Last month, I wrote an article for the Sunday Supper Movement about Winning the Lunchbox Wars. In the piece, I recounted a recent conversation with my husband and a lesson I had learned: the bag matters. It goes like this...
Last week my husband complained about the fabric bag I sent his lunch in. "Do you have another bag I can use?" he queried as I placed containers into a fabric bag adorned with little kid-faces and the words YUM YUM YUM.
What? You don’t like my bag?!
“I work with guys…” he trailed off.
Were you not listening when I explained to the boys that it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you like it?!?
"Okay, well, I don’t like it."
And that was the end of that. So, I let all three of my boys - my husband and our two boys - pick their lunchboxes. There are so many options these days. Some have gel to keep the lunches cold. Some have multiple compartments to keep food separated. This is an easy concession to make. If they feel they have had a part in choosing the bag, they are more apt to eat what’s packed inside.
While I didn't mention the brand by name, PackIt noticed I had included their bags in my article photographs and offered to send me new lunchbag. I was grateful, considering we had just done the lunchbag shuffle and I was left without one. Boo.
PackIt provided me the perfect solution. And they even offered me my choice of bag and color. I wrote: "I would LOVE the Freezable Carryall in Viva print. I think that's enough pink to keep all my boys at bay!"
What is it?
PackIt bags are lunchbags, more like soft-sided coolers, with gel-lined walls that you fold flat and freeze overnight. They are PVC-, BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free.
What I didn't love...
I always pack a 27-ounce stainless steel water bottle in my lunch and it's almost 11" tall with the sport-cap top. I think the tallest PackIt is 10", so I have to tilt the bottle a bit to get it to zip. This bag is only 8" tall. It's not a huge deal, but that's really my only complaint. Additionally, if I had my druthers, I wish there was a mesh pocket inside that would keep the water bottle upright.
What I love...
It's like a popsicle. I love putting it in the freezer the night before while it's soft, then pulling it out in the morning - chilled and hard - ready to pack. Since the bags fold flat, I can fit all four of our bags in the freezer without too much of a struggle. The fabric is durable. The inside of the bag wipes clean with a sponge. And, yes - this is pretty superficial - but I love the colors. The design is vibrant and fun. And there's enough pink in this one that none of my boys will grab it. So, it's mine, mine, mine.
*Disclosure: I received complimentary PackIt bags for the purpose of review. Comments are 100% accurate and 100% my own. I have received no additional compensation for this post. *
Thanks, PackIt, I love my new lunchbag!