Well ladies and gentlemen, the time has come again to put away the at-home craft kits, colouring books, and sports equipment that's been spread out over your backyard for the last month or so. 

Why? The end of January signals the start of a new school term and with that, your little one's will be packing their books, grabbing their backpacks and excitedly anticipating seeing their friends again. 

While it might be hard to say goodbye to them (sometimes), what's even harder is figuring out what essentials they need so they're fully prepared to undertake their learning journey! 

From lunch boxes to drink bottles, we've put together a list of the must-have items your child needs to start this school year off on the right foot. 

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Yumbox

Yumbox is the brand behind child-friendly lunch boxes designed off of the traditional Japanese style bento box, and are great for packing nutritionally balanced meals in a low waste manner.

These bento boxes are designed with multiple compartments that are separately sealed by a single silicone seal inside the lid of the lunch box making these lunch boxes leak-proof.

This seal means that you can pack dips, yoghurt, salad dressings and so many other wet ingredients inside it without having to worry about any accidental leaks or spills. Sounds like a win to us! 

https://matchbox.com.au/products/tapas-5-compartment-dreamy-purple

If you're looking for an easy way to pack a nutritionally balanced meal in minutes then the bento boxes by Yumbox are definitely your new best friend. 

Perfect for tapas style school lunches, toddler's meals and other snacks, these lunch boxes make eating away from home so much easier! Not only will your child love the fun and coloruful illustrations, but we can (almost) bet that they'll eat everything you pack! 

Features of Yumbox bento boxes: 

  • Made from food safe and BPA-free materials 
  • Leak-proof for wet foods (not water) 
  • Child-friendly latch 
  • Interchangeable trays with themed illustrations 
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack), hand wash the lid 

Shop the Yumbox range at Matchbox

YUMBOX Original 6 Compartment Bento Style Lunch Box - True Blue

Avanti YumYum Lunch Bags

Avanti homewares has been a household name for quality kitchenware and gadgets for over 20 years. With stylish and functional, high-quality tools for your kitchen you can become a master of the culinary arts in no time.

Not only do they stock everything you could possibly need in the kitchen, they also have a large range of child-friendly items that are perfect for them to to take to school! 

Make sure your child is ready for their first day back with these fun lunch bags. Featuring ultra-strong handles for easy carrying, this reusable lunch bag has a fully insulated interior so your child's lunch will remain fresher for longer and features a colourful pattern that's sure to bring a smile to their face.

Avanti yum yum lunch bags

Features of YumYum Lunch Bags 

  • Made from food safe and BPA free materials 
  • Leak-proof lining 
  • Insulated to help keep food fresh 
  • Double zip opening 
  • Name and address label 
  • Bottle holder 
  • Ice brick holder
  • Carry handle 
  • Dimensions: 20cm x 27cm x 11cm 

Shop the Avanti YumYum range of lunch bags at Matchbox

 AVANTI Yumyum Lunch Bag - Unicorn Dreaming  AVANTI Yumyum Lunch Bag - Camo Shark

Avanti Drink Bottles 

Speaking of must-have items to take to school by Avanti, their range of drink bottles are sure to have your children meeting their daily hydration goals! 

Offering the perfect solution to keep drinks cold during the day, these reusable drink bottles are made out of 18/8 stainless steel and are completely BPA free and non-toxic. 

Featuring your child's favourite patterns from butterflies and mermaids, to dinosaurs and sharks, these drink bottles are guaranteed to last the school year making you one very happy parent! 

Avanti drink bottle

Features of Avanti Drink Bottles 

  • Made from 18/8 stainless steel construction 
  • BPA free and non-toxic 
  • Condensation free 
  • Drip free slipping 
  • Temperature retention 
  • Capacity: 500ml 

Shop Avanti's range of drink bottles at Matchbox 

Appetito Snack & Sandwich Bags

There is so much to love about the Appetito range of kitchen tools and gadgets for your home!

Appetito has a wide range of items designed to make your life easier in the kitchen and is dedicated to delivering useful, well-priced, high-quality items to help everyday cooks create simple, tasty meals. 

As if that wasn't enough, this brand also specialises in handy, reusable sandwich and snack bags that fit perfectly into children's lunch boxes! 

 APPETITO Reusable Sandwich Bag - 21.5 x 19.5cm Green APPETITO Reusable Snack Bag - 21.5cm x 12.5cm - Green

Features of Appetito Snack Bags 

  • Made from FDA grade material 
  • Gusset base 
  • Zip-lock seal 
  • BPA and lead free 
  • Waterproof and leak-proof 
  • Reusable 
  • Freezable 

Shop Appetito's range of sandwich bags at Matchbox

Sachi Lunch Pockets 

Dedicated to providing you with easy to use, everyday functional items, Sachi specialises in insulated lunch bags and other back to school items that are a must-have for your children. 

Whether your child prefers camo green, building blocks or unicorns, there's a sachi school essential for everyone! 

Perfect for ensuring their favourite snacks stay fresher longer, these lunch pockets are the best alternative to single-use, disposable plastic packaging and are made to be used everyday! 

SACHI Lunch Pockets Set of 2 - Pirate Party

Features of Sachi Lunch Pockets 

  • Made out of food-safe and BPA free materials 
  • Reusable 
  • Strong, velcro close 
  • Keeps food fresher for longer 
  • Dishwasher safe 

Shop Sachi's range of lunch pockets at Matchbox

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