Remembering, in the hazy, golden-warm days of summer, that school (and work) lunches need to be packed, feels a little bit like being hit with the door on the way out. (Oof.) But a not-sad desk lunch for you and/or your kiddos isn't an achievement to be won—it's just a rhythm to get into. And it starts with a little planning, a well-stocked pantry, and a few special touches.
Here are a few of our go-to very-not-sad lunches, plus the tools that make packing them even easier:
What was in your lunchbox as a kid? Tell us in the comments.