I have a bit of experience when it comes to this, as my husband brings his lunch daily & so do both of my boys.
Keep this in mind: I am sure your child's lunch will be kept inside and eaten at or before noon. I haven't had any problem packing a normal type lunch, even once my boys lost those wonderful little frozen packs (like they always do 2 weeks into the school year!). I stay away from anything with mayo, but I pack: sandwiches, dried fruit, fruit roll ups, crackers, carrot stix, celery six, raisins, you name it.
BIG TIP: If you buy any of the juice packs, you can keep some in the freezer to double as an "ice pack". My boys like that, but my husband says it makes the juice taste like water (?!?). A lot of times, leftovers don't need to be reheated (they love cold pizza, leftover baked chicken, etc).
Don't worry too much about a lot of variety- kids don't usually care! My boys have been bringing their lunch for years, and refuse to eat school lunch!
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