What lunch bag for high school?

(75 Posts)
Bizkit Sat 23-Aug-14 16:55:25

What type of lunch bag?

DS is starting high school in sept and I'm assuming they don't use the common character/cool bag type ones used throughout primary school, I've not seen any children carrying a separate lunch bag, when I've seen then walk home from school.

I don't even know where their lunch will be stored all day? Any ideas?

I'm thinking just a small plain coloured zip up cool bag thing that can fit in his rucksack?

I can't for the life of me remember what I did back in my high school days...

snozzlemaid Sat 23-Aug-14 17:06:28

My dd just has a plain clip lock plastic box.

ALMOSTMRSG Sat 23-Aug-14 18:13:14

No lunch bag. Just wrap up lunch and put in a clear Tupperware box or plastic zip lock bag.

TheFirstOfHerName Sat 23-Aug-14 18:17:05

DS1 (14) says the only acceptable lunch bag is a plain tupperware-style box or a supermarket carrier bag.

Solo Sat 23-Aug-14 18:24:21

I agree. But plaster his name all over it and start now telling him he must remember to bring it home each day! My Ds was a nightmare for losing them, so in the end, lunch went in just a plastic sandwich bag.

Ragwort Sat 23-Aug-14 18:28:26

I think plastic sandwich bags are the only answer soon they will just want a pot noodle grin. Forget any nice ideas about yogurt/interesting fruit/salad stuff etc.

17leftfeet Sat 23-Aug-14 18:30:51

Packed lunch at dd's school is social suicide -they would rather starve

Bizkit Sat 23-Aug-14 18:37:13

Ah box seems the way to go then, do they keep it in their rucksack till lunch time then?

I have a feeling I'm going to be paying for school dinners everyday

ElephantsNeverForgive Sat 23-Aug-14 18:40:10

Sandwich wrapped in a plastic bag, they have too much to carry.
Not convinced it always gets eaten.

My two seem to survive on brunch, bacon butties, cookies andd crisps. Secondary food is expensive, the queues are stupid and they always seem to be doing something at lunch time.

I've no idea why the government spends millions on teaching primary DCs healthy eating when secondary schools food is so under resorced that all tbe pupils escape to the sweet shop at every opportunity, including the bus DCs who are not supposed to leave site. One enterprising lad used to send his uncle to the cash and carry and sell sweets on the bus!

Hassled Sat 23-Aug-14 18:41:10

I went out of the back gate to see if I could see any sign of DS2 coming up the road once when he was worryingly late home. He was outside the gate, wolfing down his packed lunch before he dared to come in. Packed lunches are definitely not cool.

Frontier Sat 23-Aug-14 18:42:52

Noooo. Sorry but they MUST have warm sandwiches. No cool bags allowed. A plain plastic box may be acceptable but not for all children, plastic bags and squashed sarnies far preferable

My DSs have to carry their lunch with them all day so it has to be indestructible, not look at all healthy and be sufficient for there to something left for lunch when they've eaten most of it a break. No fruit/veg or homemade cake.

For my DSs (who feel much like 17leftfeet's) we have reached a compromise whereby I charge their "thumbprint" with £20 per half term, so they can join thier mates buying junk in the canteen sometimes (DS1 buts a cake most days, DS2 prefers chips) but the bulk of what they eat comes form home. I can't be giving them £4 each per day to spend on junk food shock

Purpleflamingos Sat 23-Aug-14 18:48:44

It's in a plastic bag or something easily accessible between classes. You get detention here if you get caught eating between classes but it's social suicide to have a proper one. Belvitas, crisps, chocolate bars such as penguins or mini twix but not charnocks, cans of coke, and banana are lunch. I think we even did warm sausage rolls wrapped in foul at one point which was acceptable alongside the junk.

Purpleflamingos Sat 23-Aug-14 18:49:24

Foil. Not foul.

Bizkit Sat 23-Aug-14 19:03:01

oh dear this sounds like its gonna be alot more complicated than I anticipated hmm

Caramelkate Sat 23-Aug-14 19:12:45

Agree with plastic bag or plain box. Wraps are slightly likely more to be eaten than sandwiches. Bel vitas are popular with my girls. One of mine took a bento for a few weeks. Check bags and bedrooms for the unbeaten stuff fairly regularly!

