Backpacks & Lunchboxes

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Backpacks & Lunchboxes
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Tue, 07-24-2012 - 12:35pm

I'm in countdown mode to school starting obviously!  Both of my boys need a new backpack and Cooper needs a new lunchbox (I'm also looking for containers to put in the lunchbox so if you have any suggestions, I've love to hear those too!). Does anyone have a brand they love?  The last ones I purchased were from The Children's Place and they were great!  They held up really well and the boys used them for 4 years.  They really could use them again but they've both asked for something new. lol

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Re: Backpacks & Lunch Boxes
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 11:23am
Thanks for the recommendations, ladies! I'll check those out for sure. :smileyhappy:

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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 6:19pm

My kids each had a single LL Bean backpack from 1st thru 6th grade, then they got the larger size. My daughter will be a senior in high school; my son will be sophomore. Both of their backpacks are in great shape. They cost more than other backpacks, but they are worth it. DD says she'll probably bring hers to college with her.

Oh, and the monogramming is worth the extra few bucks. I can't tell you how many times I went to pick up my kids and saw a sea of identical backpacks!

As far as lunchboxes go, I don't have any durable ones to recommend. Every few years, when the inside liners get ripped, I go to Target or Costco and pick up a couple more, along with some freezer packs to keep the stuff cold. We did buy a set of those containers with the ice packs that snap inside the lids, but the ice packs are so thin they melt very quickly. Plus, it's another part to wash, since it comes into contact with the food. I just use Gladware and throw in a freezer pack, and neither kid has had food poisoning! The main thing is to wipe out your lunchbox every day with a Clorox wipe or wash it when there's a spill.

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Fri, 07-27-2012 - 12:41am

I used a "Jansport" backpack throughout college and it held up great!  However, my youngest son fell in love with a Mario book bag so we got him that. Don't recognize the brand so who knows how long it will hold up, sigh.

My oldest son could definitely use a sturdy backpack so I'm definitely going to look into the Land's End ones- thanks!

Oh, lunchboxes- I make my kids buy their lunch from the cafeteria b/c 1.) they are picky and it's helped to slowly expand the number of things they'll eat and 2.) I'm lazy. :smileywink:

Lisa 

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Fri, 07-27-2012 - 1:10pm
Man, sounds like LL Bean is the way to go! I looked them up yesterday and they are fairly reasonably priced- especially considering you can get several years of use out of them.

Gladware sounds like a good option for the lunchbox. I've seen ones that have several little compartments and those seem like they'd work well when packing several little sides.

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Fri, 07-27-2012 - 1:16pm
I was originally thinking about getting them a Jansport backpack! I know they have a warranty too so it is something I'll look at.

I don't mind packing a lunch for the boys. It isn't my favorite thing by any means, and I feel like I run out of creative ideas to pack really quickly, but I don't have an option otherwise. Cooper is on a gluten-free diet and while the cafeteria will provide a lunch for him, the options are horrible. We tried it for a while and there was just no way he was going to eat a chef salad (which is what they'd serve him a few times per week) and then they'd get upset if he didn't eat it. Not worth it for him!