These lunch box ideas make packing lunches fun! Packing lunches can quickly become a chore but getting creative and having a meal plan makes it’s so easy.

Here are some healthy lunch box ideas that will help you get creative! For even more lunch ideas these kid-approved and kid-friendly school lunch ideas are sure to hit the spot.

What are some lunch box ideas?

Packing lunches is easy when you plan ahead.

  • Cut fruit on the weekend and store them in easy to grab individual bags. Grapes, berries, melons just grab whatever is in season.
  • Cut veggies and bag them. Carrot sticks, broccoli, peppers make great choices.
  • Bake protein bites ahead and keep them on hand for easy packing.
  • Homemade granola bars and fruit leather are also delicious options.

For a fun lunch tote idea,  you can make this fun  DIY Doodle Bag.

Bento Boxes allow you to separate foods and are a terrific way to pack lunches. You will see these used below over and over. These work well because kids tend to like their foods seperated.

These lunch mats are amazing. What a simple and useful idea for lunch at school, home or anywhere. It rolls up and ties off. This is a great way to avoid plastic and be environmentally conscious. I love that they can be used over and over.

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Healthy Lunch Ideas for School

If you are wondering how to pack a healthy lunch for school try these lunch ideas. Look for nutrient-rich options. Go heavy on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit unhealthy fats, salt, and sugar.

Avocado Egg Salad Toast.  Not only was this version unbelievably delicious, but the healthy fats in avocado also make this a much better option than the traditional mayo-laden version.healthy school lunch

Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups make a healthy alternative to sandwiches. Add some fruit, nuts, and veggies for the perfect healthy school lunch.turkey roll ups

QuesadillasThey’re kid favorites for a reason — and contrary to our adult biases, they don’t need to be piping hot to be delicious. Round these out with Avocado slices or guacamole, jicama sticks, pineapple chunks, pumpkin seeds, or tortilla chips.healthy lunch

Here are three great ways to pack a healthy, delicious lunch.

  • DIY Lunchable: Cut meat and cheese into small squares and pack along with crackers and some yummy sides like pretzels and fruit. Trail mix is a perfect bonus if you don’t have a nut-free school.
  • Kebabs: Use a popsicle stick or toothpick to skewer pieces of meat and cheese, and you can also include lettuce, cherry or grape tomatoes or some sliced bell pepper.
  • Roll-UpsRoll up slices of deli meat by itself, with a slice of cheese, or around a string cheese. Greek yogurt is a great side for this type of meal.

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Are you stuck in a sandwich-packing rut? No worries! These 5 healthy wraps for school lunch are made with fresh foods that easily come together. Banana chips are a delicious way to enjoy bananas without them going brown by lunchtime.

healthy wrap

What should I bring for lunch?

You can bring for lunch the same tasty meals your kids are taking to school. Try these ideas that might work double duty for both you and your kids. Consider making extra stuff for dinners. Leftovers make great lunches. So double the chicken, pasta, and meatloaf. You will save tons of time. Left overs also work well if you are packing a spouses lunch!

Chicken Dinner. Leftover chicken dinners make the perfect next-day lunch!

chicken dinner

Pasta Salad Lunch box ideas. Pasta Salad is the perfect lunch option because they provide an incredible amount of variety. Need to make them a bit more hearty simply add chicken breast. Make a huge batch for you and your children to enjoy. So many amazing, unique ideas it will take months to get sick of these recipes. You might also enjoy these pasta salad recipes.

pasta salad lunch ideas

Meet my favorite sandwich, the Caprese Sandwich. It tastes so fresh and delicious and is made in minutes.


Peanut Butter, Honey & Pear Open-Faced Sandwiches are flavorful and healthy! With a little meal prep, you will love this meal.

healthy lunches

Here are 5 Mason Jar Salads to meal prep for a week of lunches you can prep in just one hour for your entire week ahead!

mason jar salad

What are good cold lunch ideas?

Lunch doesn’t always have to include a sandwich.

Looking for lunch box ideas, outside the box. Here are great lunch ideas for kids who don’t love sandwiches.

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This website has amazing sandwich ideas. Kids will go totally crazy for this level of sandwich creativity.

sandwich ideas

Surprise Your child with one of their favorite characters in their lunch! Angry birds lunch idea.


Sick of sandwiches? Then, you will also like these sandwich free lunch ideas.

Make Ahead School Lunch Ideas

Planning ahead will make the next day run much smoother. These ideas will make your day easy breezy. Try making breakfast ahead too!

Avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce and make Homemade Uncrustable Sandwiches.  Kids love these and they taste much better homemade.

crustless freezer sandwiches

I bet you didn’t know you can make Freezer Sandwiches.  Nothing is worse than a soggy sandwich. Make these sandwiches on the weekend and make lunch packing easy.

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These Sanity Saving lunchbox ideas are really helpful and totally clever.

make ahead lunch ideas

This post is full of lunch tips you probably haven’t thought of. Study up on these easy practical school lunch ideas.

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With a little planning, you can make your own homemade granola bars.  They are always a great idea.

make ahead school lunch ideas

Fruit roll-ups are a staple in every kid lunch, but this homemade fruit leather tastes much better and is fresh and easy to make ahead.

make ahead school lunch ideas

Make-Ahead and Freeze these Pumpkin Muffins. They will be perfect to enjoy by lunchtime.

easy pumpkin muffins

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