottery Barn Kids, but they no longer carry them.

  16. Molly on August 11th, 2016 at 4:37 pm:

    Ahhhh!!! I keep running across your top picture on Pinterest, and have decided that I NEED THAT FOOD CONTAINER. For weeks I’ve been clicking on it and clicking around, trying to find where it came from. I finally found a link that works!!! So excited.

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