Back to school is a bittersweet time of year. The kids are getting older and bigger and summer is ending, but also you can say buh-bye to expensive summer camps and extra hot weather. You get back to early bedtimes, but you have to pack lunches again. Well, these inventive LA parents have come up with some big new ideas and products that make the start of the school year sweet and simple.

Neat-O’s Reusable Baggies

Now you know what to put in your lunchbox, but what do you package the food in? We can’t stand packing plastic baggies, but glass and metal containers can get heavy for little ones to carry. LA native Rachel Ostroy solved the dilemma with Neat-O’s. These baggies can be reused hundreds of times, let you see the contents without opening, and can even be personalized with drawings or labels. They come in multiple sizes and all close with zippers, so you don’t have to worry about trying to scrape off dried food from velcro. With these awesome little gems, you might actually look forward to packing lunches every morning.

Available online: neat-os.com

photo credit: Neat-O's

What are your local Back to School secrets? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose