School lunchbox for older kids

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I’ve had quite a few questions on what lunchboxes are the best for older kids. I updated my popular post ‘A guide to choosing the best lunch box for kids‘ with some details of the lunch boxes my kids will be using this year. I thought I’d also share within this blog post in case you miss it.

ultimate guide to choosing the best lunchbox for kids

All my kids are having birthdays in the next month. The’ll be turning 11 in year 6 and twins will be 13 in year 8.  Whilst they are eating so much at home, I find they don’t eat very much at school.  They are too busy socialising.

As you know I have used the Tupperware Sandwich Keepers in the past, but for Mr nearly 13 they are not so cool anymore. He will be using the EasyLunchboxes, which fit in the medium Fridge to-go lunch bag and a 600ml drink bottle.


The girls both want to continue to use the Yumbox Panino, which is a 4 compartment leakproof bento lunch box. The team at Little Bento World are offering my lovely readers 15% off  Yumbox Panino and the entire store, use coupon code ORGHOUSE15 at checkout. Valid until 31st January 2017.


The Yumbox fits perfectly in the Apple and Mint lunch bag with ample room for extra snack cups, banana or apple in the bag too.


I did consider the Go Green lunchbox for Mr nearly 13 as it’s a generous size sectional lunchbox, but his preference was the fridge to go. However I do think this Go Green would be great for a growing primary school age child. I did get one just to trial as I am asked a lot about the Go Green but prior to now hadn’t tried myself. Remove the water bottle from the lunch box and you have even more room for before or after school snacks. I think this lunchbox is also a great choice, it comes as a set – the lunchbox, lunchbag, icepack and drink bottle.

What lunch boxes will your kids be using this year?

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Tracy January 13, 2016 - 8:12 AM

I only have one left at school. He still uses the Tupperware sandwich boxes, even at 15yo. In winter he literally throws just that into the dark, scary depths of his school bag. In summer I insist on him taking an insulated box and an ice brick wrapped in some fabric to stop it condensing all over the place.

Cheryl January 13, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Hi Kat

Of the 3 you mention, which would hold the most food?



Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Definatley the go-green, it’s a lovely big lunchbox, easy to open. However you couldn’t add a banana to the lunch bag, you would have to slice it up and place it into the lunch box compartments. It seals tight, so apples wouldn’t go brown.

Vicki January 13, 2016 - 12:41 PM

We’ve used the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus over the past 3 years for our (now almost-7yo) twins &, although the actual lunchbox is excellent, the lunchbags fall apart before the year’s end. We also have the Shikiri (from Little Bento World!) which is good & fun for bento-style lunches. This year we’ve bought the Yumbox Panino. We’ve also bought both the medium Fridge-To-Go & the Apple & Mint lunchbags to try as I couldn’t decide on one or the other! Plus, it’s always good to have a spare. I’ll be interested to see if they really DO stay cold for up to 8 hours, as advertised, in our 40+C heat here in Perth!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2016 - 1:08 PM

My girls love the Yumbox Panino, they think it’s really cute and were disappointed on the days I hadn’t washed it up 🙂 Let me know if it does stack up to the 40+ heat, would be good to know 🙂

LARA March 23, 2016 - 9:08 AM

Am going to buy the Yumbox Panino for my kids. I see they fit in the Apple & Mint Lunchbags but do they also fit in the Medium Fridge-To-Go as designs are a bit young for my 11 year old son?

Nicole January 13, 2016 - 2:13 PM

My kids have been using the medium fridge to go bags for the past 4 years and we will not go back – they are fantastic. They really do keep the food cool all day, so even on a hot day, they can safely eat anything left over when they get peckish after school.

I use the fridge to go ice bricks in my cooler bag for food on the go or shopping on really hot days – they are sensational.

Sandra January 13, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Mine will be using fridge to go again. Will be 8th year for my oldest, although definitely not the same bag!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 13, 2016 - 6:51 PM

I was just about to ask if it was the same bag for 8 years… good to know though they are that good you are using them year after year… the brand, not the bag 🙂

Sandra January 13, 2016 - 9:25 PM

I have boys and my oldest did who knows what with his things at school when he started and although serviceable they needed replacing every year. Last few years we have gotten 2 years from a bag. Also helps he changed colour favourite to black! Bonus is we have many spare bricks.
Haven’t found anything that compares with how bag keeps cold and have had uneaten lunch come home as cold as it was when it went to school.

Skye January 17, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Bummer! I’ve mulled over lunchboxes for weeks and only ordered them a couple of days ago. I’ve gone with the yumboxes too but missed your discount!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Bugger Skye, are you signed up to my newsletter, you get an email each day with the latest blog post and it also had the discount code in it 🙂

wanita January 19, 2016 - 4:15 PM

hi, I really love all your lunchbox ideas! I thought I saw an insulated yogurt pot in one of your back to school sections but now I can’t find it? would love to know what it was.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 20, 2016 - 8:52 PM Reply
Ashlee January 28, 2016 - 6:49 AM

Hi Kat, i just went to order on little bento world and they are sold out until April/May 🙁 do you know if your lovely discount will still be able to be used then? Thanks!

Kate July 10, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Hi Katrina, the EasyLunchboxes look really good. Does an unwrapped sandwich fit snuggly, or would it rattle around and get messy? Do you use reusable sandwich wraps in them? Also, would the larger snack compartment be deep enough for a homemade muffin and long enough (or tall enough) for Vitaweats? We use the medium Fridge to Go bags and while they’re great, I’m getting sick of all the little containers, and I’m sure the kids are too. I’ve been tossing up so many options (like everyone else!) and I’m hoping the EasyLunchboxes will fit the bill. Thanks so much for your time and sorry for all the questions. Kate

Kate July 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Hi Katrina – just a follow up to my questions yesterday evening. After Googling the EasyLunchbox I was convinced it would work for us, so I’ve gone ahead and ordered a set! No need to reply (unless you want to!). Also, I just made a batch of your two ingredient scrolls for the kids’ afternoon tea – thanks for the recipe, I think they’re yummy so fingers crossed they are a hit with the kids.

Felicity January 6, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Hi, I know this conversation is a bit old, but just wondering if anyone has feedback on how cold the go green bags keep the food in comparison to the fridge to go. The fridge to go sound great but they are quite small. Wondered if a fridge to go brick in another slightly bigger bag might work as well? Any feedback appreciated!

Rachael January 6, 2017 - 8:49 PM

My eldest starts her first day of school so I’m shopping around for a good, durable lunchbox for her. I like the sound of the go green boxes/bag but would like to know if they keep food cold?

Sara January 18, 2017 - 11:02 PM

I’m interested to hear any feedback about the easy lunchboxes? I’m worried that they won’t be big enough for food for my son, he takes two sandwiches to school plus snacks can anyone compare in size with a standard copper bag lunch box you get from kmart, target, Coles, woolies (you know the themed ones) would they fit inside, to big to small. Thank you.

Kate January 19, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Hi Sara. I bought the Easy Lunchboxes last year. They’re pretty good, but I suspect it won’t be big enough for your son, unless the sandwiches you send are fairly flat. This box could do with a little more depth – I’ve found that some of my homemade muffins are a little high for them (they’re not enormous to begin with, but I have to put a little less batter in so that they don’t get too tall). Also, I’d like the small sections to be a little bigger, they don’t fit quite enough fruit and veg in for my kids. I use the excellent Fridge to Go bags with mine (which provides enough extra room alongside the Easy Lunchbox that I can fit in a yoghurt squeezie, extra snack tub or plain milk popper), so can’t give you any size comparison with supermarket chill bags. For a bigger box I would suggest the Go Green (if the original looks too big, there’s a new medium size one on the market that is the same size sections as the large one, but without the drink bottle section), or the Goodbyn Hero. The Hero is in three sections like the Easy Lunchbox, but it’s bigger and deeper and I think would easily fit two sambos plus snacks. I was trying to find Katrina’s old version of this post, which I had a feeling might have included Goodbyns, but it’s been completely superseded by the new post on lunchboxes this week and I can’t see the archived version anymore. I hope that helps.

Alicia August 7, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Thank you for this – was really helpful!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 8, 2017 - 9:14 AM

I’m glad to hear it, Alicia 🙂


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