Food Allergy Parents take food with us pretty much wherever we go to make sure we have safe food. So what are some of the best containers and tools available to help make this task a little easier? Here are our favorite on-the-go food containers and tools that hopefully can make food allergy life a little easier for you too!
1. HOT LOGIC MINI
If I want a hot meal, I always reach for our Hot Logic Mini warmer. It plugs into an outlet and has a warming tray.
You can warm food up before you leave, in the car (like our van has an outlet in the back), or when you get somewhere like a hotel or friend’s house.
The Pyrex 3-cup rectangular containers fit perfectly and help make eating a warm lunch on the go possible, even if you don’t have access to a microwave or oven.
2. PYREX 3-CUP RECTANGULAR
We have two of these rectangular glass Pyrex containers and always grab one to go in our Hot Logic. You’ll frequently find out Chicken Brats and Hot Dogs from Aldi lined up in one of these so the whole family can have a warm meal on the go.
3. REUSABLE STASHER BAGS
Honestly, I got sick of buying and throwing away plastic bags. It seemed like such a waste and I knew it was bad for the planet. So, I got a set of reusable Stasher bags and fell in love!
Now I have LOTS of Stasher bags! A little about them:
- they’re made from food grade silicone
- clean by hand or top rack of the dishwasher
- use in the freezer, refrigerator, pantry, or to take snacks on the go
- 5 different sizes, from half gallon to pocket size
We don’t have the pocket size yet, but we do have all four of the other sizes and use them daily to store food at home or take our allergy-safe food on-the-go.
4. PLANETBOX LUNCHBOX
An easy way to make lunches more fun for kids (even if they’re restricted due to food allergies) is to have a fun bento-box style lunchbox!
We are very happy with the Planetbox Launch Lunchbox for our kids because:
- the size and compartments are just the right size for our kids’ appetites (they eat a lot for their size)
- we prefer stainless steel over plastic
- they’re dishwasher safe!
- kids loved getting to pick out their own magnets to make their lunchbox special
You can buy a PlanetBox Launch with a cool carry bag on Amazon or order just the box direct from the Planetbox website.
Need some new lunch ideas? Here are 10 Allergy-Friendly Bento Box Lunch Ideas that we packed in our PlanetBox.
5. SNUG FLASK WATER BOTTLE
We take water bottles wherever we go. I’ve tried many different ones and so far these Snug Flask Water Bottles for Kids are my favorite!
They have a straw, the lid closes (keeps out germs, bugs, and dirty fingers), and a carrier ring so it’s easy to carry with just one finger. They’re thin so they fit in cup holders in car seats, cars, and strollers. Plus, the mouth piece is silicone but lasts a lot longer than the other brands we bought, where we were always having to replace the tops.
6. CROCK-POT LUNCH WARMER
Finally, this crock-pot lunch warmer is another handy way to eat a warm meal on the go. I bought one of these when I was packing lunches for work every day and hated the long line for the microwave.
You can pack soups, stews, casseroles, pasta, oatmeal in here. I plugged it into the outlet when I got to work in the morning and it was always piping hot whenever I could sneak in bites for lunch. We haven’t used this a ton with the kids yet but as we do longer trips, we’ll take this when we are going somewhere with an outlet but I don’t want to spend a bunch of time cooking, like camping in a camper, hanging at a friend’s house, or staying in a hotel.