Ask almost any kid what their favorite part of the day was and they’re likely to tell you lunchtime and recess! Having a break in the middle of the school day helps students to socialize, spend some pent-up energy, and most importantly, refuel for the remainder of their lessons. Whether they’re ordering from the cafeteria or brown-bagging their lunch, it’s so important that they have access to healthy food that’s filling and nourishing.
Make mornings easier and mealtimes fresher with our list of the best lunch boxes and accessories from around the web!
9 Lunch Boxes for Lucky Lunchtime Treats!
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Pokeball Lunch Bag
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SUGARBOOGER Good Lunch Box
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Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags
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1. Bentgo Kids
Less of a lunch box and more an experience. These bento lunch boxes from Bentgo Kids are great for storing and separating sandwiches, snacks and more. Separate compartments make it easier to store fresh food–no packaging required to keep items from smushing together. Pack fruit, vegetables, and even condiments in the center compartment.
Specifications: Approximately 9″ x 7″ x 2.5″
Perfect for: Picky eaters who hate their foods touching; the microwave-safe material allows heating for a hot lunch.
Available Options: Choose from purple, blue or lime green.
If you’ve ever had to label every one of your child’s crayons individually, you know the lose-it-buy-it school year cycle is never ending. With this personalized sandwich container, your child will be able to easily differentiate their lunch from the rest (and their teacher will know who it belongs to when it inevitably goes missing in the classroom!) These boxes are handmade and include a polka-dot design, but you can message the artist and ask for a custom product.
Specifications: Approximately 5.5″ x 2″
Perfect for: Keeping track of your child’s lunch!
Available Options: Choose from 15 different name colors; check out Red Elm Designs Print Shop for more box color options.
They’re back! It seems that Pokemon has taken the world by storm, again. And whether you’re a fan of the tiny fighting monsters or not, there’s a good chance your kid is! Send them to school in style with this Pokemon-inspired bag. While the bag is 9″ in diameter, some customers recommend it for smaller lunches or on-the-go snacks—some have even purchased it as a storage bag for Pokemon trading cards.
Specifications: 9″ diameter, insulated, easy-wipe surface.
Perfect for: Poke-crazed kids—catch ’em all at lunch time.
Available Options: Wild about Pikachu and looking for a roomier option? Check out this lunch bag instead.
SUGARBOOGER designs are created to “improve upon safe, unique products for babies and kids that every family can use,” and their sandwich and snack box is no exception. With a vibrant, multi-colored design, it will keep your child’s lunch safe from getting smashed in their backpack. Not to mention, the spill proof design will prevent any peanut butter and jelly mishaps on their homework assignments. Choose from an assortment of unique designs, and check out other SUGARBOOGER products for coordinating products.
Specifications: 8.5″ x 6″ x 3″, locking lid
Perfect for: Spill proof, doubles as a Tupperware container for leftover lunches.
Available Options: “Hoot” owl theme, “My Garden” flower theme.
Sick of restocking your plastic bag supply? With reusable snack bags from Bumkins you can save money and be more eco-conscious when it comes to prepping your child’s lunch. When lunchtime is over, simply throw the snack bags in the dishwasher or washing machine, and hang to dry. Made from single-ply, waterproof fabric, these reusable bags can be used for snacks and around the house for storing small toys.
Specifications: 7″ x 3.5″, lab-tested food-safe materials.
Perfect for: Eco-conscious households.
Available Options: 13 different designs, from dinosaurs/turtles to simple chevron/cars.
Olive Kids is well known for cute coordinating products for kids, and their lunch boxes are a fan favorite! Free of potentially harmful chemicals like PVC, BPA, and phthalates, these soft-shell lunch boxes include a velcro component that snuggly holds water bottles or juice boxes. Store an icepack in the mesh compartment to keep sandwiches or snacks like cheese sticks cold. Get a matching backpack to complete the set.
Specifications: Approximately 10″ x 3″ x 7″
Perfect for: Your littlest lunchers! The sweet designs for boys and girls are colorful and vibrant.
Available Options: Seventeen versatile designs including dinosaurs and fairy princesses.
Collapsible lunch boxes from Smart Planet make lunchtime simple and eco-friendly. They’re BPA-free, microwave and dishwasher safe–and made from biodegradable eco plastic. Food won’t get stuck to the silicone surface, and the kit comes with everything you need to make lunch time versatile, with a special condiment compartment that fits snuggly in the lid. And there’s no need to run out to the bus stop brandishing the fork or spoon you forgot to pack with the snap-in spork. Wash and collapse on weekends for easy storage.
Specifications: Approximately 7″ x 1.5″ x 10″.Includes a spork and condiment holder.
Perfect for: Eco-concious families looking for an easy to store and carry lunch-box.
Available Options: Small or large sizes; order in blue, orange, pink or green.
This placemat and napkin set from Mama Mia Gallery on Etsy can be easily folded and packed into your child’s lunch bag. The handmade set will make even the most standard cafeteria lunch feel special. Take it on-the-go for family picnics or travel for a mess-free trip.
Specifications: Placemat measures 19″ x 14″, napkin measures 14″ x 14″; 100% cotton.
Perfect for: Keeping mess to a minimum, and saving money on paper napkins.
Available Options: Other themes from Mama Mia Gallery include puppies and polka dots, cars, dinosaurs and more.
These sweet notes from Moo Moo Handmade Cards are the perfect way to say “I love you” at lunchtime! With messages like “love you,” “hugs & kisses,” and “you are my sunshine,” it’s easy to create a personalized lunch experience for your child. Scribble your own note on the inside and pack it up into their lunch box.
Specifications: 12, 2 1/4 ” x 3 1/4 mini cards in 65-lb. white card stock.
Perfect for: Reminding your little one you’re thinking of them during the school day!
Available options: This Etsy shop offers tons of lunch box love cards, including colorful messages and animal-themed notes. Check out their shop to see more.
Have you discovered any revolutionary ways of packing lunches? Let us know in the comments!