Keep It Cool- A Packit & Weelicious Giveaway

Life with my husband can be… interesting. He works for the FDA. He has a masters in food science. He knows WAY too much about every restaurant I ever want to eat at. He can ruin salad bars and Chinese buffets for you in 30 seconds.

Naturally, he’s a touch protective about the food our kids eat, the manner in which they eat them, and the temps the food is at when they eat it. The man has his very own fancy-pants digital food thermometer, and I swear he would haul it to every BBQ we get invited to if he knew I wouldn’t die from embarrassment… or rolling my eyes too hard.

I got a big box full of every size of Packit cooler available earlier in the summer, and I think it was one of the most exciting perks of my job ever for him.

As you can see, we use them for a lot more than just school lunches (though it is super awesome to have a bag big enough to fit Kendall’s Goodbyn in). The wine bag carries 2 bottles of wine OR you can take the divider out and use it as an extra tall lunch bag, or even to keep a bottle of juice cool on your way to a playdate. (Or a bottle of juice on one side and a bottle of champagne on the other for traveling mimosas… just a thought. A brilliant one.)

I love using the tiny one for breastmilk storage when I’m traveling on short trips. For longer trips, I’ve taken the large grocery bag for all my milk.

Packits are awesome because they fold up and go right into the freezer. The bags, themselves, freeze. There’s no trying to keep up with separate ice packs, and the ice surrounds the contents to keep it cool all the way around.


As I mentioned, we’ve had these a few months now. They have held up wonderfully, and believe me, we’ve used the heck out of them. The inside wipes clean with soap and water.

Of COURSE, Packit is amazing and wants one of you to have not just one of these, but ALL OF THEM. Trust me, you will find a use for each and every one. The winner of this superΒ cool giveaway will get:

One Personal Packit Cooler

One Double Bottle Cooler

One Mini Cooler

One Social Cooler

One Shop Cooler

All in the design of your choice. That’s over $100 in foldable, freezable Packit coolers!

But wait! That’s not all!Β (said in my most believable infomercial voice)

Since you’ll probably want to fill these coolers with all kinds of yummy and healthy food for your entire family, I’m going to throw in a copy of the soon-to-be-released book by Catherine McCord of Weelicious fame!

Y’all, I’ve had this book for a week and I’ve made 6 recipes from it so far. That’sΒ HUGE for someone who hates cooking. My kids have LOVED every single one, and so have the grown ups. It’s truly a beautiful, clear, well thought out book.

You know what I think this would be a great gift for? A one year old’s birthday. They’re getting ready to enter that realm where they start to get picky about food. Give their parents some delicious ideas for back up instead of another toy. Throw in some fun popsicle molds while you’re at it… and a Packit, of course.

You can pre-order Weelicious now, and it will be available in stores on September 18th.

Ready to win the whole shebang? Enter in the widget below. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was sent the Packit coolers and the Weelicous book at no cost to me. All opinions and pictures are my own.

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  1. I’m most excited to send my son’s school meals in one of these. I’ve already broken several of the soft freeze packs.

  2. These look amazing! I’d love these for my lunch! There seems to be never enough ice packs to pack my lunch. It would also be perfect for when I’m running lots of errands after the supermarket – I can keep the ice cream frozen.

  3. We had so many park play dates this past summer in the super hot Kansas drought that our regular lunch boxes just couldn’t hold up to the heat. Theae would be awesone and enough to have both my boys lunc plus something for mom (gosh how selfish of me to want to eat too haha)!

  4. Oh I want one for my kids lunches! I get so angry at those ice pack things! I may have even chucked one across the room into the trash in frustration before.

  5. My husband loves his pack-it for his lunches. With two little ones, we are always needing to transport something cold, milk, lunches, whatever. A variety of sizes would make that so much easier!

  6. i would love to use it to take a lovely picnic with my husband with some champagne for our upcoming anniversary….but i will most likely use it for trips to the zoo, and the playground, and when i want to make a stop on my way home from the grocery store, or when going to my parents, wow the list goes on!

  7. Love the idea of not having ice packs! And I am stealing the mimosa idea! But I’d also use them for my daughters snacks, lunches…

  8. This would be GREAT for the breastmilk I tote back and forth to work every day! The boring black $3 target lunchbox I use is JUST SO DEPRESSING.

