The Ultimate List of 72 Back To School Lunch Box Ideas

School is officially back in session, and while some parents are jumping up and down more than ready for their little ones to head back to school, others may be feeling a bit sad. But whatever the feeling might be– it’s time to get back into that routine.

You are getting up early, packing lunches, eating breakfast, getting out the door on time all while watching the clock to make sure you are not running late. Let’s not even talk about the afternoon and evening schedule.. homework, teacher meetings, sports, dinner, and well– just life. The last thing you want to think about is What should I pack for my child’s lunch??

With this Ultimate List of 72 Back To School Lunch Box Ideas, you will never have to worry about running out of ideas for your child (or you) again. This will also cut down on the same ole “dull” lunch day after day. Even your picky eaters will undoubtedly be able to find something on this list they would like for lunch…maybe.

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The Ultimate List of 72 Back To School Lunch Box Ideas
The Ultimate List of 72 Back To School Lunch Box Ideas

Sit down with this list and have your child (or you) highlight all of the items he/she might like to have for their lunch during the year. I found it easier to print out one each week and highlight the items. This seemed to cut down on complaints and also made it easier when picking up lunch supplies. Just carry this printout with you when you head to the grocery store. There will be no more guessing or worrying about what to buy.

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Hang this on your refrigerator for those times when you are not sure what to pack for lunch.

The Ultimate List Of 72 Back To School Lunch Box Ideas:

Sandwiches and Wraps

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Peanut Butter and Banana
Ham & Cheese
Turkey & Cheese
Pimento and Cheese
Chicken Salad
Sloppy Joes
Pizza Pocket–Spread pizza sauce inside a pita pocket, stuff it with cheese and add your favorite pizza toppings–black olives, pepperoni, etc.
Club –Turkey, Ham, and Cheese


Grilled chicken
BBQ Chicken
BLT wrap
Turkey Ranch Club
Chicken Ranch
Chicken Salad
Peanut Butter, Banana, Raisin
Salad Wrap
Veggie and Cream Cheese
Pizza –Pepperoni, cheese, pizza sauce


Pizza Bites
Chicken Nuggets
Hummus & Pretzels
Grilled Chicken Strips
Soup (thermos)
Hot Dogs & Bun
Hard-Boiled Eggs
Pasta Salad
Mac & Cheese
Sausage balls
Macaroni Salad

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72 Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

Fruits & Vegetables

Baby carrots
Cucumber slices
grape tomatoes
Bell Pepper Strips

Sliced Peaches


Rice Krispie Treats
Chocolate Pudding
Mini Muffins
Graham Crackers
Snack Cakes
Homemade Cookies
Oreos- or favorite
Chocolate Chips
Fruit Roll-Ups


String Cheese
Fruit Snacks
Granola Bars
Pickle Spears
Cheese Cubes& Crackers
Trail Mix
Beef Jerky


Sugar-Free Flavor Packs and Water
Juice Boxes
Sparkling Water

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Be sure to check out my post on Back To School Morning Routines to help get everyone out the door on time. Also, be sure to check out 6 Ideas for Packing Healthy Lunches for Work.


  1. Totally saving this. We get free lunch at schol but my son doesn’t always like what they offer so these ideas are great for those days,

  2. We can always use kids’ lunch ideas in our house! This list is so helpful because it will keep us from getting in a rut and using the same things week after week. Thanks so much!

  3. I’m the type of person that needs to have lists like this to refer back to again and again so this was very helpful for me! Thanks for putting it together 🙂

  4. So many unique lunch ideas! When I was a kid, this is something that I always looks forward to lol thank you for this awesome compilation!

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