The Ultimate School Lunchbox Packing List

The Ultimate School Lunchbox Packing List

With back-to-school season in full swing I’m back to packing my boys’ lunches every morning. For many parents this feels like a total chore, but I’ve learned to love making school lunch. I have a bento box for each of them, so they’re fun to pack. The compartments make things easy and help guide portion size. So what do I usually pack in my kids’ lunches, you ask? Luckily, my boys are both big on fruits and veggies, so a typical lunch will include things like cucumbers, carrots, grapes, watermelon, and then turkey or chicken. But if crafting a lunchbox menu doesn’t come naturally to you, we’re here to help. My team and I put together a free printable list of items you can check off to make packing school lunch a breeze. Follow the formula of packing 1 main + 1 fruit + 1 veggie + 1 snack food + 1 treat (optional), and you’ll be good to go. Check it out below!

The Ultimate School Lunch Packing List


  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Tuna
  • PB&J (or sunflower seed butter & jam)
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Hummus
  • Tofu
  • Cheese (slices, cubes, or string cheese)
  • Bagel and cream cheese
  • Bean & cheese burrito
  • Quesadilla
  • Beans & rice
  • Yogurt
  • Meat sticks
  • Edamame
  • Pasta
  • Tortellini
  • Quiche


  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Snap pea crisps
  • Puffs
  • Plantain chips
  • Pretzels
  • Veggie straws
  • Rice cakes
  • Seaweed
  • Nuts (if school is not nut-free)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Granola bars
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Trail mix
  • Dried fruit
  • Popcorn


  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Apples
  • Applesauce
  • Pear
  • Tangerines
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries


  • Cucumbers (sticks or slices)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocado
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Extras: hummus or ranch dip


  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate squares
  • Fruit snacks
  • Cookie

What do you typically pack in school lunches?

I hope my list helps you kick things up a notch.

XO Lauren

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