  9. I wish these had been around when I was still breastfeeding. For now, I think I’d love to see what kind of cocktails I could cart to outdoor picnics, or even the many holiday parties coming up.

  10. I would love these for school lunches. Plus the fact that my older son has been begging for one, apparently a few kids at his table have them and they are *so cool Mom*

  11. Want/Need.

    To take lunch to work, send lunch to Harry’s school, do the Southern thing where I take over food to those that are sick or just had a baby.

    You know, the usual.

  12. This is a great idea! I am still nursing and pumping at work, and this would be perfect for carting milk home from work! Plus my 3 year old could take one for his lunches to school, too.

  13. I’m most excited to keep my husband’s lunch cool. I want him to eat healthier, so if I can pack his lunch for him that will help!

  14. I am most excited to use these for all of our constant go, go, go with 2 toddlers and soon to be another little one in our family!

  15. I’ve been wanting to try the Pakits – since I have 3 kids in school and they all three take their lunch to school EVERY day! Glad to hear they have been holding up well for you! Can’t wait to try it.

  16. I cannot wait to use these! We are as crazy about food temps as your husband, We are restaurant people and know the importance of perfectly temp’d food!

  17. These would be great for keeping snacks and drinks cool on our many road trips to Grandma and Grandoa’s house and the aquarium! May have to pick one up even if I don’t win!

  18. I’m really kind of stuck on that mimosa idea of yours. : ) I have visions of DH smuggling it into the hospital for after delivery…

  19. I am trying to save money and pack my lunches daily for work and I’m tired of the sad reused plastic bags from the grocery store. This would be a nice treat as I try to set a new good habit..

  20. I would use it to keep my little man’s milk cold. I always have to take water when we go out because I worry about milk getting warm.

  21. I’d use it for my yogurt in the morning, so it doesn’t go rancid during my 3 hour commute…and so such rancid yogurt doesn’t get spilled allover me at work.

  22. My husband works in a machine shop with no real cooler to keep his lunch in so we have to pack 2-3 ice packs in the summer to keep his lunch cold. I’d love to win this so he could start taking more yogurt, cheese, etc. at needs to stay cold.

  23. We’ve been working on lots of finger foods lately so I’d love to keep some fresh chilled fruits & veggies on hand when we’re out!

  24. Oh,mah.GAH! These are unreal! You can FREEZE these puppies? Stellar. I have always been on the lookout for the “perfect” cooler bag, but have yet to find it…until now. My daughter and I will be doing a LOT of 8hr road trips as the hubby is deploying, and every kind that I have tried always lets the milk thaw/get warm. Now that she’s into some purees too (tried a few Weelicious recipes from her website) I’d like to bring them with me too when we travel. These would be PERFECT-just sayin’ :).

  25. These would be awesome! I am always trying to juggle ice packs and cold stuff when we do simple outings like the zoo and road trips! I also desperately need a lunch bag for myself that does not have a cartoon character on it!

  26. I really NEED one of these! My son has severe food allergies so we have to carry his own food and drinks EVERYWHERE we go. I seriously go through lunch boxes like crazy and nothing I’ve tried stays cold for more than an hour or so. Do you know of they will be offering your readers a discount code?

  27. I would definately love those for breastmilk! And maybe for all those yummy snacks we bring back from grandma’s… ; )

  28. I’m most excited that these don’t require a separate ice pack! I pack a cooler of sippy cups and snacks every time I leave the house when I know I’m going to be gone longer than an hour, and these would be perfect for that purpose. My family would get a lot of use of out these coolers.

  29. These cooler bags sound great! Just started solids with my little one but would love to get a copy of the cookbook, I’m always looking for tasty quick recipes!

  30. Oh, and those Pack-its! I would love to win those. We go to Disneyland practically every weekend and I’m still looking for the perfect cooler bag to keep our juiceboxes/water/sodas in. I can’t stand the thought of paying a million dollars for a soda.

  31. What a great giveaway! The packit coolers would be great for packing everyone’s lunches and for trips to see family. I’m looking forward to the new Weelicious book release. Glad to hear the meals you’ve tried have been a success!

  32. I’d love to put potato salad or anything with mayonnaise in it. I am so freaked out by the possibility of having three kids with the runs, that as much as I love it on sandwiches and in salads, I never take it with me anywhere.

