I think Thermos is a brand I’ve always seen as for grown ups. You know the flask of hot tea for those days on the beach when it’s less than warm and sunny. We often take a thermos flask of tea with us on a long train journey or on a road trip, as it’s nice to have a quick cuppa. It saves you money and time because there’s no hanging around in a queue waiting to be served. I hadn’t really considered them for children’s products like lunch boxes and water bottles. That said, it’s clear that Thermos know a thing or two about keeping things hot (or cold), so in many ways they seem the perfect choice. A Thermos for school works very well I’ve found.
We have been trying out two different products: the Double Wall Hydration Bottle and the Football FUNtainer™ Food Flask. The Double Wall Hydration Bottle has a smart, sleek design with plenty of capacity for a busy and thirsty school day. There’s a good quality cap that fits over the top of the spout. The spout is very easy to drink from and water flows from it freely – I think it would be best for juniors or secondary school children as the water does come out fairly quickly. I love that you can open the cap with just one hand, but it does take a few goes to master the (easy) technique – or maybe that was just me. Because the bottle has a double wall it does a good job of keeping drinks cool, but the outside of the bottle doesn’t feel cold which is great for days that start chilly, but get warmer. It’s a tough, dependable bottle and I can see us getting a lot of use out of this one. It’s one that I’d be happy to take out and about with me too. I often take a bottle of water with me to the swimming pool or out on a countryside walk. It’s good to have something that can cope with the odd knock, will keep your drink cold and is easy to drink out of.
Increasingly now we have a complex after school week, with various activities at different times, which all conspire to make getting a proper evening meal into H rather difficult. He’s keen to keep having packed lunches though, so we are working our way through it. Sometimes it’s good to be able to take along something warm to eat with us in the afternoon or evening, so he can eat it wherever we are. This is where the Funtainer Food Flask comes into its own. I find it works well with anything that you can spoon out to eat like baked beans or a thick soup or stew. Baked potatoes are an option too. Just cut them through, pop in some grated cheese and I wrap them in something to make them easier to hold to eat. You can just bite into them. Delicious!