Here I am two years later and still packing my children lunch every day. You know it is funny.....when I look back at how nervous I would get about packing lunches. Will they get bored of what I am packing? Will I come up with enough interesting ideas? Will they eat? I don't know about your kids but I honestly can pack the same two lunches for them every day and they will never be bored. Of course I know that NOW! I guess I impose my need for variety on them. In fact the more creative I get the more picky of an eater they become.
So lets see, when I started this experiment I had three lunch boxes.
I recently learned that the design has since been improved and the pockets on front are more accommodating. You can actually put a smaller type drink bottle in one pocket and maybe a small glass container in the other if you need to pack items that need microwave heating.
In fact this company now makes a larger type PlanetBox that holds a glass container with lid on the INSIDE! This way you can re-heat your lunch if you wish. My son really is not too fond of the bags that they sell with the bigger box but I suppose they at least solve the where do you put your OTHER items at issue. I will be ordering the larger unit in the very near future. Is it worth the pricey $70. I would say so, the insulated lunch bag really does a good job at insulating the contents. The bag held up over the two years of my literally scrubbing it with a brush on the inside with some stain treat. In the end the whole unit looks good as new and is every bit as functional and durable as the day we got it. I really do like the smaller sized kit because of how conveniently it fits INSIDE the backpack.
In fact it is now time for my daughter to own her own PlanetBox and Pottery Barn Kids sells a kit that matches the backpack she fell in love with (chocolate owl ~ odd for the "pinky girl"). You can see from this picture that the drink bottle does fit now in the front pocket and the case is a bit larger to hold you "other" snacks. The handle seems to have been improved too which is good.