Our men and women in the construction sector require nothing less than an energy giving lunch meal. Failure to which you are bound to notice their less productivity.
Regardless of the city you are in today, you must have noticed this diligent men and women taking their long break at around noon.
The reason is always to rejuvenate the body. We all need it sometime right?
These lunch boxes are the indicators of some free food time. You will see them sitting on benches with their containers/bags, on stones or under trees if there are any around the construction site.
WHAT IS A LUNCHBOX
As the name suggests so it is. You could define it as a box or can where you keep your food and cover with a lid. The food is kept there for the purpose of using it for your lunch.
Most kids carry the lunchboxes to school but aside from them, construction workers and office workers also use them.
THE FALSE PREMISE
Contrary to most beliefs, the containers don’t only belong to school going children. I know you must have seen the boxes that are decorated in the latest trending cartoon example (Sophia the first). My daughter will gladly carry or eat anything that has the cartoon on the package. Mind you, she is a poor feeder.
Now there are containers meant for construction workers, working mums and dads.
THE BUYING GUIDE FEATURES TO LOOK FOR
For your construction workers, the main thing to consider is that they are always working outside and taking some heavy roles. This means that an ideal meal will focus on quantity more than quality. Considering their large appetite, therefore, means that the lunchbox should have big compartments.
With that said let us check some of the factors:
When it comes to the workers’ lunchboxes it may depend on whether they have other heating sources at work like a microwave. The best option though is to have a box that has a high level of heat retention ability.
This is because most of the sites don’t allow the workers to use the microwaves to heat their meals. However, if you are allowed to heat your meal, you may consider the lunchboxes that make your food stay cool until lunchtime.
- Size of the container
For the construction worker the quantity of food matters. You want to buy a lunchbox that carries enough food for you. While it should carry a large amount of food it doesn’t have to be very big on the outside. Look for designs that have suitable compartmentalization.
- Hard or soft containers
While soft containers allow you to fit additional food and are easy to carry because you can press them into your bag I wouldn’t advise people to use these containers. I prefer the hard ones for a construction worker since the material used to make it must be strong.
I say this because the kind of job they do may not allow you to keep the containers safely on your desks or kitchen. This means that if you have soft containers, you will buy new ones every day.
- The handles
This is essential for all reasons that you are buying the lunchbox for. Always ensure that the lunchbox is easy to carry. Unless you are so sure that you won’t need to carry it around. Some lunchboxes have optional shoulder straps and I think they would work fine for such jobs.
- Spill-proof lunchboxes
Whenever I’m buying a lunchbox, this is a factor that I never take for granted. I learned the hard way when buying the boxes for my daughter. It would always look so appealing and with the exact features I need but when she’s back from school, I would find her books wet food stains.
Pay close attention to whether your lunchbox is leak proof to avoid staining all your other clothes and things that are in the bag.
- Is it stain resistant
Considering the fact that you will be using this lunchbox frequently you should choose one that is stain resistant. Remember, the market is flooded with containers that are made of materials that are susceptible to stains.
As a construction worker, you want to buy a lunchbox that is easy to clean because for one, you don’t have so much time at your disposal to sweat in cleaning it. Besides, if your lunchbox is hard to clean, it will harbor dirt or stains if you don’t clean it properly which may lead to bacterial infection.
This is one major factor for any item. You want to buy a lunchbox that will last long. I prefer one that can last up to a year.
BENEFITS OF USING A LUNCHBOX
Since we all know that the construction worker needs a highly nutritious yet energy giving meal for high performance, it’s better to pack such meals from home. This is because if you will decide to buy food in town you will most likely opt for snacks like chips which aren’t nutritious at all.
Below are the benefits
- It saves time
The amount of time you would have used to go look for food or go back home and cook is used to rest. This means that when it’s time to begin working again, your body will have gained enough rest.
- It allows you the flexibility
We all need vital nutrients for our bodies to function properly. If you are going to pack the food yourself, you will know how to ensure you pack some bits of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and all other nutrients.
- Saves money
The fact that you carry food means you don’t have to buy a lot of snacks when you are working. In fact, you may even carry leftovers from your previous meal. Therefore, the money that you would have otherwise used on food, is used for other roles.
- You know what is enough
You are the one packing the food and you are the one eating it. I know you definitely know what is enough for you. Unlike buying where you may be served less for more money.
