As I write, my son is preparing for his last big day out of the summer. He’s going hiking with friends. He’s filling his many-pocketed pants with all of the essentials: compass, magnifying glass, pen & paper, little bottle (“What for?” “For play!”), binoculars, and SNACKS! A lot of snacks. My son stuffs his pockets full of nuts and fruit and cracks and cheese and carrots and grapes when he goes out. His lunch is in his backpack, but that’s just not the same, he tells me.
Lunch is wrapped in a cloth napkin with sides in glass containers. Glass containers don’t work in the pockets, though. When a kid is taking a snack in a pocket, he needs a reusable snack container that won’t add weight or bulk on his adventures. Zippered cloth bags are a perfect solution for young adventures’ snacks.
Itzy Ritzy Reusable Snack Bags
Our Itzy Ritzy reusable snack bags have been flying out the door. I know this is partly because they are just so cute, but parents also appreciate that they will no longer have to buy plastic baggies.
Itzy Ritzy bags are sandwich sized (7″ x 7″), though, and sometimes that’s just more than necessary for a small snack. The KangaSac reusable snack bags are half the size of the Itzy Ritzy reusable bags.
Colorful prints make Itzy Ritzy bags stand out.
KangaSac Reusable Snack Bags
If a 7″ x 7″ bag is just too big for your child’s snacks, KangaSac has smaller, 7″ x 4″, zippered bags that can fit a lot of snacks. The bright colored fabrics of KangaSac reusable bags are smooth enough that they take permanent marker very well, which means your child can personalize them. For my expressive children, drawing all over their stuff holds great appeal.
Protection for Soft Snacks
One of my concerns with snack bags is that they go into my son’s pockets and get squished. For softer, more delicate foods that you want to protect from getting smashed, it helped to have a snack container with a little more structure.
There are a couple of options for snack containers that will keep soft foods safe.
Kinderville Little Bites mini jars are a perfect size for snacks. They are made from 100% silicone, which makes them a little soft, but they offer more protection than zippered cloth bags. Small Little Bites jars hold just less than ½ cup.
To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Sidekick
For snacks that need the most protection, try the To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Mini Sidekick, which goes with the To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Food Carrier. The Sidekick holds about ½ cup.
My young adventurer has his pockets full of equipment and snacks, and I feel confident that while he is on his hike today he will be well fed and won’t be leaving any garbage behind.