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You all know by now I am a planner. I plan things way in advanced so it is out of my head. When Aria starts school I wanted to have an easy way of packing lunches. A system that will allow Aria to have a hand in packing her own lunches. I think kids eat better when they get to choose what they add to their lunches. Of course you can control the things they get to choose from.
We often pack lunches now for Aria to go to the sitters house. This station works perfect for now and perfect for when she goes to school.
When putting together lunches I want to give Aria options that are yummy and easy to pack. RITZ filled crackers are the perfect addition to any packed lunch. They are delicious and satisfy hungry bellies. Aria love the RITZ filled sandwiches with peanut butter. These snacks are our go to when we have to pack a lunch for the pool, splash pad, or hike. I am all about making things easy, and RITZ filled sandwiches are easy and yummy.
I know it can be hard to know what to pack for lunches, or what to have your kids pack for lunches. So I created an easy printable list to aid in this issue.
Now that you have a cheat sheet sometime it helps to see things in action. So I have a few ideas laid out for you so you can see what a full lunch looks like based on my system.
Lunch Packing Station
Now that we know how to pack and what to pack let’s figure out how to set up a station for easy packing. It is ideal to have things prepped for a week. It will help on time and freshness of the food.
I took my packing cheat sheet shopping and grabbed items from every category. You can use storage containers, or sandwich bags whatever suits your needs.
I grabbed some storage totes from my Kroger store to label and store everything in. This will help contain the lunch items. One is set up for the fruits, Vegatables and cheese and another for things like sandwiches and tortilla wraps.
I will pre-make the sandwiches so they are ready to grab and go. I do a variety of almond butter and jam, turkey, and cheese sandwiches. I will also store left overs in case she would prefer last nights dinner to a sandwich.
The other totes are in the pantry. I keep the RITZ filled sandwiches, bread, and pretzels. These totes are all at Aria’s level so she can help pack. They are labeled as such for easy access.
Now that their lunches are packed it is always fun to slip in a little note. I loved getting notes in my lunches as a kid. It helps your kids have a little piece of home with them as they are at school, daycare, field trips etc. These little notes also help aid in a bad day. Cheesey jokes to put a smile on their face.
I would love to hear how you like to make lunch packing easier for your families? What are you favorite snacks to have on hand and how do you make packing quick and easy?