August. The end of summer vacation is in sight. I go from feeling a little silly/premature about school-supply shopping to feeling a little panicked about school-supply shopping.
One thing we need this year is something to put sandwiches in. I had a HUGE stack of Crayola sandwich boxes I bought on clearance for a dollar each, and I am not even kidding when I say the children lost a DOZEN last year. So obviously re-training is step one, but in the meantime I need sandwich containers. Ideally they should be inexpensive ones, in case the re-training isn’t very successful. I’ve got a few sandwich boxes from the dollar section at Target, but the characters are too young for the two older boys: an 8th grade boy is not going to go to school with a Woody sandwich box.
If cost were not an issue, my favorites are the Crocodile Creek ones (photo from Amazon.com). I love the look of them, and I love the idea of getting one of each type, and I love that they have cool designs like dinosaurs and solar system. But I haven’t yet found them locally, and at Amazon they’re $7-10 each. I’d be mad if the kids lost them.
I like these Trudeau sandwiches boxes (photo from Amazon.com), but you can’t choose the color and the shipping is ridiculous (nearly $8). Plus, I have some Trudeau measuring cups, and I LOVE the way they look but their handles have been snapping off one by one, so perhaps the sandwich boxes would not be durable enough either.
I love this dinosaur one (photo from Amazon.com), and the price is right [edit: it's higher now, but was around $3 when I first checked], but I glanced at the reviews before adding it to my cart and they’re terrible: the box broke quickly and, more importantly, wasn’t the right size/shape for bread. Which is kind of essential.
I’d thought the Sistema sandwich boxes (photo from Amazon.com) would be especially perfect for the middle-school kids, but my mom and I saw some of the boxes at Home Goods and they were so difficult to open and close, we could barely do it. We’d thought they might loosen with repeated use, so we stood there going snap-snap-snap-snap-snap—but they continued to be very difficult.
At $16, this Koziol green apple sandwich box is out of the question. But isn’t it CUTE?
I find the idea of reusable sandwich bags very appealing (photo from Ever So Clever on Etsy), but I’m pre-overwhelmed at the idea of finding out which ones are good. Also, the price of most options puts them out of my range. And finally, the kids have heavy water bottles in their lunch boxes; I think those would squash a sandwich that wasn’t in a box.
What do you do for sandwich protection? Have you found an inexpensive-but-good option that wouldn’t embarrass a middle-schooler?