11 best kids lunch boxes and bento boxes for school in 2021
Believe it or not, back-to-school season is almost here, which means you may want to start thinking about preparing your child for the return to in-person learning. Though many schools don’t send out supply lists until later in the summer, one thing you can buy now is a lunch box to keep your kid’s food at a safe temperature and make it easy for them to transport everything. Below, we rounded up some top-rated kids lunch boxes, bento boxes and containers from popular brands like Hydro Flask, Simple Modern, Pottery Barn Kids and Thermos.
Top-rated kids lunch boxes and bags
Made with two layers of insulation and a fully lined liner, this lunch box from Hydro Flask is designed to keep food cold for hours, according to the brand. It has an interior band designed to hold utensils and an ice pack, and it comes in kid-friendly colors like Iris (a shade of purple), Grasshopper (a bright green) and Geranium (a bright red). On Hydro Flask’s website, the lunch box boasts a 4.9-star average rate from nearly 200 reviews.
This lunch bag from YETI uses the same rubber foam Coldcell insulation as many of its soft-sided coolers to keep food cold (though ice packs are sold separately). It’s equipped with a magnetic Thermo Snap closure to ensure a consistent temperature, and the size of the bag can be adjusted using its hook-and-loop grid. Available in five colors, the bag has a 4.4-star average rating from nearly 1,500 reviews on YETI’s website.
A popular pick on Amazon, this patterned lunch bag from Simple Modern has a 4.8-star average rating from more than 500 reviews. With a 4-liter capacity, the rectangular bag can hold sandwiches, snacks and more, and it’s triple-insulated to keep food fresh. Depending on your child’s preferences, there are dozens of patterns to choose from, including a fun unicorn pattern and a Mickey and Minnie Mouse one.
This iridescent lunch box from Target’s More Than Magic line is a relatively affordable option at $10. Designed to look like a unicorn, the insulated bag features an inner mesh pocket, an outer zip pocket and a water bottle pocket, plus a carrying handle to make it easy for your child to tote their lunch to and from the cafeteria.
A fun option for astronauts in training, this lunch box features an out-of-this-world galaxy pattern. According to the brand, the PVC-free lining is easy to clean, and the closed-cell foam insulation is designed to keep food cold. Unlike other lunch boxes, this one has two separate zippered compartments stacked on top of one another so snacks and drinks can stay separate from fruits, vegetables and sandwiches.
If your little one loves Batman, then they might be a fan of this lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids adorned with the superhero’s signature vehicle and Bat Signal. According to the brand, the lunch box is made without any harmful chemicals and has a molded interior that’s designed to be easy to clean. You can also customize the lunch box with your child’s name or initials for an added fee, and if they aren’t a fan of Batman, other fun designs include Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers.
Best bento boxes and lunch containers for kids
Bento boxes and containers can keep your child’s food compartmentalized and prevent it all from amalgamating into a giant mess. Both can be used on its own or inside a lunch box — but since most bento boxes and containers are not insulated, it’s better to put them inside a lunch bag.
This highly rated bento box from Bentgo Kids has five compartments with ideal serving sizes for kids ages 3 to 7, and the tray is both microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe. Choose from a dozen designs, including Dinosaur, Safari and Mermaid Scales.
Another fun and highly rated bento box option, this one from Simple Modern also has five compartments — and when you don’t want to use them, the plastic compartments can be removed. The box itself snaps shut, and it comes in several different patterns, including Mickey Ears and Ice Cream Cone.
This bento box has three compartments designed to hold kid-sized food portions. According to the brand, it’s leakproof and both dishwasher- and freezer-safe, plus microwave-safe without the lid. If you want to create a matching set for your child, 3 Sprouts also makes a Lion Lunch Bag, Lion Sandwich Bags and Lion Snack Bags.
Designed by a mother for mothers, this dishwasher-safe two-piece set is made to be an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags. It comes with a larger oval box to hold a sandwich and sides and a smaller cup for dipping sauces, dressings, yogurt or other mealtime additions.
If you prefer to meal prep at the beginning of the week, this bento box set comes with seven reusable containers, each of which has three compartments for snacks, sandwiches and more. The plastic containers are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe, but the brand says they’re not entirely leakproof, so it’s better to use them for solid foods that won’t spill. On Amazon, the Youngever Bento Lunch Boxes have a 4.7-star average rating from more than 1,100 reviews.
