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post #21 of 35
Has anyone tried this? http://www.reusablebags.com/store/bu...e-p-1194.html# It looks like it would be good and hold a pretty good amount of stuff.

I need to find a new drink bottle too. We have 12 ounce Klean Kanteen's if we need to use one of those, but I'd like to get one dedicated for lunch. Has anyone tried the Thermos Foogo? If so, what do you think? It would be used for chocolate soymilk, if that matters with cleaning. Siggs look good too, but reusable bags is out of the small ones.
post #22 of 35
We have the Fit N Fresh ones too and while I like the round ones, I can barely open the purple sandwich one myself. I'm at the point where I'm about to toss it or only use it for DH because I Just can't get it open anymore!

ZMom
post #23 of 35
I have bought these Sterilite containers:

http://www.sterilite.com/Category.ht...tCategory=163#
numbers 0321 and 0332 and a smaller one for ds's snack.

I can put a sandwich, a container of applesauce or small yogurt, a fruit, incl. banana, pile of carrots or whatever, and my dd can open it. She has very weak hands, and she is getting stronger, but can't open almost any of the containers I have. I bought cupcake papers of all different sizes to help divide the foods from each other, and I put a cloth napkin in the top and small fork/spoon in there too. The cloth napkin helps dry stuff not fall out.

These containers both fit inside a standard lunch bag with a velcro flap and I can put a drink container in there as well (disp. like juice box or non disp. like a small bottle). Occasionally I need to put a fruit separately in the bag, but we totally cut down on our bag usage the last 2 months of school with this system.

I got a Fit and Fresh but my kids can't open the containers. We also started sending snacks in plastic containers instead of bags.

This line would also be very good for someone with arthritis.

Oh,my kids are 8 and 9. 9 year old is a big eater.
post #24 of 35
I've found that with the Fit/Fresh smaller containers it helps to sort of squeeze the base while lifting the lid. But I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has had problems!

The bright side is we haven't had any leaks, even when dh put the soy sauce filled container in upside down.

In terms of volume, the fit/fresh lunch set (big box, 2 small boxes, ice pack) holds a lot.
post #25 of 35
i wish Built NY would make a lunch tote that would fit a laptop lunch AND a FUNtainer or Foogo. I emailed reusablebags.com and they wrote back, asking for measurements of the FUNtainer. I haven't heard back.

This is the next to last thing i need before school starts.

If i can't find anything, I'll just buy the laptop lunch with the black sleeve, and just have the drink separately.

Does anyone have a bag that works?
post #26 of 35
So here's what I've decided to do. My son really likes his LTLB. I'm also going to order the six pack lunch box from reusablebags.com. If he's taking hot food in his thermos, he'll take that one, otherwise the laptop lunch. He smartly told me that if I just cut the sandwich in half, I could stack it. I tried it and he was right.
post #27 of 35
I had no idea Built NY stuff was so $$$....I saw several different bags at TJ Maxx for $5!!! You guys should look there...
post #28 of 35
Can you use a cloth shopping bag or other canvas tote?
post #29 of 35
The gourmet getaway by built ny fits a laptop lunch and water bottle. My dd used this bag last year. I could fit a laptop lunch, thermos and a water bottle! It has a really easy to clean inner. Its not uber eco friendly but it was hard finding a bag that fit. This year I cut all but the bottom and top liner(insulation) out of my dds ll bean lunch bag and the laptop now fits! We didnt use it last year because the laptop didnt fit because of the insulation. So now her backpack matches her lunchbox and she can easily fit her laptop in there. She takes that alone with a klean kanteen in a built ny water tote with handle. She can keep her water on her desk and then hook her water on the fence at the playground.
post #30 of 35
My 6 yo uses the laptop and I just bought my 5 yo one too...it should be delivered in a few days. I really really like them and haven't had a problem with cracking or anything else. We did lose one of the large inner containers though. I plan on ordering another one since you can now buy lose pieces separately.
post #31 of 35
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Originally Posted by sidandspencersmom View Post
i wish Built NY would make a lunch tote that would fit a laptop lunch AND a FUNtainer or Foogo. I emailed reusablebags.com and they wrote back, asking for measurements of the FUNtainer. I haven't heard back.

This is the next to last thing i need before school starts.

If i can't find anything, I'll just buy the laptop lunch with the black sleeve, and just have the drink separately.

Does anyone have a bag that works?

Well because of the sizing issues I ended up going with the Fit N Fresh lunch thing instead of the laptop one, and we have the LL BEAN Flip-Top lunch box.

I put a Sigg in the top part, and the Fit N Fresh fits in the bottom. I don't think a Funtainer would fit in there with it, but I can't imagine my child needing a Funtainer full of hot food + the Fit N Fresh. I think on days I send something hot, I'll just put a piece of fruit in, a pouch of crackers or maybe just use one of my smaller SnapWare containers to go with the Funtainer.

It's all so ridiculously complicated isn't it? I spent over an hour on the phone with a friend, she wanted help finding lead free bpa free stuff. It was a nightmare.
post #32 of 35
anyone use Rubbermaid containers and want to comment on their ease of use with opening and closing...

http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid...at=HPCat100044

looking for something appropriate for a 6 year old everyday lunch and snack taker

and

something for the occasional lunch/snack taker 4 year old with dexterity/grip hand issues.
post #33 of 35
Both my kids have them. DS #1 likes his. I have never had problems fitting stuff in his box. If I have a sub type sandwich that won't fit in the containers., I just put it in the purple box without the inner containers. I also put pizza in this way.

DS #2 doesn't like his. He has some problems opening it so I don't send it anymore. I use it on occasion and I have never had a problem putting enough food in it; however, I take mainly leftovers which fit nicely in the containers.

Last year we used the LLBean critter lunch boxes with Sigg bottles. They worked find. I gave us enough room to add a banana or apple. DS#1 handle broke so I recently order DS #1 a laptop lunchbox with bottle. I hasn't arrived yet. After reading the comments about size, I am interested to see if it will work as well as the LL Bean.

All-in-all I really like them. They are easy to wash - I just put some water and soap in them and shake them up. If I packed anything greasy, I may have to use a paper towel to clean it. The inner containers fit in the top rack of my dishwasher or I just leave them in the purple container when I wash it.
post #34 of 35
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Originally Posted by californiajenn View Post
I got a couple stainless steel spice containers that fit in well.
http://www.amazon.com/Lipper-Stainle.../dp/B000F1QDWI
Found these little stainless steel spice jars at Kohl's yesterday. $2.38 each! In the kitchen gadget section. What a perfect size for snacks!
post #35 of 35
I don't own this, but thought it was pretty cute, and would hold a lot..

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-6-pc-Urara-R...6.c0.m14.l1318
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