With that first day of school coming up, I’ve been looking at assorted lunch boxes and bags so that I can provide homemade, nutritious lunches for my child. I wasn’t crazy about most options, simply because they didn’t seem like they would keep something with mayonnaise cold enough until lunchtime. I’m also not a fan of putting ice packs in a kid’s lunch bag since they can leak – and have, in my cooler.
I received a review Packit lunch bag to test, and I admit that I was skeptical. It looks like a lunch bag that I used to carry to work. That lunch bag, long since retired, barely kept food cold for the half hour commute and little else. The Packit is agood size, though, and it looked like it could hold at least two of the square IKEA plastic containers I like to use for leftovers plus a bottle of water. Also, unlike other lunch bags, the Packit has more than just insulation down the front and back. It actually has the ice packs built in to the bag on the front, back and bottom.
Since school hasn’t started yet, I ran a couple of tests. First, I put the Packit in my freezer. It folds down to a neat rectangle, secures with Velcro, and fits tidily in the inner door rack in my smallish freezer. I froze it overnight, then unfolded the Packit, noting how the bottom, front and back were full of whatever gel is used to create the in-bag ice packs. And then my tests began.
Test #1: Diet Coke can
I took the now-frozen Packit out of the freezer before I went to bed, unfolded it, and placed it on my countertop. I then put a can of diet Coke in the Packit (I didn’t want to risk anything perishable, such was my skepticism), closed the Packit using the double-Velcro closures, and went to bed.
The next morning, about 8 hours later, the can of soda was still cold. The gel-ice had mostly melted, but the soda was cold.
Test #2: Lunch on the run
This time, I unfolded the frozen Packit and added a turkey/avocado/tomato/spinach wrap and a (surprise!) diet Coke and took it with me to run errands. After about an hour in my warm car, the Packit had successfully kept my wrap and soda chilled.
I’m very pleased with the Packit and would recommend it to any parent looking for a lunch bag that actually keeps food cold. It would also make a great work lunch bag, especially for workplaces where food theft is common.
Well done, Packit. Well done.