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23 Best Toddler Lunch Boxes for Preschool and Camp
Stocking up on back-to-school essentials? Whether your little one is headed to preschool, day care or camp, a lunch box is a staple. A healthy lunch will keep your tyke fueled throughout the day, so finding a container to keep snacks fresh, tasty and intact is key. The best toddler lunch boxes are durable, leak-proof and cute, of course! Luckily, there are plenty of options that fill the bill, from insulated lunch bags to bento boxes and other clever containers. Ready to toss out those brown paper bags and go eco-friendly with a reusable toddler lunch box? Keep browsing to discover our top cafeteria-ready picks.
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Bixbee Octopus Water Resistant Lunchbox
Bixbee’s lunch containers come in a range of fun prints, sparkly finishes and animal-themed designs. They’re heavy-duty and water-resistant, and have an outer pocket that’s perfect for packing reusable utensils. There’s even an ID window so your kid is less likely to lose it—which means one less lunch box relegated to the mysterious lost-and-found closet!.
Buy it: $20, Nordstrom.com
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Munchkin Bento Box Toddler Lunch Box
Bento-style kids’ lunch boxes are all the rage these days, and with good reason: They’re a practical choice for picky eaters and children who like variety at mealtime. This colorful version, made by Munchkin, is hard to beat. It has five perfectly sized compartments, with space for a sandwich, juicebox and mix of healthy snacks. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe, making it super-easy to clean. Better yet, it comes with its own set of stainless steel toddler utensils that snap right onto the lid.
Buy it: $20, Target.com
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Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Kids Lunch Bag
No big surprise that another one of our favorite toddler lunch box options comes from Skip Hop. The brand brings the cuteness factor with their Zoo-inspired lunch carriers. Little ones will love choosing a matching backpack-lunch box combination from a bunch of animal designs (like llamas, sharks and unicorns, to name a few). The roomy main compartment is ideal for holding sandwiches, snacks and more, while the interior pocket can accommodate an ice pack and/or utensils, and the clip-on handle easily attaches to any backpack or bag. Another winning feature? The included write-on name tag.
Buy it: $10, SkipHop.com
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Wildkin Insulated Lunch Bag
These cute lunch bags for kids ages 3 and up come in a huge selection of designs, so you’re sure to find something your child will love. They’re insulated to keep hot food warm and cold food chilled, and the Velcro closure makes it easy for toddlers to open independently. Parents love that it collapses completely flat for easy storage and cleans easily with soap and water. Plus, it’s PVC-, BPA- and phthalate-free.
Buy it: $22, Amazon.com
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STATE Bags Mini Rodgers Snack Pack
This petite toddler lunch box is a great choice for kids going to half-day programs or for use on smaller trips when they only need a few essentials (a small water bottle, a piece of fruit and some snacks). The main zippered compartment comes insulated, and you can get the exterior personalized with your child’s initials. We’re also big fans of the see-through pocket meant for notes or pictures. Looking for a bigger kid’s lunch box? Try the regular size Rodgers lunch box instead. Either way, your purchase will help STATE support a range of causes, including giving fully stocked backpacks to children in need.
Buy it: $35, STATEBags.com
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TWELVELittle Adventure Lunch Bag
TWELVELittle is known for its hardy (not to mention stylish!) diaper bags. But did you know that the brand makes kids’ lunch boxes too? The new Adventure style comes with a long detachable strap, so it can be carried by hand or worn as a crossbody bag. Plus, the fully insulated interior is large enough to accommodate a kid-size bento box and has two mesh pockets, for snacks, utensils or ice packs.
Buy it: $29, Maisonette.com
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PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag
If you like to keep things streamlined, this might be your top pick for the best lunch box for kids. Most options call for separate ice packs to keep lunches cool. Not this kids’ lunch box though; it features a built-in cooling gel. The PackIt Freezable lunch bag can be folded flat and stashed in the freezer overnight—by morning, it’s ready to keep your little one’s lunch cold for up to 10 hours. This mini lunch bag was designed with toddlers in mind and easily fits into backpacks and diaper bags. It’s made from PVC-, BPA-, phthalate-, formaldehyde- and lead-free materials and has a food-safe, water-resistant lining. It comes in both solid colors and prints.
Buy it: $22, Amazon.com
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PlanetBox ROVER Stainless Steel Lunchbox
The PlanetBox ROVER is a stainless steel lunch box with five compartments of varying sizes. The set includes the lunch box, two separate stainless steel containers for holding sauces or extra snacks and a set of magnets for the front of the box. A corresponding insulated lunch bag and kids’ water bottle can be added for an additional price. Bonus: This pick is dishwasher-safe, non-toxic and carries a five-year guarantee.
