|Reuseit's large insulated lunch bag - |
on sale now for $9.95 (50% off).
For months and months, I took lunch for me and my kids to the park in a backpack. This arrangement had a number of drawbacks. I love my Klean Kanteen water bottles for my kids, but the sports cap sometimes would get opened in the bag and then water would drip all through the bag. Also, any food in reusable bags was liable to get smashed. If we took cheese or other perishables to the park and didn't eat all of it, I usually felt like I had to toss it by the time we got home because it was, by then, lukewarm. Finally, it was often just annoying to rummage through the large backpack (full of other various items) to find what we wanted. Several of my mom friends brought their food in insulated bags, and I often looked at those bags a bit enviously, so eventually I decided it was time to try one.
For over a month I have been test driving Reuseit's large insulated lunch bag. We take it on outings 2 or 3 times per week. Now instead of taking a backpack and small diaper bag to the park, I take my insulated lunch bag plus backpack full of everything else (hats, diaper stuff, etc.). I am liking this arrangement much better. When we go to the beach or on long outings (and need more food for more people), we use the insulated lunch bag for foods that need to be kept cold and toss the other stuff in another bag.
The great thing is, the entire line of lunch bags by Reuseit is 50% off, so this is a great time to pick up a lunch bag if you need one! But first, let me tell you a bit more about Reuseit's large insulated lunch bag.
|Reuseit's large insulated bag pictured |
with what I usually put inside it.
Ten Reasons to Love Reuseit's Large Insulated Lunch Bag
- A safe alternative to vinyl lunch bags. Made of high-quality nylon. PVC-free, lead-free, phthalate-free, and BPA-free. I specifically wanted to get my bag from Reuseit.com, because I know they use only safe and eco-friendly materials.
- Made in the USA.
- Padded insulated material keeps food from getting smashed in addition to helping maintain cool or hot temperatures. Reuseit says that the "high-performance recycled insulation is top-quality. With more than double the density of other thermal fills, it outperforms cheaper insulation found in mass-market lunch bags." I've never had another insulated bag, so I can't compare, but the insulation does seem thick, dense and effective.
- Adjustable shoulder-strap and square zipper closure. It's easy to carry and easy to open and close.
- Wipes clean easily. You can machine wash and drip dry if you want to.
- Has a little pouch at the top for a reusable ice pack. Since the bag is so large, if I were packing a meat sandwich, I would probably toss an additional ice pack in the bottom or side near the sandwich. Or you could just make your sandwich on sliced wheat bread straight out of the freezer, which is what my friend does (by the time you eat the sandwich, the wheat bread is defrosted and the sandwich fillings are still cold!). I like to keep my string cheese right in the pocket with the ice pack. I also pack cold stainless steel water bottles (straight out of the fridge) for outings, so that helps keep the contents of the bag cool too.
- It's large (11" H x 7" W x 4" D), but not unwieldy to carry. It actually holds quite a bit more than it looks like it should. According to Reuseit's lunch bag size guide, it can hold about two times as much as a brown bag lunch. I can easily pack enough for lunch for me, my 4-year-old and my 2-year-old (see photo above). I typically pack (in order, from bottom to top): two 12-ounce water bottles, medium container, small container, 1 or 2 reusable food bags, 1 or 2 sandwiches in a reusable wrap, several cloth napkins, 2 or more string cheeses, ice pack. My own large water bottle goes in my backpack (in case you are wondering), since I don't have concerns about it leaking while getting jostled around.
- I thought I would not be in love with the vertical shape of the bag (my friends have more horizontal-shaped bags), but it has worked out fine, and I think it's probably easier to carry than a similarly-sized bag of horizontal shape. In some ways, it's better for me that my kids can't see all the food in it at once (I put the "goodies," usually fruit, on the bottom, so they'll eat the other foods first). If you want a horizontal-shaped bag, Reuseit sells a medium-size insulated lunch bag that is horizontal in shape, or they carry many other brands that have horizontally shaped bags as well.
- Reuseit.com is a fabulous green company to support! In recognition of their work to reduce consumption of wasteful, single-use, disposable products, Reuseit.com has received numerous awards, including Green America's People's Choice and Longtime Leadership Awards. The non-profit Green Americapromotes environmental sustainability, social and economic justice. Reuseit.com donates 1% of sales to environmental organizations. They also provide donations and scholarships to like-minded non-profits.
- On sale now for 50% off (while supplies last)! Reuseit insulated lunch bags also come in a medium size that is more horizontal in shape. Don't forget to pick up a couple of inexpensive non-toxic ice packs while you are shopping. Also on sale: regular (non-insulated) lunch bags by Reuseit made of recycled PET or recycled cotton in a variety of sizes. This sale on lunch bags is part of a larger fall clearance sale (up to 60% off) -- so stock up on all your reusable needs and enjoy $4.95 flat shipping.
Full disclosure: I received one large insulated lunch bag plus two ice packs from Reuseit.com to facilitate this review. I am also an affiliate for Reuseit.com. If you buy something from them via my blog, I receive a small percentage of the purchase. Read my disclosure policy here.
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