Keeping packed lunches cool

  • Use a insulated bag with an icepack from the freezer to pack your child’s lunch in on really hot days, or choose a lunchbox with a built-in freezer block
  • If your school can’t refrigerate lunches, pop a bottle of water in the freezer overnight to act as an ice pack as it thaws.
  • Freeze sandwiches once you’ve made them. Take them out of the freezer in the morning and they’ll defrost ready for lunchtime
  • Freeze yoghurt in a secure container. Again, take it out in the morning and it should stay cool until lunchtime while it defrosts
  • Pack salad ingredients separately rather than within sandwiches – bread goes even soggier in the heat
  • Ask your school to provide lunchbox storage out of the sun.