Buy it: $60, PlanetBox.com
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Yumbox Leakproof Bento Box for Kids
For a smaller, lightweight option that’s ideal for toddlers on the go, opt for the Yumbox leakproof bento box. It holds just the right amount of food for your little one’s tummy; plus, this toddler lunch box is designed to keep even applesauce and yogurt from spilling out. It comes in several styles, including the Panino, which has one large compartment and three smaller ones, or the traditional style with six compartments. The removable food tray is also dishwasher-safe.
Buy it: $29, Yumbox.com
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L.L.Bean Lunch Box
If you’re looking for a workhorse lunch box that can withstand the wear and tear of busy kids, the classic L.L.Bean insulated lunch box is a great choice. One of the best kids’ lunch boxes for school, this option is much lighter than a bento box and keeps food cold until lunchtime, thanks to its insulated layers. Plus, with its compact dimensions, it can easily fit into a backpack. The internal mesh pocket holds a flat ice pack, and the lining is BPA and PVC-free. Add a monogram to ensure easy retrieval from the lost and found.
Buy it: $20, LLBean.com
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Wildkin Kids Insulated Lunch Box Bag for Boys and Girls
Another option from Wildkin, these insulated kids’ lunch boxes feature a zipper closure instead of Velcro so there’s no chance of items falling out. With its too-cute patterns and lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean design, it makes for a perfect toddler lunch box. It may be compact, but there’s plenty of room for lunch: The spacious interior can hold sandwiches and snacks with ease. Slip a sweet note in the zippered front pocket to make mealtime all the more fun for your little.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
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Stephen Joseph Embroidered Owl Lunch Bag
What makes this Stephen Joseph kids’ lunch bag so awesome? Its versatility. Thanks to the extendable, adjustable strap, it can be carried by hand, clipped onto a backpack or worn as a shoulder bag. The main compartment is super-roomy and insulated, keeping food fresher for longer. Plus, the zip-open pocket at the bottom is perfect for heavier snacks and utensils. One thing to note is that at 9.5” tall, this lunch box is a better choice for older kids.
Buy it: $28, buybuyBABY.com
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Bentgo Kids Children’s Lunch Box
Here’s yet another great bento-style toddler lunch box: Billed as leakproof, the Bentgo lunch box has five compartments portioned perfectly for a tot’s appetite. It has rubber-coated edges and a durable design, so if you have an accident-prone kid, this one’s a winner. Plus, it’s BPA-free, made with food-grade materials and has a removable food tray that’s dishwasher-safe. Bonus: Buy it and you’ll be supporting a charitable brand. Bentgo has donated thousands of dollars to the nonprofit Feed the Children.
Buy it: $25, Amazon.com
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Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Puptastic Insulated Lunch Box in Blue
Your little pup will love this personalized PAW Patrol toddler lunch box. The insulated bag has one large compartment with an inner net pocket as well as a comfortable carrying handle. Add your kid’s name or initials to the front, and they’ll feel like an honorary member of the PAW Patrol gang.
Buy it: $28, buybuyBABY.com
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Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Lunch Box
When it comes to classic kids’ lunch boxes, you can’t beat the Mackenzie lunch box range from Pottery Barn Kids. There are tons of patterns to choose from (including glow-in-the-dark prints that look magical in dark school cubbies), and you can buy a coordinating hot-and-cold food mini container too. You can attach the lunch boxes to one of the PB Kids coordinating backpacks, using the attached straps. For an extra-special touch, personalize your child’s lunch box with their name or monogram.
Buy it: Starting from $27, PotteryBarnKids.com
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HydroFlask Kids Insulated Lunch Box
Next up is a parent-approved option with over 100 five-star reviews. Available in eight bright colors, the Hydro Flask kids’ lunch box is super-durable, with a flexible carry handle made for little hands. But the real standout features: The double layer of insulation and the interior band designed to hold an ice-pack, which keeps food cold for hours. Plus, it’s BPA-free and easily wipes clean.
Buy it: $45, HydroFlask.com
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LunchBots Small Protein Packer
Searching for a compact toddler lunch box? Check out this stainless steel bento box from LunchBots. Ideal for snacks on the go, the interior has two small compartments that hold 2 oz. each, and two tiny 1 oz. sections. Plus, it’s 100 percent dishwasher-safe. One possible downside is that this lunch box isn’t leak-proof, making it best suited for dry finger food like crackers or veggies.
