Let’s start with this. I want to be Kristen at RATMV, mostly because she gets all this cool free stuff. I want free stuff. Of course to do that I’d need to post more than once a month on average.
Anyway, she recently did a post on gluten-free, dairy-free lunches for her child who needs that. I have no desire to make Selam GFDF, but I was interested in her lunchbox accoutrements mostly because I’m struggling with the summer lunchbox thing already. For both of her summer camps, she has to bring all of her stuff in her backpack–which includes lunch plus towel, swimsuit, goggles, flip-flops AND sunscreen, bug dope, raincoat, sweatshirt, water bottle and hat. She has an LL Bean Junior backpack, which is just perfect for her for school time–fits just right and holds what she needs (oh, yeah, and was 9.99 at the outlet) , but getting everything into her backpack for camp is proving to be really hard. I’ve noticed that most of the kids at the bus-stop have much bigger backpacks, but she’s only five. I can’t imagine that she would remain upright while carrying a bigger one. As it is, the small one makes her whine.
So, I’m trying to keep the lunch-bag as small as I can (oh and that’s the other thing–they aren’t allowed to bring lunch boxes–they have to bring gallon ziplocks because the lunches have to fit in a fridge and you can fit more in if they aren’t in lunch boxes.
I’m a big fan of lunchskins, but I’ve been using a plastic container to do her sandwich, just because it’s so scrunched in there. Anyone have other ideas for how to keep a lunch small–and preferably using reusables? What do you think of those flat water bottles?