For those of us who choose to pack a lunch to go, finding containers that actually keep food contained can be a challenge. Because RNs have enough in their nurse bags already, we recommend lightweight materials like plastic for portability. Look for BPA-free containers, for extra quality control. Here's our personal picks for the best and worst.
Worst (we've all done it):
- Plastic grocery bags. They're convenient, but wrong on so many levels.
- The to-go box from last night's restaurant dinner.
- Fold over sandwich bag or paper towel. Hope springs eternal.
Best Food Containers
- For liquids like soups or stews, anything with a screw-on lid is likely to be spillproof. An insulated vessel will keep your food hot or cold.
- Containers that seal with a rubber gasket start out air-tight, but can wear out with repeated use and become hard to close. Wash and dry these by hand.
- These green-lidded lunch kit containers from are surprisingly effective. Dishwasher safe.
- An even more value-oriented option: these red-lidded storage containers.