Ragwort Sat 23-Aug-14 19:55:06

Elephants I agree - it is interesting that primary schools are obsessed with childrens' lunches (lunch box police and all that grin) yet at secondary school no one is interested and the canteen sells absolute rubbish which they all love of course. hmm.

ChillySundays Sat 23-Aug-14 20:06:56

Plastic box to bring home uneaten. I am now wondering what happens at college. Think DS expects me to subsidise his subway habit. Not sure I can justify £80 or so a month

bigTillyMint Sat 23-Aug-14 22:32:09

They don't have lunch bags at secondary school!

DS(13) says it's moist for boys to take packed lunch, so he has money on his fob.
DD takes a Tupperware box with a roll/bagel in a little sandwich bag, a couple of pieces of fruit and a yoghurt/biscuit plus a bar/BelVita for breakfast as she can't eat early in the morninghmm

ElephantsNeverForgive Sun 24-Aug-14 00:11:47

It really is crazy the way all primary's efforts to encorage healthy eating are just thrown out.

I believe there js some reasonable food avalible, but no one bothers queueing for it (it was bad before school shortened lunch, now it's impossible) and it's expensive and drink prices are worse The pupils grap 35p cans of rubbish from the nearest shop on the way home.

If OP you can get your DC to take and eat packed lunch it's worth a few lost boxes and a roll of bags.

todayisnottheday Sun 24-Aug-14 00:24:54

No pack up at secondary here either. Definitely social suicide. We've been through two schools now, both were the same. Honestly I'd pay for lunch for the first week and pack some easy stuff like crisps and breakfast bars in a side pocket somewhere so she can scope things out and then decide. A child in ds class started yr 7 with a black cool bag, he only took it once but ds says it was still being mentioned at the end of the year. Ds was terrified of committing a similar crime. Yr 7 can be harsh.

Solo Sun 24-Aug-14 01:59:27

My Ds never worried about not being cool with a packed lunch; he'd eat it all at break anyway and there were quite a few boys doing the same. Lunches can be bought for under £2 a day and were quite decent, but I couldn't afford to pay out for them.
Ds tends to eat whatever I give him as he has a big appetite and can't stomach breakfast.
I also think boys worry less about how their food is provided as long as it is. Girls on the other hand...far less likely to eat.

Sixth form will be interesting though!

popperdoodles Sun 24-Aug-14 08:40:34

plain plastic box and he never eats it anyway, too busy apparently. he eats it on the way home or when he gets in
it stays in their bag all day. d's also said it was awkward trying to find somewhere to sit as it was so busy.

popperdoodles Sun 24-Aug-14 08:44:51

to add though, school lunch are very healthy at his school, no chips in sight. they are not allowed out to local shop either. ds says the trouble is you waste your whole lunchtime in a queue and then eating it, he would rather be playing football!

Frontier Sun 24-Aug-14 09:27:06

Yes, Elephants. It seems madness to me too. I would say that the Senior school feeding policy is possibly even more important than for little ones - the habits they pick up as teenagers being far more likely to be the ones they take into adulthood.

I dread to think what's being spent on the (slightly questionable) healthy eating message in primary only for it all to be undone as soon as they turn 11.

myotherusernameisbetter Sun 24-Aug-14 23:38:43
Hulababy Sun 24-Aug-14 23:40:17

Apparently many of the girls at DD's high school have a "little brown bag" type thing - though often the fake ones.

myotherusernameisbetter Sun 24-Aug-14 23:45:30

and lunch is always eaten - they are hungry all the time so wont go without.

I don't think they give a toss what anyone else thinks - just turned 14 year old is nearly 5'11 and just turned 13 year old is nearly 5'10". They still get a sandwich, a biscuit, 2 pieces of fruit, some cheese (if they have meat or tuna on the sandwich) or some meat (if they have cheese on their sandwich) and a made up bottle of squash.

LynetteScavo Mon 25-Aug-14 00:01:51

A plain, clear box. DS1 has a huge one...he eats about 4,000 calories a day before/during a growth spurt. That is a lot of lunch. grin

Travelledtheworld Wed 27-Aug-14 20:39:25

DS 14 still takes an insulated lunch bag to school but he is 6 feet 2 and a Rugby Forward so no one is going to take the piss...

Haribotangfastic Fri 29-Aug-14 16:33:12

DS1 who is going into year 9 takes a packed lunch Mon-thurs and buys lunch on a Friday (which is usually something like a pasta pot). He takes it in a plastic Tupperware box and usually had a sandwich/wrap, crisps, small biscuit bar/flap jack and an apple (the apple comes home uneaten!).

calzone Fri 29-Aug-14 22:16:02

Carrier bag.

