We blush with happiness whenever people write to us with questions and quickly scramble to find answers. This week we’re calling on all our readers to help lend their input on the following email question.
I pack a lunch for my preschooler nearly every day, and for myself at least two days a week. But I’m not happy with the drinks that go with these lunches. I either bring or buy a single-serving beverage — and it bugs me to pay almost $2 for a small bottle of milk.
I pack juice boxes for my daughter, but she’s had some trouble with her teeth and I would love to get away from all this juice. And of course, we’re throwing away these bottles and boxes at the end of each day.
I have lunchboxes, tupperware, water bottles, and I’m even considering getting some cloth bags to replace ziplock baggies. But I haven’t found a set of reusable beverage containers for our lunches. I’d love to hear how (okay, if) you and your readers have addressed this problem.
I’d love to find a set of beverage containers, ideally in two sizes, that I can fill with milk or some other drink and pack into our lunch boxes. I realize I may have to repurpose something; I’ve toyed with the idea of getting one of those packs of Starbucks Frappuccinos just for the glass bottles, but I’m not sure how well they’ll hold up.
Do you have any suggestions?”
I’ll give my input below, but please share yours too!
I think your idea about reusing Frappucino bottles is excellent! They’d probably hold up for years and if they do break or get lost, you haven’t wasted any money in the process. I’ve done the same thing with Snapple bottles. I just put them in the dishwasher along with our glasses and they come out perfectly clean and ready for action.
At our house the kids each have one Nalgene sippy cup (which my 4 year old still uses) as well as one Camelbak Kid’s Bottle with a straw. Maybe because I’m really boring, I just fill them up with water for my son’s lunch each day and it’s so much easier! I just have to rinse the bottles and I can just rotate between the two of them.
For my hydration needs, I have the Nathan Stainless Steel Flip Straw Water Bottle and I absolutely love it. It’s easy to load up with ice, easy to clean, and easy to use. For more ravings read my Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle post.
Please pitch in with your water bottle experiences!