Packing Hot School Lunches

With this cool weather kicking off, I thought it would be a great time to talk about Packing Hot School Lunches. A good quality thermos or thermal container will keep food warm for up to 4-5 hours. Thermal containers can also be used to keep food cold in warm weather for up to 4 hours.



Where to buy? Kmart, Big W, Target and online lunchbox stores. The brand I use is the Lunch Bots, which I prefer because of the bowl-like shape, ease of use, quality and size. I have been using this one for over 2 years, and it is still in perfect condition.

Price? Prices range from $5 up to $30

How to use? Fill the container with boiling water and allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes. Discard the water, then fill with the hot food of your choice. Make sure the food is piping hot before adding it to the thermos.


What to pack?

Hot Foods

  • Fried Rice
  • Beef Meatballs
  • 2 Minute Noodles
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Soups
  • Leftovers
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Hot Dogs
  • Porridge or Oats

Cold Foods

  • Salads
  • Fruit
  • Custard
  • Yoghurt


Do you send hot lunches to school? I would love to know what you pack and what type of container you use.

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  • Cassie
    Posted at 03:16h, 17 June Reply

    I use a Thermos Food Jar for my son. Packed him lots of warm lunches such as pasta and fried rice 🙂

  • Elisa
    Posted at 18:27h, 09 June Reply

    Hi, Just wonder what size your Lunch Bots thermos is please? I love that its like a bowl! Thank you

  • Erika
    Posted at 12:29h, 11 May Reply

    Today its cold in Adelaide and my 3 have taken mac n cheese. Other times they have taken 1 pot Bolognese, sausage hot pot, sausages in gravy, soup and cocktail franks. Quick and easy to cook the night before and heat in the microwave in the morning

  • Nicole
    Posted at 13:29h, 11 May Reply

    Sausage casserole and spag bol are big hits in my kids lunches

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