Every day.

Goes against my eco policy. hmmhmm

Angelto5 Sat 30-Aug-14 10:16:30

I am 15 and using my moms profile. It's not social suicide as I have been using lunch bags(plain black) since year 7. I have a healthy sandwich(usually a wrap) bottle of squash,fruit and a snack or 2. All my friends have packed lunches too and we share if one of us is hungry and if we have a snack left we give it to them. And I wouldn't recommend a box as mine got kicked in my bag in year7 and it broke instantly. On a Friday I have a canteen meal for a change and when I do have home made cake my friends think it's brilliant because I share it among them.

DD2 is in 6th form now and still takes a packed lunch most days. She says that most of them do because they cba to queue. She has a school lunch once a week, usually either some sort of pasta pot, or chips.

Packed lunch is taken in a normal tupperware tub and then bumped around in her rucksack all morning getting nice and warm. The most she will accept/eat is: a sandwich, a little orange, a biscuit, a drink. She'd be happy to take crisps etc, but I try to limit them to occasional rather than regular things, as i know she eats enough crap anyway, without me providing more.

Solo Sat 30-Aug-14 11:55:52

Are you a girl or boy though Angelto5's 15yo?

Ds1- 15. Tesco carrier bag. Jammed into an impossibly small Adidas messenger bag. Eats one sandwich on the train to school (he does also eat breakfast btw) and one at break. Sausage roll or similar at lunch time. Crisps, usually eaten on the way home. Whatever snacks he can fit into the bag gets eaten at break.

Dd-16. Plastic Tupperware container. She makes herself a salad, has another little container of fruit and yoghurt. She takes hot chocolate in a thermos cup for the train. Sometimes if it's really cold she will make a flask of soup for lunch.
They have their own money and parentpay login so if they want to buy stuff from tesco or put money on their thumb for the canteen they do. Dd is normally too tight to spend his money on stuff he can get for free at home.

OwlCapone Sat 30-Aug-14 12:04:43

When they have packed lunches, DSs have these. No "social suicide" nonsense.

Sorry DS is too tight, not dd. DD does occasionally buy lunch from school.

Oh and I will just point out the train journey is 13 minutes. You'd be forgiven for thinking that it's 3 hours, given that they take stuff for the journey. But no. 13 minutes.

Solo Sat 30-Aug-14 12:09:52

It's amazing how much food a young human can consume in such a short time TAB grin

He doesn't stop eating solo

He's 6ft 2 and skinny as a rake, I don't know where he puts it all grin

Angelto5 Sat 30-Aug-14 12:13:58

boy (gone back to the Xbox as usual) mom is back in controlgrin

Angelto5 Sat 30-Aug-14 12:19:09

My ds is also really tall (abt 6 ft) & has had a growth spurt in the holidays.
Nothing gets between him & his food. Thankfully he eats quite a well balanced diet but definitely has a sweet tooth(like me)
Also using a carrier bag still has the risk of breaking & damaging school work.
My ds (& dd who's 12) uses the systema lunch bags-you can buy them from asda. They keep things warm/cold.

Solo Sat 30-Aug-14 12:35:41

I hear youTAB! my Ds is 6'7" and also as skinny as a rake! he is just 16 and rarely stops eating.
Dd is 7.8yo and is 4'7" tall. She eats well, but stops when she's full. She has a natural stop button, whereas Ds does not.

Angelto5 he sounds lovely! My Ds's last lunch box was broken by kicking too and that was when it changed into sandwich bags.

Angelto5 Sat 30-Aug-14 13:36:59

Thank you Solo.
I agree he is a lovely lad & not your usual teenager.

Solo Sat 30-Aug-14 13:38:12

Long may it continue smile

Angelto5 Sat 30-Aug-14 13:46:08

Yes definitely.
Also would be nice if the younger 4dc follow his example. smile
What are the odds?grin

poisonedbypen Sat 30-Aug-14 20:24:16

Mine both take insulated lunch bags (plain ones with fold over tops). They've never complained about them.

Solo Sun 31-Aug-14 03:17:06

smile time will tell!!

merlehaggard Sun 31-Aug-14 14:29:58

My daughter is just going into year 8. I would say anything plain, whether it be Tupperware type lunch boxes or bags.

hugoagogo Sun 31-Aug-14 19:02:22

ds (15) started off taking lunch in a plain tupperware box, but stopped by the end of year 7.