  33. These look great! I would love to have one of these to take my toddler’s goat milk in when we travel out of town on the weekends!

  34. I have 4 kids and packing a decent, COLD lunch would be awesome! We also go on picnics and daytrips. This would be perfect to take snacks and drinks along. πŸ™‚

  35. Darlya Campbell on

    These are brilliant! I love the mimosa to go idea but aside from that, we are always headed out to the museum/zoo/parks and are lunch/snack-arific so for a dairy loving crew these would be a great thing to have!

  36. WHAT! OK This would be BEYOND amazing as I have 2 littles that I am still making lunch for who are in Kindergarten & 4th grade these would be PREFECT for them plus that book I’d look like a MAMA Rock star making those meals! Crossing my fingers & thanks for the chance.

  37. I would love to use a packit for my son’s lunches. just yesterday, I forgot to add the ice pack in his bag and had to call the school to ask them to put his lunch bag in the fridge.

  38. I have 2 girls in school who take their lunches every day. We fight with ice packs and go through several a year as they aren’t made to stand up to elementary aged kids. These bags would be perfect for them! Also, mimosas on the go!

  39. Lauren Reese Horton on

    It would be so great to
    Be able to take feresh snacks with us when we are out. Processed foods are convienient because they do not need to be kept cold but I don’t like to give to my daughter very often. This would give us many more options.

  40. Gayle Raynor Schneider on

    Perfect for lunch at work. And tell Scott I am with him on the buffets πŸ™‚ I am a health inspector too….

  41. Joanne Bahrenburg on

    I love the idea of PackIt coolers and this would make it so much easier carrying around milk without worrying about it spoiling or sitting too long. My daughter is always thirsty on the go and I always have to pack a couple of cups. Great idea!

  42. My husband (and sometimes kids) takes his lunch to work where there’s normally a refrigerator but for the next few months he’s taking a class where there is no where to keep food cool. These would be perfect!!

  43. I would love the packits for soccer game snacks! I love the technology, my 4th grader is always forgetting to take her freezer pack out of her lunch bag when she gets home.

  44. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had the blue-goo explode in coolers from the freezer packs. This seems like a great idea. Would love these to take meals for daily outings.

  45. My 3 year old daughter has been talking about these non-stop for weeks after seeing the commercials on TV! I am excited to give her one to preschool!

  46. Lisa Gowey Collins on

    First, my hubs was a food inspector when we first met, so this made me smile πŸ™‚ I can totally relate on all accounts! The digital thermometer is our normal.
    Second, I NEED these packit coolers–we are always going to BYOB get togethers, and hubs insists on putting real ice in the small cooler. This means that there is no ice in the maker for the rest of the day…drives me up the wall. Anyway, we need these (I’m thinking play dates and weekend trips, too). And that book? Gimme!! πŸ˜‰
    Thank you for posting!

  47. I’m most excited for my husband to use to be able to use the big one to take lunch and lots of water to work (he works construction). The ice packs always melt during the day so his water never stays cold. It’ll also be great to bring healthier snacks for the toddler on trips!

  48. Lindsay Tritabaugh on

    These would be perfect for our picnic playdates! I usually throw everything in a lunch bag with an ice pack on top and hope for the best. I am sure your husband would love to have a picnic with us…

  49. I’m definitely most excited about the shop cooler for groceries! We live far out & I usually have to lug a heavy cooler into the car before we go to Costco & get ice too!

  50. Breastmilk! I neeeeeeed these for travel and work pumping. Need. Also for the “secret ninja snacks” that I’m going to sneak into the hospital when I’m in labor.

  51. Missy Moss Mann on

    My daughter had been begging for a pack-it (she’s five and wants everything on tv) but I was holding off- she would love having them for her lunch

  52. These Packits are such a fantastic idea! There are some days we leave the house and don’t get back for 8 hours, these would definitely help with keeping baby’s milk cool and other snacks as well. πŸ™‚ And who doesn’t love a cookbook? πŸ™‚

  53. Christiana Joy Stafford on

    I just started a new job and desperately need to get a more professional looking lunch box, instead of the super fun, obnoxiously bright one I used in college. These sound great! And with my sister-in-law and her soon to be 1 yr old moving in with us, I think the cook book would be incredibly helpful for the new challenges I will soon have cooking.. for baby and her.