Buy it: $20, LunchBots.com
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Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag
The best kids’ lunch boxes appeal to parents and kids alike. And Fluf designs certainly do that. The brand sells simple lunch bags with cute animal prints and food-inspired motifs that kids will love. Meanwhile, parents will appreciate the easy-wipe, water-resistant lining, cotton carry-handles and the fact that the brand uses sustainable materials. Plus, all of the bags in this collection are machine-washable—score.
Buy it: $29, Maisonette.com
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Arctic Zone Reusable Lunch Box with Accessories
This preschool and kindergarten kids’ lunch box has tons of five-star reviews—and we can see why. The sweet owl-print set includes an ice-pack, BPA-free bottle and food container, which all fit neatly into the insulated lunch box. Better yet, the leak-proof Microban lining is easy to clean and protects against bacteria, odors and stains. All that for $10? We’ll take two.
Buy it: $10, Walmart.com
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Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Lunch Box Peacoat Monster Truck
How about an effortlessly cool toddler lunch box by Herschel? The durable lunch box features a woven name label and a large insulated snack compartment that wipes clean, making it the perfect cafeteria companion. It comes in 16 prints and patterns, including this cute monster truck design that mini motorheads will adore.
Buy it: $30, Herschel.com
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Austin Baby Collection Silicone Bento Box Bundle in Camper Sage Green
If you’re on the hunt for a trendy toddler lunch box, try this playfully colorful bundle. Made from food-grade silicone, this set includes a bib, placemat and bento box. Get a load of that whimsical, camp-inspired print!
Buy it: $50, Maisonette.com
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Green Sprouts Baby Reusable Insulated Sandwich Bags
Many toddler backpacks have built-in cooler sections—so you may not need a bulky lunchbox too. If that’s the case, check out these nifty reusable lunch bags from Green Sprouts Baby. The waterproof outer-layer prevents leakage, while a food-safe, stain-resistant inner-lining keeps snacks fresh and cool. Curved corners prevent crumbs from getting trapped, and a zip-closure keeps food securely in place. We also love the fact that these snack packs are machine-washable and dishwasher-safe.
Buy it: $15 for a pack of 2, GreenSproutsBaby.com
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THERMOS FUNTAINER Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Kids Food Jar
When colder temperatures hit, it’s nice to have the option to bring a hot lunch to school. This Thermos lunch container for kids keeps food warm for up to five hours (or cold for up to seven hours). Designed with munchkins in mind, the vacuum-insulated stainless steel interior and exterior are super-durable, and the push-button lid is easy for kids to open. Parents will appreciate the wide opening, which makes it easy to fill, and the fact that it’s top-rack dishwasher-safe. Bonus: It comes with a foldable spoon that can be stored inside the thermos.
Buy it: $18, Amazon.com
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The 9 Best Lunch Boxes for Kids in 2021
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When your kids leave for school in the morning, you probably make sure they have a few essentials with them: backpack, homework, etc. No matter how old your children are—preschool or high school—chances are you also send them off most days with a lunch box packed with their favorite foods. In the market for a new lunch box for kids? There are a whole lot of products to choose from, and you should factor in what types of lunches your child typically eats. The best lunch box for your kid will likely depend on their age and style preference, too.
Here, the best lunch boxes for kids this school year.
The Bentgo Kids’ Lunch Box is our favorite option for younger children thanks to its durable and leakproof design. Foods stay in their designated compartments during travel, and the box comes in a variety of bright colors that kids are sure to love. For older children, the OPUX Dual Compartment Lunch Bag (view at Amazon) is significantly larger, providing two spacious compartments that can hold full sandwiches, water bottles, and more.
The age of your children and what they like to eat for lunch will determine how big a lunch box they need. Young children in kindergarten or preschool may be fine with small bento boxes that just hold half a sandwich, but older children may need a larger lunch box that can hold a full-size entree, multiple snacks, and/or a water bottle. Keep weight in mind, as well, as your child will have to carry the box around in their backpack.
If you’re buying a lunch box for young children, you’ll want to consider whether they’ll be able to easily open all its components. Some lunch boxes are tricky clasps that small fingers can’t manage, and some hot food containers have to be screwed on tightly to prevent leaking—these types of issues can make it frustrating for your child to get to their food.
