What's the bane of many kids' school lunch experience? Opening the lunch box to find a smooshed sandwich. Or bruised banana. Or crushed chips.
I'm not a lunch box perfectionist, but I do want my kids' lunches to be palatable. Perfectly-sized individual containers are too fussy and hard to maintain (some crucial piece always seems to be lost or in the dishwasher). And, as much as I covet them, I don't want to spring for (nor do I want to wash) one of those bento-style lunch kits.
My solution: stick a divided plastic food container into the lunchbox to create flexible compartments. No cover necessary. I happen to use Snapware, but I'm sure you've got your favorite brand. Doing so gives the lunchbox just enough structure to keep food protected and separate.
I wrap my son's sandwich in wax paper, and it fits nicely in the larger space pictured here. The smaller space gets whatever else goes into his lunch, including cutlery and a napkin. Nothing needs to fit perfectly because the container is just there to keep everything from moving around. Easy cleanup, too.
Do you have a hack for keeping food relatively uncrushed in your kid's lunchbox?