  54. My oldest just started preschool for the first time and we are exploring ways to keep his lunch fresh. These would be awesome!!

  55. Oh My Goodness!
    That is super cool!(pun intended).

    I am a college student (studying elementary education and still looking for “Mr. I-Want-Kids-Too”)
    I would use the Personal one for my lunch, the two bottle one and the mini one for carrying chocolate when I visit friends, the shop one when grocery shopping, and the Social would be perfect for carrying the ingredients for making butter or other food projects when I run Children’s Activities!

  56. it is hard keeping yogurt actually cold for several hours. I’d be curious to see how well these work versus the ice packs! great giveaway!

  57. Shannon McDermott on

    Perfect for keeping lunches and baby food cold on playdates. Even my husband might use these because the patterns are pretty neutral.

  58. I love it! I love the style too. And I am so tired of keeping those freezer-things in the freezer! I would use it for work or for bringing snacks out for my little munchkin lady.

  59. After many, many years of trying to get my child to eat her veggies, she is finally enjoying them! So, I’ve recently started sending her bento lunches at school with tons of variety and colour. I’m so thrilled that finally at 7yrs old, she eats whatever is in the bento box! I would loooove to have these for bentos for the whole family!

  60. i got the tip from your blog about traveling with breast milk and transporting them in a packit, so i have one for my travels. i also bought one for the kid to transport his milk and lunch to school. these are great! and the designs are so cute. my husband needs one for lunches too.

  61. Stacy Scott McConnell on

    Wow – I’d love these for my own lunches as well as for my eldest’s lunches. I’ve just had to pack lunch for my little one beginning preschool and it already stresses me out…..will her milk still be cold? will she eat this? what else can I make? Argh! The bags and the book are a great giveaway!

  62. Okay, the packit looks awesome. But the funny thing is I found your site when I was trying to find some info on the hylands recall for a friend. And I cannot get over how many people decided to read your blog, and then make really mean comments about your husband’s integrity. That sucks. Sorry from the blogosphere!

  63. Lacey (aka Landry's mom) on

    Ohmigosh! My five year old has been begging for a Packit! She sees the infomercial for it and can recite it line by line. She also proceeds to tell me everyday every child at school who has one, what color it is and how bad she needs one. I would be the coolest mom ever! And of course, that’s what we all strive for, right?! πŸ™‚

  64. I’ve never heard of PackIt, but they seem awesome for taking the diced 1 year old’s food everywhere with us since she is a tiny bottomless pit.It would be great for storing milk for long car rides to the grandparents’ too!

  65. Bethany Agricola Sly on

    My husband and I are trying to become 90% vegan (aka give in on things like pumpkin cheesecake, which I have been thinking about a lot lately) and I would use these to bring delicious meals everywhere we go (mostly to work, but hiking and on picnics too).

  66. These coolers look so cool! What a great idea to put the gel inside so everything stays perfectly cold. I am most excited tobe able to keep snacks for the kids cold.

  67. Lauren Rupard Farley on

    I think this is great for lunches and snacks on the go for my 15-month old, and great for Mom too – I often have to spend the day on client sites without a fridge, and these would keep my lunches nice and cool.

  68. Carlie J Nichols on

    I’d be excited to use these to pack for lunches when I’m out with my kids either running errands or finding something fun to do out of the house and don’t want to head back home or find fast food to eat. I pack lunches a lot, because with 2 toddlers, things tend to take way longer than necessary and before you know it, everyone is starving.

  69. Ohmigosh! My five year old has been begging for a packit! She see’s the infomercial for it and can recite it lind by line. Shw also proceeds to tell me everyday every child at school who has one, what color it is and how bad she needs one. I would be the coolest mom ever! And of course, that’s what we all strive for, right! πŸ™‚

  70. oops, didn’t see the guideline – I am always looking for good ways to bring cheesticks and hard boiled eggs out with us. These look perfect for that!

  71. We live in a tropical climate and everything needs to be kept cool. I am especially keen to keep water bottles cool to encourage my daughter to keep her fluids up.

  72. Kimberly Noethen Fluet on

    We’re just starting up with preschool and snacks and work lunches. I’d love these to help me keep a healthful snack, like yogurt, ready to go, instead of stealing rejected Goldfish from my daughter.