A lunch box with good insulation is key to keeping food safe until lunchtime. You’ll likely end up putting ice packs into it—though some lunch boxes have built-in gel linings—but the ice can melt quickly if the container doesn’t have enough insulation. On the flip side of the coin, kids who take hot lunches will need a thermos or other insulated container that can keep food warm for several hours.
What is a bento lunch box?
Bento boxes originated in Japan, and they’re designed to hold a single serving of food, including a main dish and several sides. These lunch boxes are divided up into multiple compartments—commonly between three and five—and they have a compact form that’s easy to transport in a backpack or other bag.
How do you wash a lunch box?
At the end of each day, you should wash your child’s lunch box using warm, soapy water, making sure to get into any cracks and crevices. You can then let it air dry. Alternatively, some lunch boxes can be placed in the dishwasher, allowing for hands-free cleaning.
This article was written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats. As someone who commuted to work for many years, she knows the importance of a well-insulated lunch box, and while selecting products for this list, she looked at each lunch box’s size, weight, capacity, and special features. She considered how easy the various lunch boxes would be for children to open, as well as their durability.
The 9 Best Lunchboxes for Kids of 2021
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Don’t let packing your child’s lunch slow down your morning. The best lunch boxes make it easy for the parent and child to enjoy lunchtime and pack food that can be kept cold (or hot) or separated, depending on your needs.
Bento boxes are the popular choice lately because they have small compartments that allow for creativity, variety, and plenty of snacks. A traditional insulated bag or thermos also makes great choices.
Look no further, these are our choices for the best lunch boxes for kids in 2021.
There aren’t many options on the market that can really compete with the flexibility of the Bentgo Kids Lunchbox (view on Amazon). Your child can enjoy snacks and their main course all in one place without worrying about their food mixing into a mess.
For a simple option that can store all of your child’s food while keeping it cool throughout the day, the L.L. Bean Expandable (view on L.L. Bean) is durable and will last throughout the school year.
What To Look for When Buying Lunchboxes for Kids
Before buying, think about how much room you will need for your child’s food items. If you want to be able to fit a bento box, an ice pack, and a water bottle inside a lunch box then you will require something larger.
Also, consider that a larger box may be too bulky and be tough to fit inside a backpack. Typically, older kids can get by with a smaller lunchbox as they don’t need to pack several snacks for the entire day while toddlers may need an option that can hold breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
What works for someone else may not work for what you pack for your child’s lunch. A bento box style gives your child lots of snack options, but an insulated box with room for an ice pack is better if the temperature is the priority for you. Keep in mind you may want a box that your child can open and close on their own.
A lunchbox can last a whole school year for some, where others may prefer to have a few reusable boxes. Most options range in the $20-$25 mark but there are a few great budget-friendly choices available as well.
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The best insulated lunch bags for kids this year: 7 top picks
Having now gone through more than a decade figuring out the best lunch bags for kids, I’ve determined that insulated lunch bags are the way to go.
Let’s just say we’ve come a long way from the metal lunch boxes some of us used to carry, featuring the cast of Full House or uh…The Partridge Family.
Now I know which brands hold up after more than a few months — sometimes even more than a few years — which ones can take a beating, which ones are wipeable and cleanable, and most importantly, which ones actually helps keep those lunches at the right temperature.
In addition to stocking up on ice packs for fruit and yogurt, and insulated containers for those hot lunches you may be packing, check out my picks for best insulated lunch bags for kids this school year.
Note: If you prefer neoprene style bags, I highly recommend the brands Built NYC, and Dabbawalla (I recommended their backpacks for young kids as well) for durability plus style. But if you’re going for a classic, wipe-clean insulated interior in a lunch bag with some structure, here are 7 worth exploring.
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Related: Which lunch boxes hold up the best? After testing tons, here are our five picks.
Modern, smart and built to last: MilkDot
MilkDot Insulated Lunch Tote | $27, MilkDot
While I present this list in no particular order, I have to kick it off with a longtime favorite of mine, MilkDot. Just this summer, I packed day camp lunches in a MilkDot bag I’ve now had for about four years — it still looks great and relatively new and that’s saying something.
The inside is deceptively large; good for bigger kids with bigger appetites. I love the semi-rigid structured sides that help protect fruit and anything else that’s squishable, while the mesh pocket at the top of the bag is a big help. Att the end of the day, it folds nearly flat to tuck easily into a backpack. Should it come home empty.
