PackIt LLC Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure, Black

Last updated date: August 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 111 expert reviews, the PackIt LLC PackIt LLC Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure, Black placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Insulated Lunch Box for a detailed review of all the top insulated lunch boxes.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
4,753 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
There are literally hundreds of different variations, colors, and patterns so no matter the person or their interests there is likely a choice that fits them.
- The Cooler Zone
I couldn’t help admiring the entire design. It isn’t too large, but it offers enough space for him to carry everything conveniently.
- The 10 Pro
January 16, 2019 | Full review
This lunch box has an inherent ice pack and does not need you to use any added cooling stuff.
- Listderful
Customers love this product because it can fit easily into the main bag thus no need for extra baggage.
- The Z9
This bag is created with strong materials in order for you to utilize it for many years without tearing or wearing out. It will keep the food in this bag for a long time and it will absorb any unwanted odors and toxins.
- All Top Ten Reviews
July 7, 2019 | Full review
This bag features PackIt’s patented cooling technology, which utilizes freezable gel that is permanently built into the bag. Just throw it in the freezer for 12 hours, and it’s good to go—no need for ice packs.
- Heavy
May 13, 2019 | Full review
In its “storage” configuration, the Packit can be folded in half and kept in the freezer overnight (where it takes up about as much room as a clutch purse); when it’s being used, it unfolds, and is about the same size and shape as a textbook. The bag zippers shut, and it also has a flap that fastens shut with Velcro. You could definitely fit an adult-sized lunch in here, but lunch AND a beverage AND an ice pack might be a tight squeeze.
- Reviewed
May 12, 2019 | Full review
You can have your snacks, drinks or even sandwich kept cool as you enjoy your vacation or trip. It features a patented freezable gel that is built into liner hence no need for ice or other gel packs. All you need to do is fold your pack flat and freeze it overnight.
- Double Best Review
PackIt Freezable makes meals on the go easy. Simply throw it in the freezer overnight and it's ready for hours of chilling the next day.
- Wiki EZ Vid
April 25, 2019 | Full review
Many different color options to choose from. Lead free and non toxic.
- Hombre Golf Club
July 18, 2019 | Full review
Outside part of the cooler is made from durable polyester canvas. The lining inside is water resistant and completely safe for your food. It’s tested to be eco-friendly – completely free from PVC, BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde and other harmful substances.
- Globo Turf
June 28, 2019 | Full review
The bag has a friendly variety of colors and patterns all over it that can make one salivate. The bag has a regular shape and it’s not too big even though it’s heavy.
- Lunch Box Report
Inbuilt freezable gel liner frosting chills down items keeping them fresh for hours. Generous capacity for a sandwich, snack, and a 340ml drink.
- Lunch Box Hub
What experts didn't like
They do a pretty poor job of keeping items cool for very long (since the bag itself is supposed to be what is doing the cooling) has construction issues and weak materials, expensive for the storage size.
- The Cooler Zone
Somehow small in size
- All Top Ten Reviews
July 7, 2019 | Full review
Some consumers have complained that the velcro tends to wear out after a while. This bag is on the small side, so it may not be ideal for overnight trips or moms who pump a ton of milk every day at work.
- Heavy
May 13, 2019 | Full review
A fair number of user reviews reported that the Velcro came off of the bag or failed to keep the outside flap shut, which renders the Packit’s handle ineffective.
- Reviewed
May 12, 2019 | Full review
Unfortunately, its Velcro strap is weak and can pop open unexpectedly.
- Wiki EZ Vid
April 25, 2019 | Full review
The velcro closure could be better quality. Not as large as other bags.
- Hombre Golf Club
July 18, 2019 | Full review
The Velcro used for this bag is not reliable. The bag is heavy.
- Lunch Box Report
Velcro closure susceptible to breakage although the zip goes to the top.
- Lunch Box Hub

From The Manufacturer

PackIt’s Freezable Lunch Bag is the original bag with built-in cooling that keeps anything you pack cooler, longer. The secret is PackIt’s patented cooling technology. Freezable gel is permanently built into the lunch bag so you’ll never need to buy separate freezable ice packs or gel packs again! To use, fold the PackIt Freezable Lunch bag flat and store it in the freezer overnight (12 hours). In the morning, the walls of the lunch bag will be completely frozen and ready to chill items for hours. PackIt Lunch Bags chill food all day, letting you pack healthy foods that would spoil in other bags such as: yogurt, deli meat, milk, fruits and veggies. The cooling power lasts long enough to bring home leftovers, which reduces waste and saves you money. A zippered closure locks in cool, dry air and a buckle handle easily clip onto totes, backpacks or strollers. This soft lunch bag is made from nontoxic poly canvas and has a food-safe, water-resistant lining. Like all PackIt products, the Freezable Lunch Bag is made from PVC-, BPA-, phthalate-, formaldehyde- and lead-free materials. PackIt's Freezable Lunch Bag measures 10 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 5 inches deep while open. When folded, this lunch bag measures 8 inches wide, 5 inches deep and 2 inches tall for easy and compact storage in the freezer. Simple care: wipe thoroughly or hand wash the interior and spot clean exterior; allow bag to dry completely before freezing. Not machine or dishwasher safe.

Overall Product Rankings

1. XM Bag ThinkFit Insulated Lunch Boxes
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 18
2. MEIR Adult Lunch Box Insulated Lunch Bag
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 14
3. Zuzuro Lunch Bag Insulated Cooler Lunch Box
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 16
4. MAZFORCE Original Insulated Lunch Bag
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Hango Adult Lunch Box Insulated Lunch Bag
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
6. HighSpeedDaddy Tactical Lunch Bag
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch Bag, Medium
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
8. PackIt LLC Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure, Black
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 13
10. Wildkin Insulated Lunch Box
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Insulated Lunch Boxes

Lunch boxes have come a long way since the metal ones kids took to school decades ago. Today’s lunch boxes are well insulated to allow you to keep food temperatures hot or cold for hours at a time. But these soft-sided lunch boxes also come with some challenges, so it’s important to know what to look for before you shop.