  73. I would love to have it to hold food for my one year old. She has very specific dietary needs which can’t be found in many places!

  74. i’m thinking i could use it for everything! i have to make so many lunches, everyday…so it they would be incredibly useful!! oh, i like lindsey’s about mimosas πŸ˜‰

  75. For now, my daughter’s lunches will be the most frequently packed into a Packit, but then it will get use as a breastmilk storage bag for when I’m at work. Love it!

  76. lunch! my oldest has been begging for a pack it since he first saw the infomercial. A friend got one and I was TOTALLY impressed that it kept afternoon snacks cool- IN THE CAR- on an 80+ degree day, while we gallivanted around town. I NEED this!

  77. Staci Spagnola Collins on

    I’d either send my son’s snack (sometimes yogurt) to school in it, or my lunch…which would mean I wouldn’t have to use the ultra gross fridge in the teacher’s lounge.

  78. AS a mom on a ebf 7 month old and a preschooler, I can thing of so many uses for the packit!! From traveling with expressed milk, to lunch and snacks on an outing, to the hubby’s lunch, the list goes on.

  79. they seem awesome! my 3 month old is on ready to feed alimentum (which only comes in quart bottles) and it’s a pain to take on day trips. i could really use a pack-it!

  80. Kelly Stetser Pollitt on

    I agree with Staci! The teacher’s lounge fridge is not always the best place! My daughter could really use it for school and to keep gatorade cold for after school sports!

  81. I am excited to use these as me and my child love to go to the park! She loves her nice cool yogurt snack and these would allow me to bring them along πŸ™‚

  82. I live in new braunfels, and we have the awesomest cooler SIZE LIMIT on our rivers now, so I believe havin’ me some of these little coolers will help me get even more crapfaced down the river. Not with my children of course, because I don’t have any!

  83. This would be fantastic as we all take lunches to school and work. Some of us have much longer periods of time that we need things to stay cold than others…

  84. My daughter plays A LOT of sports so we are always on the go~ I would love to be able to bring healthy snacks to these games and not worry about them going bad!

  85. I have packits for my girls lunches and we use them everyday! They love them and I do to! I am jealous that I don’t have one…if I win, I get one!

  86. As a work from home mom of 3 (from 15-2) with a soccer schedule that has my kids and I gone 7 days a week, the Packits will come in handy with keeping their snacks, and lunches cool.

  87. I’ve got a babe on the way and knowing that I have to go back to work these would definitely come in handy for bringing breast milk with me to her daycare provider

  88. I have a personal cooler but i wpould love the whole shebang! i also bought the mini one for my daughter but i havent found one for my hubbs yet. I live in canada so the website doesn’t ship things here. Please Help ME!! I want them all MUAHAHAHAHAHA (evil laugh)

  89. I look forward to using the Packits for playdate and outing snacktimes. The hubs and I also like to take our lunches to work, and these look much cooler than the plastic grocery bags we usually use.

  90. Amy Ragland Luke on

    I’ve been eying the Packit’s for a while now and would love to try them. With a toddler in day care (we take our own food) and me working 10 hour days I would love to make healthier meals for my kiddo and myself.

  91. My boys have these for their school lunches, now I want one for myself and one to send to work with my hubby. And the shopping bag looks awesome too, would love it if I didn’t have to stop at the house in the middle of doing errands!

  92. Melissa McFaddin Henry on

    I am currently pregnant and have gestational diabetes so this would be super helpful for me to take our snacks along while I am out and about with my active 17 month old.

  93. Jennie Miklajcyk on

    My son begged for a Packit last school year and he loves it! I love having him bring a lunch everyday to school and love that the Packit allows me to send in healthy food and it stays colder than other lunch bags!

  94. I’ve been dying for a packit since I saw the commercial for it! I have 4 jobs and leave for one job before 7am and get home just around midnight every night. Eating well has not been an easy option because most cold packs last a couple hours at best! So I’ve been a slave to the drive-through. I’d love to have the availability to take all three meals on the go! This way I’ll eat better and one day, fit back into my pants! =)

  95. So while I was on maternity leave this summer, I read your whole archives. Today on Groupon they have a Packit deal. I remembered seeing it on your page and came back to ask you if you still use these years later?

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