Step by Step: How to Pack a Lunchbox

Marla Meridith

May 11, 2012

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Hi guys! Thought you would like this fun step by step….how to pack a lunchbox. This is part of my Project LunchBox series. I am drawn to bright colors like a honey bee, so I went with a bright diagram here. I am hoping this will razzle dazzle you into packing those healthy homemade lunch boxes!

By the way the meal you see is packed in my favorite Easy LunchBox containers which you can find at my store. These are the lunch boxes you will find in the Cooking With Trader Joe’s cookbook I just photographed due out in late summer.Yay!

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  • Maria
    Posted at 11:09h, 11 May

    Love this! I can’t wait to pack healthy lunches for Caleb!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:50h, 11 May

      Maria, you will have such a great time packing lunches for your little guy 🙂

  • Kristina Vanni
    Posted at 11:21h, 11 May

    I love it! So bright and cheery-great tips for making the best possible package!

  • Mirtha
    Posted at 14:41h, 11 May

    hi, new to your blog. I love this! I take great pride in packing my son’s lunch. I’ve had nice comments from two moms that help out during lunch at his school. I always give him two fresh fruits, and try to keep it interesting. I try to use small plastic containers instead of disposable bags whenever possible, always include napkins, and use big cookie cutters on his sandwiches, according to the season. he may be the only 2nd grader who takes rotisserie chicken sammies and tuna salad though!

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:32h, 11 May

      Hi Mirtha! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving this comment.Sounds like your son is one lucky little guy and you are a super awesome thoughtful mom. Hope you have a love’y Mother’s Day 🙂

  • Rosa
    Posted at 14:54h, 11 May

    Lovely! Your children are lucky.



  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen
    Posted at 16:22h, 11 May

    Only you could make a lunchbox look this gorgeous! This is a truly inspired post.

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    Posted at 16:23h, 11 May

    Love this post! I need to get a few of those lunch box containers!

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 16:41h, 11 May

    I love this! Perfect for kids and adults. Thanks, Marla.

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf
    Posted at 18:09h, 11 May

    Boy, I wish my mom had read over this step by step! She could have used your guidance!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 20:14h, 11 May

    Love this step by step post. I’ve been packing lunches for years it seems, so I can appreciate what goes into making a healthy lunch for the kids each and every day.

  • susan
    Posted at 20:16h, 11 May

    fun post, Marla! happy mom’s day! xx

  • Antonia @ healthinspirations
    Posted at 08:28h, 12 May

    I can’t wait for the cookbook. Your photos are gorgeous, so vibrant and colorful! Have a great weekend and very happy Mother’s Day!

  • Kelly Lester (EasyLunchboxes)
    Posted at 15:27h, 12 May

    Genius. You are genius. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 15:39h, 12 May

    so pretty and cool all in one! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Kiran @
    Posted at 15:55h, 12 May

    Love those colorful instructions!! So fun 🙂 I miss packed lunches my mom made us while growing up!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    Posted at 20:34h, 12 May

    I would love to have you pack me a lunch. It looks so fresh and tasty!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    Posted at 21:42h, 12 May

    Such a beautiful colorful lunch box!

  • Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids
    Posted at 09:16h, 14 May

    I love this post! And, I love those containers. Do you use the lunch boxes, too, or are they too bulky for children? I am already looking for next year. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:47h, 14 May

      Natalie, I use them for myself and my kids. My husband uses them too! You guys should totally try them for next year 🙂

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction
    Posted at 15:21h, 14 May

    I love your healthy lunch tips, Marla. Now, if I could only get someone to come pack my lunches! 🙂

  • Lucy
    Posted at 19:25h, 15 May

    Fun – Minty now packs her own lunch box every day – YAY!!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:12h, 15 May

      Lucy, that is the BEST thing I have heard all day!!

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  • Danielle Ryerson
    Posted at 19:51h, 29 May

    In the first photo, where did you get the little cherry bowls? I love those!

  • Judi Willard
    Posted at 07:29h, 21 August

    Love your tips on how to pack a lunchbox! How about adding a Lunchbox Love note for Kids by Sayplease? Positive notes on the front say things like “I Love spending time with you” and trivia on the back say things like “did you know butterflies taste with their feet”? After all nourishing their hearts is as important as nourishing their bodies.
    Judi Willard
    CEO and Co-Founder of Say Please Inc.

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:02h, 21 August

      Agreed! I have some printable LunchBox notes coming up shortly for my readers 🙂 Great tip! Thanks.

  • DianeMargaret
    Posted at 21:04h, 08 August

    What kind of napkins are those? It is so colorful.

  • Sasha
    Posted at 11:47h, 30 September

    where do you get the cute little cups that the fruit is in?

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