He will sometimes take a ginsters sausage roll and always crisps/cereal bar/ chocolate biscuit, but a homemade sandwich is definitely too embarrassing.hmm

(btw I'm going to report my post because the link on discussions of the day isn't working)

HibiscusIsland Mon 01-Sep-14 09:10:43

When people say Tupperware, do they mean like the clear Klip Lock boxes?

AtiaoftheJulii Mon 01-Sep-14 11:33:04

Yes smile I find the ones that are a bit over a litre work for my girls (juice carton, roll, crisps, biscuit) but my son has a slightly bigger one and usually has an extra "side" or another roll.

HibiscusIsland Mon 01-Sep-14 11:58:11

Thank you

Rivercam Mon 01-Sep-14 15:24:35

Mine use a plastic box as well, and the sandwiches always gets eaten. Also, they have a small amount on their cash card for snacks, etc.

RainbowSpiral Mon 01-Sep-14 15:36:14

I just hand over a tenner on Monday and ds1 gets himself stuff in the school canteen. They only have lunch at school Mon-Thu in Scotland anyway. I think he buys too many doughnuts but I do agree with him that the school prices are a bargain.

He also won't take a water bottle, I think he uses the water fountain if its hot / PE.

Flossiex2 Mon 01-Sep-14 16:12:30

Most pupils take in money to spend on hot dogs, pizza, paninis etc in the school canteen. Very few take packed lunch and those whose mums insist on making them dispose of them in various stairwells, behind radiators or use the sandwiches as missiles.

Some young people spend the money on the way to school or even save it!

myotherusernameisbetter Mon 01-Sep-14 16:20:52

Rainbow spiral - that isn't universal across Scotland - I'm guessing you are Edinburgh/Lothians.

Most of the rest of the country do 5 full days and the kids do need lunch on a Friday too. A tenner wouldn't go far in my boys school either, I think a pizzini is over 2 quid, never mind adding in a drink if they aren't taking a drink with them.

It really depends on the school I think what is acceptable and what isn't, my two prefer a packed lunch, and after posting on this thread I checked with them again that they don't get a hard time and they say that a lot of people take packed and nobody bothers - sometimes they walked to the supermarket with friends and just eat their lunch as they go. it takes most of the lunch break to walk down and back. The only time my son decided to go there and buy stuff, he ended up with no lunch as he didn't have time to actually buy lunch before heading back up sad

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 01-Sep-14 16:37:48

Ds1 has insisted on a bag, I hope he doesn't get teasedsad

I did give him the choice and tried to steer him towards a box but no, he wanted a lunch bag. It's very neutral.....

God, I hope it's not social suicide <panics>

Angelto5 Mon 01-Sep-14 16:40:16

Myother-my dc at high school are not allowed to leave the school premises at lunch time. They are going in to years 8 & 11.
What years are yours in?

myotherusernameisbetter Mon 01-Sep-14 17:21:12

Angel, they are S2 and S3 in Scotland (just turned 14 and 13 - roughly year 9 & 10 I think?). They don't have any restriction as basically there really isn't anywhere for them to go other than to tesco which is a good 15 minutes away and because of the hill on the way back, probably 20 to get back up - they only get 40 minutes. A lot of other schools don't allow S1s (roughly year 8 I think) to leave but older children can. I think it really depends on the school, the area and the available outside temptations. They also have a lunch card system so most of the kids don't really have access to cash if their parents decide to fund the card by cheque.

myotherusernameisbetter Mon 01-Sep-14 17:27:06

In Scotland they stay until P7 in primary and then up to High school for S1 - they will be between 11 and a half and 12 and a half roughly though some may be a bit older if they had a deferred entry into P1. In Scotland you don't need to start until you are 5 but you can start in the summer if you were 4 before march 1st. Some parents whose child isn't 5 yet by mid August when the school starts after the summer hols, choose to wait until the next year. Theoretically that could be if they were 5 in September, but in practice it is usually just those with January/February birthdays - makes an interesting range in classes when some children could be nearly a full year and a half other than others.

Chopstheduck Mon 01-Sep-14 17:31:03

Can't believe how many people say about it being social suicide to take food from home.

We have various types of tupperware, sandwich boxes, salad containers, etc. My two seniors take in the same as the dts in juniors - salads, quinoa, pasta, wraps, rolls, sarnies, whatever else I feel like chucking in there. The queues for the canteen are usually huge and they only get half an hour, so pack ups are preferable.

Angelto5 Mon 01-Sep-14 17:34:44

My dc have a similar cash system for dinners but they use their thumb print to pay.
My dc only have food from the canteen on a Friday because if we let them all week we'd be bankrupt!grin

HolgerDanske Mon 01-Sep-14 19:43:10

It isn't social suicide to take lunch in at my daughter's school thank goodness. But I don't think I've ever seen anyone carrying a specific lunch bag..

Everyone carries a bag of some sort (rucksack or cross body or for some girls, a big handbag) and I assume that they all either eat in the cafe or do some variation of what my daughter does - carries the lunch in her bag, but in a plastic container.

HolgerDanske Mon 01-Sep-14 19:43:27

Excuse horrific grammar, v. Tired.

Admiraltea Mon 01-Sep-14 21:23:10

quinoa...dd of doctor (everyone super jealous but not ever awake to make) . ...haribo..." I ate 5 colours of food" ... local carvery for £3.00 lunch ... get there b4 oap's ... box in bag is def the way to go... (dictated by super awesome year 13)

MrsLoada Mon 01-Sep-14 21:54:43

Ds12 and dd13 both take lots of small items wrapped separately then popped inside a large sandwich type bag . They take sandwichs cut into 4 each wrapped on their own, homemade cakes, biscuits, crisps, cereal bars , mini sausage rolls, mini picnic eggs. Plus a bottle of water shop bought but reused for a week.
Food is eaten little and often all day , they grab a mini sandwich between lessons, have crisps at break. Must lunch times they are going to a club and don't have time to que . School lunch starts at £2.10 for something like pizza slice and chips or a pot of pasta. Need extra money for a drink so a school lunch works out about £3 a day

prettybird Tue 02-Sep-14 11:04:46

Ds (14 next week) is in S3 (=Y9) and takes in his own "subway" roll that he makes himself. Usually he just wraps it in cling film (although at the moment he's unhappy at me as he's having to wrap it in a plastic bag as I've run out of cling film and haven't been to the shops) and shoves it in his bag.

When he was in S1 (Y7), he wasn't allowed to leave the school grounds, so had school dinners. They're now £1.50 daily (all week - including Fridays grin) - but he prefers to eat out. He saves the money I give him (although I now only give him £5 as I buy in the ingredients - part-baked rolls, salami, cucumbers, salad leaves....) and he'll "treat" himself on a Friday.

This way he is incentivised to actually make food for himself! grin

SixImpossible Tue 02-Sep-14 11:20:03

Ds just distributes his lunch, wrapped in a variety of foil/clingfilm/sandwich bags, in various pockets of his rucksack. He says that there's just not enough space to carry a dedicated lunch bag. He also can't guarantee getting to his locker before first period and before lunch, so his lunch generally stays in his rucksack all day. We have never bothered with ice packs, not even in primary, and none of my dc have ever been made ill by their ambient lunches.

There isn't enough space for everyone to sit down to eat, so ds prefers food he can eat standing up or while walking with friends. He doesn't want to waste his break time waiting for a seat.

pissedglitter Tue 02-Sep-14 11:30:55

I have never seen a high school kid with a lunch bag/box (not saying it doesn't happen just never seen it)

My lot would rather go hungry than take a packed lunch they use the school canteen or leave school to go to the chippy/cafe

Angelto5 Tue 02-Sep-14 16:09:16

My ds(15) has just picked a graffiti style lunch box with an attached bottle. He doesn't care what people think.
Nothing gets between him & his food.

bubby64 Wed 10-Sep-14 22:02:38

My 2 both have just a clip-top plastic lunchbox and a separate water bottle, they say anything else would be laughed at.

EveryThingIsImpossible Wed 10-Sep-14 23:06:46

New York Deli Experience. Sub in a brown paper bag, crisps cookie fruit and drink
Simples :D

DarkHeart Wed 17-Sep-14 21:47:24

My ds would rather go hungry than take a packed lunch- def social suicide at his school

Scholes34 Wed 24-Sep-14 13:27:35

All three of mine (17, 16, 14) have these. DD's is now in its seventh year and still going strong:


The material is stretchy and a bit like wet suit material. It washes and you can squish lots of plastic boxes into it

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