I regularly get asked about other cooler bags – will my EasyLunchbox containers fit into them?
Some families prefer a smaller cooler, or one with cartoon designs, or one that will easily slip into a child’s backpack, etc.
Of course I understand that my complete EasyLunchbox System (bento container + bag) may not fit the needs of everyone, and therefore, people may wish to use my compartmentalized containers with a cooler bag from a different manufacturer.
That’s perfectly fine. In fact, I encourage you to do whatever works best in your house. But it is important to note that I originally designed the containers to be carried upright in my roomy cooler bag so that:
- since the containers are not leakproof, they would stay mess-free, even if a slightly wet item was included
- the purposely looser lids would stay put, held down by the weight of an ice block, drink, etc.
- lunches would look as yummy as when they’re prepared. No more scrambled food
Ok, so what other coolers will work?
From my customers, I have heard that certain ones from LL Bean, Stephen Joseph, Gap, Garnet Hill, Gymboree, Lands End, Laptop Lunches, Pottery Barn, SoYoung, One Step Ahead, Embark, Arctic Zone, Balanced Day (Canada), Children’s Place, and BUILT will fit my containers. In fact, Wildkin Double Decker Lunch Bags and the Built NY Gourmet Getaway are ones you can use to carry the container flat/horizontally as I recommend. Cristi of Bent on Better Lunches even posted pics of them to show the sizing and such. Click HERE to see her pics.
Check out the fun post that Melonie wrote about ELB containers fitting in the Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag.
The Built Neoprene Lunch Sacks are a great choice for just one container and ice block, especially for teens who may want to fit their lunch in their backpack. One mom even told me, “I was lucky to come across 2 bags from Dell that are made for small netbooks….the lunches fit perfectly inside, and tightly”. Teens especially will like the very cool lunch bags made from recycled t-shirts at ThriftTeeGear.
In addition to my ELBs you may have a jumble of other lunch containers/coolers at home and want to know how they all stack up, size wise, in or out of a standard cooler. Super informative post about how some popular brands measure up on We Should be Folding Laundry.
When choosing a different band of bag for my ELB containers, just be sure that the inside of the bag measures a bit larger than my container, which is: 9.38″ x 6.1″ x 2″.
But only dry food should be packed, if your choice of bag requires you to carry lunch sideways. EasyLunchboxes are not leakproof. You would need to include a separate, leak free container for runny items like yogurt, salad dressings, juicy fruits, or sauces. More about runny items HERE.
► Also, if carried sideways, and no other items (drink, ice block) are included in this type of cooler to fill up the bag/push against the lid, I would recommend using a rubber band, ponytail elastic or bento box strap to wrap around the container for extra security.)
Here’s a Superman one from Thermos. Read all about it on Mambelly’s Lunches with Love.
BTW – If you want a BIGGER cooler bag (to hold 4 or more containers) for picnics and more, check out the Thirty-One Market Thermal Tote. Crystal’s Ramblings has written about them HERE. She has some pics with the ELBs stacked up next to them for size comparison.
BACKPACK TIP - shared by Laura S. – “We use the LL Bean large back packs. .. The ELB cooler fits perfectly in the bottom. Plus, LLBean stands by their products. If the zipper breaks, they replace the backpack, no charge. I love LL bean!”
Hey, they fit!
Thanks to Angie of A Whole Lot of Nothing for sharing her family’s personal lunch box story on her blog:
…we already had the girls’ LLBean lunch boxes purchased … I went out on a hunt for the perfect Bento-ish-style reusable lunch containers.
HALLELUJAH, Baby Jeebus and Oprah did not smite me that day!
I found the perfect-for-us lunch containers that just so happened to fit perfectly into the girls’ already-purchased lunchboxes: EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers.
If I was going to spend the equivalent of a restaurant lunch on containers, they better last these grubby chillrens all year. I watched the product description video on the Easy Lunchboxes website to make sure what I was getting was of a higher quality, was dishwasher safe, and was easy for the grubby chillrens to open themselves.
Again, HALLELUJAH, Baby Jeebus and Oprah did not smite me!
The first things I did when I got the containers was 1) fit them to the lunchboxes (they fit!), 2) make the grubby chillrens remove the lid themselves, and 3) pray to the almighty Baby Jeebus and Oprah….
Friends, it’s a whole new lunch-packing year for me. I feel like a proper mommyblogger!
Thanks Angie! Click HERE to read her full post.
Angie loves her camera, her remote, her girls, and her husband. Their rank in her favor changes daily. Her MessyHouse is in a constant state of disarray with random plastic doll parts, scraps of paper, 1/2-full Taco Bell cups of iced tea, and the occasional pair of little girl socks.