Deceptively rugged and so cool: SoYoung
SoYoung Insulated Lunch Bags and Insulated Cooler Bags | $30 and up; $24.95, SoYoung
Another favorite lunch bag of mine going back to 2014 (back when your kindergarteners were born, sniff), SoYoung continues to impress. This wonderful mom-run company make very stylish yet durable insulated lunch bags in several sizes. The outside may look delicate, but it’s actually a coated canvas that keeps it cleaner, longer, and makes it easy to wipe down. and the inside wipes down easily, which is the most important part of course.
If you have a kid who prefers a bucket-style insulated lunch bag, SoYoung’s cooler bags (also shown at top) come in smaller and larger sizes, with a convenient, detachable carrying strap. I think these are a better bet than a standard lunch box shape if you’re packing insulated containers like a Thermos, or larger water bottles. Plus it allows you stack lots of little reusable containers, should you have grazers who like lots of little items to eat instead of one big sandwich and a bag of chips.
Related:The essential school lunch shopping list: Everything you need in your pantry + fridge
The longtime parent fave: Pottery Barn Kids
Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Lunch Bag | $17-22 on sale for a limited time, Pottery Barn Kids
This insulated lunch bag from Pottery Barn Kids probably wins for parents’ choice — it’s so popular, in part because it’s just the right size and shape to fit into even a smaller backpack for preschool or kindergarten. Plus there are so many colors and styles, from solids to patterns, Disney Princesses to Star Wars villains, that I know a lot of parents whose annual September tradition is to pick out a new one. (Though hopefully the old one gets donated or handed down because it will likely still be in great shape.)
If you need a little more room, be sure to check out the Insulated Cold Pack Lunch Bags at Pottery Barn Teen which includes a removable cold pack, and has some handy packing features. It’s currently just $22 on sale if you hurry (regularly $32.50).
So stylish, you’ll want one too: State Bags
State Insulated Rodgers Lunch Bag in Metallic | $42, ShopBop
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State Bags has this new entry to my list, definitely scoring big style points for picky older kids. In fact, plenty of adults are fans of this fully insulated lunch bag that includes a handy detachable divider, a mesh zippered pocket (love that zipper) and a see-through pocket inside — tuck in a cute lunchbox note, a family photo, you name it. I like the silver and gold, but visit the site for 11 different colors and patterns.
But above all, I like that each purchase from State supports kids in need.
Related: How to clean lunch boxes with all-natural cleaners
All about the durability: LL Bean
LL Bean Insulated Lunch Bag $19.99, LL Bean
Another parent pick for best insulated lunch bag for years, if not decades, is LL Bean’s version for kids. It’s fairly basic but durable, though I must admit my kids are not big fans of the middle-of-the-road prints that are less stylish than some of the other options. The shark is cute though, and there are plenty of solid colored lunch bags as well.
LL Bean Insulated Adult Lunch Bag | $29.99, LL Bean
If you’ve got older kids with slightly more sophisticated taste, I love the look of the adult-sized LL Bean lunch bag. In fact, its got quite the resemblance to those super on-trend Kanken Fjallraven bags only way, way more affordable. Plus it’s built to last, making it a fantastic value.
Highly rated and affordable: Mazforce
Mazforce Insulated Lunch Bag $13.99, Amazon
I have not yet tried this brand myself, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this extremely affordable, highly-rated Amazon favorite in a list of the best insulated lunch bags for kids. It comes in just 5 colors, each fairly sophisticated (i.e. no mermaids or sharks), but has some smart features like a clip-on handle for attaching to a backpack, and reviewers use terms like “rugged,” “modern,” and “leak-proof” which are all calling my name. Can 1,000 five-star reviews be wrong?
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10 Best Lunch Boxes for Toddlers and Kids of 2020
Lunch packing: it isn’t glamorous (especially at 6 a.m.), but someone’s gotta do it. A well-designed, functional lunch box makes all that veggie slicing and crust cutting worth it. Here’s a quick overview of key features to look for in a lunch box:
- Insulation. Insulated sides help keep perishables cool and fresh until lunch time. But, it’s still a good idea throw in an ice pack, too.
- Easy access. When kids are at daycare or school, they should be able to open and close their lunch box without help from a grownup. Make sure the zippers, snaps or buckles are designed for little hands so it’s not a challenge to get to the good stuff!
- Ample space. Some lunch boxes and bags are large, allowing plenty of room for water bottles, ice packs, thermoses and food. On the other hand, bento box styles are usually more compact and designed for smaller portions. Sometimes a combo is your best bet for maximum organization (especially if your little one likes a variety of finger foods). Tip: Pack food in a bento box, and then put it inside a larger lunch box with a drink and other extras.
