Yesterday while school shopping, we wandered down the lunchbox aisle in search of a thermos for Abigail. I have to say, lunchboxes have come a long way in just a few years. If we didn't have the laptop lunchbox already, it would have been hard to choose from. But we did find a few things that will make lunch much better for Abigail this year.
The first being this Princess Thermos. It's the perfect size to hold soup for her for lunch. I am also thinking that things like spaghetti and beans and mac and cheese may work in this as well (and sloppy joe filling-her favorite!). The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to pack it- it doesn't actually fit in her laptop lunchbag, so I'm not sure what I'll do yet for that. Hopefully it seals well, because what I can see is it lying on it's side in the bottom of her backpack until lunchtime.
The second thing we found was these really cool little ice packs made by Munchkin. They are fairly small, yet seem completely sturdy. Unlike the flimsy standard ice packs we used last year, these look like they will last a very long time without developing a leak. We won't be able to use these all the time, as they are a little wider than what we actually needed, but when we do use them, I'm sure they will keep her lunch nice and cold for as long as I need it to.
And actually, as I am typing this out, I think I solved my problem with where to put the thermos. Obviously with a thermos full of soup or chili Abigail won't be needing a laptop full of additional lunch. So I think I will be picking up an insulated lunch bag that that thermos fits in, and then I can tuck in a small sandwich or a piece of fruit to go with her thermos of food. I think it will be exciting to Abigail to have more than one lunchbox option. And maybe, just maybe, I can keep the lunchline at bay this year.
Oh, and for anyone wondering, I picked up these things at Target yesterday- and they had plenty of options for both boys and girls. Zander wants to know when he gets a lunchbox and a Spiderman thermos.