TOP 10 LUNCHBOXES
This is your nice quality and durable bag that has very strong zippers. You may use the upper compartments to store your water or snacks. This lunchbox is water repellent which means that even if it is rained on, your foodstuffs will still remain intact.
It’s large enough to hold about 6-packs of your food with various compartments for you to arrange the food. This box will keep your food cool. Its main compartment keeps your food safe from the dangerous temperatures even if you have to work under strong heat.
It’s convenient for a construction worker. It even has a shoulder strap handle and the material used to make the lunchbox is very strong.
The double-layered lunchbox comes with adjustable straps. At the top layer, you can place your knives forks and spoons while at the down layer, you can place your food, fruits, snacks and drinks. The insulation effect of the cooler keeps your food either hot or cold for about 12 hours.
Your bag assures you of its waterproof and oilproof nature. It’s further portable and convenient for you to use if you need to travel. It’s made using non-toxic, odorless and water-resistant oxford fabric. The lunchbox is large enough to store your food drinks and other necessities you may need.
It’s made using a super lining, EPA foam and metal lining which is light and portable. It is also reusable and a practical way to carry your meals. It has a padded shoulder strap and carrying handle for maximum comfort.
It keeps your food and drinks cold in it’s 3 fully insulated compartments. It will insulate between 4-6 of your meals. To be precise, it has 2 zipping systems, 2 insulated side pockets and 2 inside mesh pockets for you to store your forks knives and spoons.
This item keeps your drinks hot or cold for 24 hours. The item has different storage compartments with insulators to keep the inside cold. The lid design further allows you to keep your thermos in place. It further has perfect handles for easy carrying of the food.
It is not too big yet it carries just enough foodstuff for your convenience. I like the fact that since it is small, you can carry it and your construction tools together. The cooling effect lasts between 12-18hours.
This 9-piece lunch bag will suit almost every meal you need plus some water. It may be used by both adults and kids. The admirable thing about it is that it will keep your food at your desired temperature. It further has leak-proof containers.
Talk of a good and comfortable handle and shoulder grip that allows you to carry the food around. The BPA free materials that are used to make the food container ensures you retain the original taste of your food.
This bag is made using a heavy duty 840D polyester material. It further has an extra liner with multiple pockets and strong zipping. Because it has a thick lining, it is known to allow the food to last long. The item is easy to clean in case you have food spillage.
Talk of a durably constructed item with a lot of room for your food and accessories. This is perfect to carry your food for a whole day. The handles are also strong making it easy to move around with. The item is lightweight and portable.
This is one of the best bags available in the market for construction workers today. It is made from a durable fabric material that makes the bag appear sturdy. Its color is so visible that you will not have to wonder where you kept it.
It has a flip top zipper front that will provide easy access to your lunch. It has a sturdy foam construction that will keep your cold food cold and warm food warm. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy the bright orange color because you can choose from a wide range of colors available.
It also has accessible side pockets for your easy access storage with a reflectable top for safety purposes.
It’s a lunchbox that is made using durable material that has the ability to retain the food temperature between 4-6 hours without you putting ice cubes. Its versatile uses include acting as a lunchbox, cooler bag and warming bag.
Carrying it is easy using the adjustable straps with a shoulder pad and additional each side mesh pocket. You further have a front pocket which is suitable for your mid-morning snack.
This lunchbox features stainless steel containers and a neoprene bag that keeps the food hot or cold. It is safe since its an FDA approved item with reusable airtight lids. This lunchbox is big enough to suit every kind of food you need.
It is easy to clean in a dishwasher and assures you of reduced leakages.
This is the worlds most famous lunchbox that features a great design and versatile functions.
You don’t have to worry about the food spilling all over with the leakproof containers. It’s suitable for keeping anything from vegetables to pasta to sauces and snacks. The food temperatures are retained for a longer period of time with this tool.
Within it is a tin that’s microwave and dishwasher safe therefore it allows you to reheat your food whenever there is a need.
If you are careful and taking care of your lunchbox, its lifespan is inevitably long. Make sure you use the frozen ice pack for your lunch cooler box. If you purchase stainless steel material the durability is also said to be inevitably long.
You and I both know that construction isn’t the easy ride job out there, if you want to be effective at work, you may need to ensure that you have your healthy lunch meal.