Gone are the days of hot and soggy sambos, and it’s all thanks to the ingenious redesign of the humble school lunch box into colourful insulated lunch bags for kids.
Designed to keep kids food fresh for hours, Insulated lunch bags are multilayered insulation bags with a cooling panel that keeps food fresh for hours without the need for refrigeration. Perfect for school lunches, family picnics, or road trips, an insulated lunch box makes all the difference when deciding what you can and can’t pack for lunch.
For added convenience, most come with handles or cross-body straps allowing kids to tote their lunch bags with confidence. Simply load with a smorgasbord of healthy snacks and the cool lunch bag will take care of the rest.
Tips for keeping insulated lunch bags clean
- Check to see if it’s machine washable (most are). Bonus!
- Keep cooling packs in a separate pocket or pouch (condensation forms)
- Hand wash with mild laundry detergent or washing liquid
- Dry bags in the sun (helps to kill bacteria and mould)
- Store bags open and unzipped
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OUR PICK OF THE CROP
7 insulated lunch bags for hungry kids
With so many kids’ lunch bags on the market in Australia, it’s hard to know where to start, so we asked the HUGE Mum’s Grapevine Facebook community which bags they love. In no particular order, these are the products they tried, tested and recommend.
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Penny Scallan Large Lunch Bags
BPA-free and water-resistant, Penny Scallan 100% cotton canvas lunch bags are designed to keep bento boxes insulated for hours. We love that there’s a dedicated pocket for water bottles and that the chunky zippers are toddler-friendly ($39.95).
Tinc Lunch Bags for Kids
Packed with features (not just their lunch), Tinc satchel-style lunch bags feature a top carry handle, adjustable shoulder strap and handy drink bottle pocket. We love the big pops of colour and cool designs that’ll get them excited about lunchtime ($30).
The Nappy Society Mini Society Lunch Bags
Made with thick, aluminium-lined walls for maximum insulation, The Nappy Society lunch bags have an inner mesh pocket and a side bottle holder. We love that little hands can manage the extra robust zippers and they are easy to clean with a quick wipe down ($35).
Fridge-To-Go Medium Lunch Bags
Chilling food for up to eight hours, Fridge-To-Go lunch bags have a unique design that not only keeps food cold, it actually chills it (hello sushi lunch). We love the option for personalisation and that they collapse flat for easy storage (from $42.95).
MontiiCo Insulated Lunch Bags
Machine washable, MontiiCo insulated lunch bags are made from durable fabrics and thick insulation to keep food cold for up to 8-10 hours. We love the handy zipped pocket for the gel ice pack so no condensation reaches the sambo’s ($39.95).
Kollab Lunch Box
Spacious, cute and quirky, Kollab lunchboxes feature a fully-insulated interior and oversized handles that are easy for kids to hold. We love that the water-resistant construction keeps lunches safe from spills during the day ($19.95).
Sachi Insulated Lunch Bag
With two zipped compartments, Sachi insulated lunch bags keep food hot and cold thanks to the thermal insulation. We love that handy carry handle and over the shoulder strap. Available in heaps of patterns ($24.95).
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