One challenge we have been facing for the last couple of years is my son's lunch boxes disappear from camp. I don't know if it's because they look similar or identical to so many other kids' or not, but I suspect that is the reason, so I've taken steps to remedy the problem via Viv & Lou. These lunch boxes are gorgeous, functional, roomy and most of all, they do not look like the everyday lunch bags and boxes that you pick up at the grocery and/or retail store.
The blue striped lunchbox is for my son, it is called the Greyson, and the floral one, called Amelia is for me. The pocket comes in handy too, and is where we can slide our phones. It's also a good spot to put eating utensils, napkins, etc. The pocket on the striped cover is exposed, the one on the flower-print has a velcro-closing flap that covers it entirely.
The photo above is just to show you how the flap covers the exterior pocket on the Amelia bag. Both lunchboxes have a full zipper closure.
You can get it personalized on the Viv & Lou website or you can slip your name into the name tag holder on the inside of the lunchbox. The interior is an easy-to-clean insulated PEVA lining.
The lunchboxes hold a nice-sized lunch in them. I put my snacks in a separate box, a nice fat apple and some cashews. In the paper bag I have a kale salad and a sandwich. I've also included a drink. The bag is insulated to help keep the right temperatures on my items, but as an added measure I put my salad and drink in the refrigerator at work when I get there. My son cannot do that in camp, so I make sure to put items in his lunchbox that won't spoil, or I add a resusable freeze pack.
When the bag is full you can see how expanded it looks, much larger than the empty version, which makes it super easy to store when you're not using it.
The bags have tight stitching all the way around, and sturdy handles for easy carrying.
I can see these lunch boxes lasting a good long time, and I am absolutely smitten. My favorite thing about them though, is that no one is going to mix their lunchbox up with my son's now. His Viv & Lou is unique enough that it is going to be recognized, and not accidentally picked up and taken home by a student who thinks it's his (or hers). How might that even happen, you might wonder? Well, the camp thinks it's a great idea to have all lunches put on a cart when students arrive. At the end of the day, they are supposed to grab their empty lunch bags before they go home. Think about it...kids are in a hurry at the end of the day. They're hot and tired from playing all day, and ready to get in the car to go home. That means they are not likely to slow down and take special care to ensure the bag that looks exactly like theirs, really is theirs. They're just going to pick it up and go. The thing that baffles me though, is they never bring the wrong one back. 😵 I honestly cannot count the number of lunchboxes and water bottles we've lost at camp this year and last. Let's see if this solves the problem. I highly suspect that it will.