Looking for the perfect lunch bag for the office? Start here!

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By Andrea Tomkins

I started a new job recently and along with this big milestone I decided it was a good opportunity to kickstart some healthy habits to go along with it. These include:

  1. Walking to work every day.
  2. Drinking more water.
  3. Bringing a big healthy homemade lunch every day.

Number one and two are going very well so far. I had all the equipment I needed! Number three started with a new purchase at terra20.

The weekend before I started work I realized that my current reusable lunch bag did not work with my lunch plan. I’d been researching recipes for big salads and grain bowls that (a) featured healthy veggies and lean meats (b) sufficiently fuelled my work day and walk home at the end of the day. These kinds of meals tend to require larger containers, and I also knew that once I added some fruit or a second container to the mix that I would definitely need a larger lunch bag than the one I had.

I also wanted an insulated lunch bag that would keep my food cool. I wasn’t sure if there was an office fridge and what kind of access I had to it. (In hindsight, this was a good move because the office fridge is stuffed to the brim. I couldn’t squeeze my lunch in there even if I tried.)

I wanted to be 100% sure it fit the new lunch bag so I grabbed one of my own clean lunch containers and set out for the Pinecrest location of terra20. (The litterless lunch section here is huge and I was confident I’d find what I needed!)

The Fit & Fresh brand of insulated lunch bags caught my eye and I made a beeline to the display. Some of them come with their own set of plastic containers, which was handy, but not what I was after since I was keen to use my own.

The style I chose has a simple black and white pattern, and I was pleased to see that it comes with a slim reusable ice pack, which is kept in an interior side pocket and hardly takes up any space.

he bag itself has a wide, flat bottom and an interior that can be easily wiped clean. I tried it out with my glass lunch container inside and it fit perfectly with room to spare. Yay! Sturdy handles and reinforced stitching sealed the deal. I later discovered I could also tuck my 16oz water bottle in there too. SCORE. This meant that there’s one less thing to carry on the way to the lunch area.

I’ve been using it ever since and I’m calling it a win. It’s stylish and practical. In fact, a total stranger complimented my lunch bag on the first day of work. I’m not even kidding.

The Fit & Fresh brand of insulated lunch bags caught my eye and I made a beeline to the display. Some of them come with their own set of plastic containers, which was handy, but not what I was after since I was keen to use my own.

The style I chose has a simple black and white pattern, and I was pleased to see that it comes with a slim reusable ice pack, which is kept in an interior side pocket and hardly takes up any space.

he bag itself has a wide, flat bottom and an interior that can be easily wiped clean. I tried it out with my glass lunch container inside and it fit perfectly with room to spare. Yay! Sturdy handles and reinforced stitching sealed the deal. I later discovered I could also tuck my 16oz water bottle in there too. SCORE. This meant that there’s one less thing to carry on the way to the lunch area.

I’ve been using it ever since and I’m calling it a win. It’s stylish and practical. In fact, a total stranger complimented my lunch bag on the first day of work. I’m not even kidding.

The Fit & Fresh brand of insulated lunch bags caught my eye and I made a beeline to the display. Some of them come with their own set of plastic containers, which was handy, but not what I was after since I was keen to use my own.

The style I chose has a simple black and white pattern, and I was pleased to see that it comes with a slim reusable ice pack, which is kept in an interior side pocket and hardly takes up any space.

The bag itself has a wide, flat bottom and an interior that can be easily wiped clean. I tried it out with my glass lunch container inside and it fit perfectly with room to spare. Yay! Sturdy handles and reinforced stitching sealed the deal. I later discovered I could also tuck my 16oz water bottle in there too. SCORE. This meant that there’s one less thing to carry on the way to the lunch area.

I’ve been using it ever since and I’m calling it a win. It’s stylish and practical. In fact, a total stranger complimented my lunch bag on the first day of work. I’m not even kidding.

Although my lunch bag is pretty close to perfect, there are a few little features that would make it even better.

  • A second, longer strap so I had the option to carry it over my shoulder. (This would have been really handy, especially since I’m walking to work every day!)
  • A pocket on the exterior so I could easily bring my phone, cutlery, or office key.

But this obviously wasn’t a deal breaker for me. More importantly, my lunches are always cool at lunchtime. It might be worth noting they are cool, not fridge-temperature cold, so if you’re worried about this you could easily sneak a second small ice pack in there.

Writing this post made me realize how many features lunch bags have nowadays. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for your children as back-to-school season approaches, it’s important to consider how lunch systems are used in your family and what would meet those needs the best. (I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time thinking about lunch bags but it’s paid off!)

I like that my new lunch bag can easily accommodate any kind of lunch I pack. In the meantime, my lunchbag is helping me eat well! In fact, I’m closer than ever to reaching my weight loss goal. Who knew a lunch bag can achieve so much?

About the Author

Andrea Tomkins

Andrea Tomkins is an informavore with a passion for social media and multimedia storytelling. She is the editor of a community newspaper in Ottawa as well as a freelance writer. She’s also is a veteran of the Canadian blogging scene.

First conceived in 1999, her blog – a peek inside the fishbowl – has been featured in notable publications such as the Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Canadian Family Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. Today, she loves to write about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, and good food.

Follow Andrea on Twitter: @missfish

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