30 back-to-school lunch box ideas


30 back-to-school lunch box ideas -quick, easy and yummy ideas!

Wow it’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of school (well I guess technically when you are reading this it will already be Monday). Today I thought it would be fun to share some lunch box and snack ideas. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new lunch ideas. If my son could eat PB&J every day the rest of his life he would be a happy camper. We will be most likely making sandwiches 2-3 times a week, but I thought I better try and mix things up the other days. We usually eat a lot of hot meals at home, so I thought we’d try a cold version of some of them too. I’ve found it definitely helps when I let my son help pick what he wants for lunch.

I’d love to hear what your go to lunches are in the comments below.

30 back-to-school lunch box ideas


Here’s what my son wanted for his first day –bagel sandwich, carrots, apples and cheese. I even let him add some popcorn we picked up at the farmers market for his first day. I cut out the cheese with a cookie cutter and honestly it took me two seconds. Nothing fancy. I

We love these silicone baking cups for dividing the lunch box. Maybe it’s just me, but I love anything that adds color.

Then I printed one of these printable lunch box notes (you can download them for free HERE) to go in my son’s lunch too. Yes, I’m totally that mom. The one who walks their kid all the way in and takes pics all along the way. It probably won’t happen after the first day of school. I’m not making any promises. ;)

back to school lunch ideas

30 back-to-school lunch box ideas

1. The classic PB&J (my son’s favorite)

2. Bagel and cream cheese

3. Turkey and cheese roll up

4. Boiled eggs

5. Homemade pizza wheels

6. Pasta salad

7. Pita sandwich

8. Waffle

9. Tuna sandwich

10. Grilled chicken

11. BLT wrap

12. Thermos taco soup

13. Chicken salad on a croisant

14. Leftovers for lunch

15. Cheese and meat kabobs

16. Chicken soft taco

17. Penna pasta

18. Chicken nuggets

19. Ham and cheese sub

20. Homemade lunchable

21. Mozzarella and tomato

22. Mini corn dogs

23. Sandwich kabobs

24. Green salad

25. Pesto chicken rolls

26. Peanut butter and banana sandwich

27. Tortilla chips and dip

28. Vegetable soup in thermos

29. Egg salad sandwich

30. Pancake sandwich

Another great way to mix up lunches is to add a variety with snacks. I always try to add at least one fruit and vegetable. Here are some of our favorites:


    • grapes, apples slices, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, bananas, apple sauce


    • carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, snap peas


    • pretzels, wheat thins, string cheese, granola bar, trail mix, gold fish, fruit leather, yogurt


30 lunch ideas for back to school

I’m also thinking it would be fun to make a magnetic lunch chart like this one to keep us organized. I know my son would love this.

lunch chart

My friend Mique at 30 Days Handmade also has a free printable planner you can download HERE.

Free printable lunch box planner

So there you have it 30 back-to-school lunch box ideas …what works for you?

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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3 comments on “30 back-to-school lunch box ideas”

  1. I am pretty sure my kids would eat everything in the lunch! Especially the colorful popcorn! Pinned!

  2. My  son is going to love this :) thank you

  3. Alot of these seem to need warming up….

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