- Simple cleaning. Two words: applesauce pouch. Get ready to see your fair share of open, half-eaten pouches when they make a grand entrance back at home inside the lunch box. When things get messy (which they will), a lunch box made with material that can be wiped clean (fabric) or even washed in the sink or dishwasher (stainless steel or plastic) will be your best friend. Because whatever happened in the lunch box doesn’t have to stay in the lunch box.
These are our favorite picks for lunch and on-the-go snacking.
Give your little animal a lunchtime pal from Skip Hop Zoo. The collection of Lunchies includes over 25 cute creatures (Butterfly? Monkey? Unicorn? It’s a tough choice!). These soft, lightweight bags hold all the essentials—sandwiches, snacks and drinks. The zipper closure is easy for tots to master, while the insulated interior can be wiped clean after a particularly messy meal (peace out, old yogurt!). This lunch bag is great for daycare, school or even bringing snacks along to the park. Although there’s a small mesh pocket to hold napkins and utensils, there’s just one large compartment for food. To keep all the food organized, Skip Hop also makes matching lunch kit sets that fit perfectly inside the bag. If you want to create a fully coordinated lunchtime set, Skip Hop makes water bottles, snack cups and stainless steel food jars.
|Dimensions||9.5” x 7.5” x 3.25”|
No brand knows packed lunches better than Thermos (we bet you had one of their character lunch boxes in elementary school, too!), and these simple, cartoony designs are perfect for the primary-colored preschooler aesthetic. Choose from classics like a train, a fire engine or a police car, or find your kiddo’s favorite character (Minions, Disney princesses, Marvel heroes, even Star Wars). It wipes clean easily, and some parents said it will even last through the gentle cycle in the washing machine (just in case you can’t scrub out that funky old food smell by hand).
|Dimensions||10” x 5” x 7.25”|
From Baby to Big Kid
Don’t be fooled by this lunch box’s simple look. This versatile little cooler bag can hold the usual snacks, cups and food containers for a toddler or preschooler’s lunch, but it’s also perfect for keeping bottles cool when your baby is in childcare. The inner sections can be rearranged using the Velcro strip along the inner lining to fit whatever you’re packing, so it really grows with your little one from the bottle days to the “I can carry my own lunch box to school” days. It’s fully insulated with thick, high-density padding that keeps contents cold, and it even comes with a reusable, non-toxic ice pack.
|Dimensions||8″ x 8″ x 3.5″|
The Sturdy Staple
Roomy, sturdy, affordable, adorable…we could go on and on with all the reasons to love Wildkin lunch boxes. With tons of bright, cheerful patterns to choose from, there’s a perfect style to complement your tot’s turkey on wheat. A few key features: the large, insulated interior has tabs to keep water bottles and ice packs in place, there’s a front pocket for extra snacks and a carrying handle. Short on kitchen cabinet space? Instead of the lunch box, go for Wildkin’s equally awesome lunch bag that folds flat for easy storage.
|Dimensions||Lunch Box: 9.75” x 7” x 3.25”; Lunch Bag: 10” x 8.5” x 5”|
Nothing says, “I have arrived” (at preschool or kindergarten) quite like an awesome monogrammed lunch bag. From rocket ships to rainbows, animals to ballerinas, Star Wars to Wonder Woman, this collection boasts a huge range of designs to delight every child. Made of durable, thick polyester, it’ll last through several school years. The interior stands up to wear and tear thanks to the molded PEVA lining (an eco-friendly, food-safe vinyl), while messes can be simply wiped away. Plus, the carrying handle comes in handy for easy toting from cubbies to the lunch table.
A nice perk is the outside mesh pocket for big water bottles and thermoses, which allows a lot more food to fit on the inside. Pottery Barn food containers are a perfect fit, or you can use the storage of your choice. Tuck in utensils and napkins in the little pocket, and your kiddo is ready to chow down.
|Dimensions||8” x 4” x 9”|
Lunch boxes keep your kiddo’s food contained while inside the box, but once lunchtime starts, there’s no telling what kind of mess might be made outside the box. Meet the lunch container that solves for messes both before and during mealtimes: just zip the four sides down and unfold it flat onto the table and voila, a placemat! And it’s made from 100% neoprene (scuba suit material), so it can be tossed in the washing mashine after it’s done catching all of your toddler’s crumbs.