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Insulation is the key to temperature control. Although the right insulation can help maintain the cool temperatures your items need in the lunch box after you bring them over from the refrigerator, an ice pack can help. Some lunch boxes also offer separate compartments for cold and hot items to allow you to carry both at the same time.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Storage containers are a great way to pack your favorite items, but it can be tough to find the right size to fit into your lunch box. Some boxes come with containers, making this far easier. If you opt for this, make sure the containers are safe to use in the microwave and wash in the dishwasher. Some lunch boxes come with bento box-style containers, and those are great for keeping portion sizes at a minimum, so look for those if that’s your preference.

For our parenting expert, Kate Desmond, finding an insulated lunch box that’s big enough to fit bento boxes for her kids is a major bonus. This helps eliminate the need for plastic bags, which is another plus.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

In addition to compartments for your containers and food items, exterior pockets can come in handy. You’ll have a place to store items like cutlery and condiments or, if you prefer, handy storage for your keys and cellphone. With some lunch boxes, you’ll also get extra pockets on the outside for one or more bottles of water.

“Something to keep in mind if purchasing an insulated lunch box for your kids is ease of opening and closing,” Desmond says. “You want to make sure the box you choose is workable for little fingers. It’s already hard enough for them to put their straw in their juice box and open their yogurt tube, don’t make your kid’s teacher or lunch lady do more work by also having to help them open and close their lunch box.”

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

When you get home each day, you’ll need to set a little extra time aside to get your lunch box ready for the next use. That means removing all items, wiping the inside clean, and setting it out to dry. You’ll have to wash your containers and make sure they’re ready to go by the next day, if you pack a lunch every workday. Also don’t forget to put your ice packs in the freezer so they’ll be ready for use, even if you aren’t sure how long it will be until the next time you need them.

DYWM Fun Fact

Bento boxes date all the way back to the 5th century, when farmers and hunters in Japan used compartmentalized boxes to pack their lunches for work each day. The design was inspired by farmer’s seed boxes, with compartments designed to hold food items like rice and vegetables separately. The design eventually spread to other countries. The word “bento” is actually derived from a slang term that means “convenient.” The design has been imitated in many other ways over the centuries, including the compartments used in TV dinners in the mid- to late 20th century. Today, bentos are popular on sites like Reddit and Pinterest.

The Insulated Lunch Box Buying Guide

  • If you plan to pack your food in containers, make sure you choose a lunch box that will hold your chosen container size. To make things easier, some bags come with containers that fit perfectly. XM Bag ThinkFit Insulated Lunch Boxes have six food containers and a reusable ice pack. You’ll also get a shaker cup with three storage compartments for mixing meal replacement shakes. Lastly, these boxes include a pill storage container to keep everything in one place. The Zuzuro Lunch Bag Insulated Cooler Lunch Box has three containers, each large enough for a small meal.
  • When a lunch box comes with containers, look to make sure you can wash them in the dishwasher, as well as heat up food in them in the microwave. The containers and lids with XM Bag ThinkFit Insulated Lunch Boxes are all dishwasher safe. Although the containers on the Zuzuro Lunch Bag Insulated Cooler Lunch Box are dishwasher and microwave safe, the lids aren’t microwaveable, so you’ll need to take those off first.
  • You may need ice packs to keep cold food chilly longer. XM Bag ThinkFit Insulated Lunch Boxes have one reusable ice pack, while the Zuzuro Lunch Bag Insulated Cooler Lunch Box has two ice packs, but you can easily find packs to fit if your chosen lunch box doesn’t come with one.
  • Most people want to carry both warm and cold items at the same time. Some lunch boxes meet this challenge by providing separate compartments, each insulated to maintain the temperature of the items inside them. The MIER Adult Lunch Box Insulated Lunch Bag features separate upper and lower compartments that you can use to split up your cold and hot food. The Zuzuro Lunch Bag Insulated Cooler Lunch Box has three separate insulated compartments, along with a fourth area for holding room temperature items like cookies.
  • Temperature control is always a challenge, but today’s insulation technology accomplishes this more capably than ever before. XM Bag ThinkFit Insulated Lunch Boxes use double insulation, promising to keep food cold or warm for as long as 10 hours. The MIER Adult Lunch Box Insulated Lunch Bag and MAZFORCE Original Insulated Lunch Bag use thick insulation, while the Zuzuro Lunch Bag Insulated Cooler Lunch Box uses thick PEVA lining.
  • One small touch you may not consider when you’re buying a lunch box is an extra storage compartment for items like cutlery and condiments. If you need to tuck a water bottle into a pocket on the outside, look for that, as well. The MIER Adult Lunch Box Insulated Lunch Bag has an extra zippered pocket, while the Zuzuro Lunch Bag Insulated Cooler Lunch Box has both a small pocket for items and two fully-insulated water bottle holders.
  • Size can be a challenge with lunch boxes. You want a bag that’s large enough to store all your items, but you also need it to be small enough to be portable. The size you choose will depend on your own personal preferences. The MAZFORCE Original Insulated Lunch Bag is small enough to slide into a backpack or tote bag, but it’s also limited on storage inside, making it more ideal for those who take snacks or small lunches. The MIER Adult Lunch Box Insulated Lunch Bag is larger, but its removable shoulder strap makes it easy to carry as a crossbody bag if you prefer. It still will be too big to squeeze comfortably into your office refrigerator, though.