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Packing school lunches is one of those necessary aspects of going back to school — especially if your children are picky eater and there’s pretty much no hope of them buying their lunches.

I often find myself scrambling in the morning or even right before school to get the lunches ready for the kids to take. I’ll often be searching through the cupboards and pantry to find items to pack.

I realized that there had to be an easier way. That’s when I created my lunch caddy.

My idea behind the lunch caddy was so that I could have a variety of lunch items already assembled so when it is time to prepare lunches everything is right there.

Making A School Lunch Caddy

I started with a new, 24-pocket over the door shoe organizer. I bought a canvas one with mesh pockets because it was more durable, but you can also get ones made with a clear material. I like the ones with the see-through pockets so both you and the kids can easily see what is inside of each pocket.

Of course, each of these pockets are packed with things that I know my kids will love and that I will love packing for them.

Recently, the boys have been loving the Lance Cheese Sandwich Crackers. In fact, they specifically ask for them in their lunches so of course I added them to the caddy. Plus, the sandwich crackers have 5 grams of protein and no high fructose corn syrup so they are a tasty and satisfying option.

I also wanted to add some snack options to the caddy as well so I purchased the Snack Better Variety Pack which contains four different varieties of snacks so the boys won’t get bored. Plus, they have lower fat than tradition snacks plus have a delicious crunch!

In addition to the crackers and the snacks, I also filled the caddy with things such as drinks, fruit, and even a dessert. Each day is slightly different but this allows my kids to choose what they want in their lunch for that day. It gives them a sense of independence.

Once they’ve picked a pocket, all I have to do is pack the contents into the lunch box and go. Then, when the caddy starts getting low, I just refill the empty pockets.

You can purchase everything you need to create your own snack caddy at Walmart. In particular, you can purchase the Lance Sandwich Crackers and Snack Better Variety Pack in the snack isle.


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  1. This is ingenious! What a fantastic idea to organize all the different varieties of snacks and allow your kids a little independence when they get to choose a pocket! Great idea! #client

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