|Dimensions||6.5” x 10.5” x 6.5” folded; 17.5” x 17.5” unfolded|
No Ice Packs Needed
No need to sacrifice food space for an ice pack with this lunch bag. Instead of using ice packs to keep things cool, the bag itself is insulated with freezable gel, and the whole thing pops right into the freezer. After just 12 hours in the freezer, it’s ready to keep food cold all. day. long. It’s got the same capacity as most other lunch bags, but it can also fold flat for easy storage. We also love the buckle handle that allows you to clip it to a backpack, stroller or diaper bag (no more accidentally leaving lunch behind!).
|Dimensions||8.5” x 6.25” x 9.75”|
There’s something about bento boxes that magically get kids to eat their vegetables. (Carrots and snap peas just look more delicious in a tiny compartment.) Families love Bentgo’s bento boxes for the pre-portioned tray, making food organization that much easier—and mess free for those who don’t like their food touching. The five-compartment box is great for toddlers and preschoolers who like a little bit of everything, and the varying compartment sizes make for perfect portioning of snacks while leaving enough room for a small sandwich, too. Although there’s just one lid for all compartments, it’s secure, leakproof and keeps each food bucket separated. Hummus making its way to cheese stick territory? Not a chance. The whole thing is made with food-safe materials and is BPA and phthlatate-free. Keep in mind: This bento box isn’t insulated, so if you want to keep food cold or hot, you’ll need to put it in an insulated lunch bag (be sure to check the dimensions!).
|Dimensions||8. 75” x 7” x 2.25”|
What’s one thing you have in common with your kiddo? Neither of you are fun to hang out with when you’re hangry. This smaller box from LunchBots is the perfect stainless steel vessel for keeping your little one’s favorite on-the-go snacks or small meals at the ready. Although it’s compact, the four compartments can neatly fit several foods. Made of stainless steel, it’s non toxic and dishwasher safe (a win-win!). Aside from being a snack pack, it’s also a great choice for little ones with shorter school days. Keep in mind: This box isn’t insulated, so keep it in the fridge or in an insulated bag for foods that need to stay cold. Also, this bento box is best for foods that aren’t “wet” (so no applesauce, yogurt) or anything that will leak, since the compartments aren’t fully leak-proof.
|Dimensions||4” x 5.5” x 1. 5”|
Looking for a little more freedom in your toddler’s lunch organization? Individual food storage containers like these ones from Rubbermaid are a more customizable option compared to bento boxes, so you’re not restricted to the same compartment sizes every day. These colorful modules are portioned just for kids and can be configured into the perfect lunchtime setup. Even better, they’re microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. Aside from connecting them all for bigger meals, the small snack containers are great on their own for keeping crackers, pretzels, yogurt, fruits and veggies safe in your diaper bag. To keep food cool, just snap on the matching “Blue Ice” tray, and you’re good to go.
LunchBlox are also great for parents (yes, you need to eat, too!). The salad kit is especially awesome. It keeps the veggies, dressing and toppings separate so you’ll never have to have a soggy salad at your desk again. Or you can use a snack container for your favorite snacks at the park, instead of getting the last of the Goldfish crackers.
|Dimensions||2 Snack Containers (.5 cup capacity), 1 Side Container (1.2 cup capacity), 1 Sandwich Container (2.6 cup capacity) and 1 Medium Blue Ice (Size: 4.81” x 5.625”x 5.25 when stacked)|
These ice packs are so slim, we’d be surprised to find a lunch box they don’t fit into. And with four in a pack, you can double up on them to keep lunches extra cold and leave the other two in the freezer for the next packed lunch.
|Dimensions||6.5” x 4.25” x 0.3”|
Slim, colorful and totally whimsical—toss these fun little ice packs into your toddler’s lunch box to bring a smile to their face (and keep their food cool, too). We love all the fun shapes they come in, like these butterflies, plus penguins, owls and more!
|Dimensions||4. 75” x 3.15” x 0.25”|
Space for an ice pack isn’t always guaranteed, especially if your kiddo is a big eater, so a stiff and solid ice pack may not do the trick. Thankfully, these coolers from Fit & Fresh are flexible, so you can shape them to fit around the apple slices and cheddar cubes.
|Dimensions||7” x 5” x 0. 25”|
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Best Kids Lunch Boxes in 2021
The best lunch box for high school
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The PlanetBox bento-style boxes are made of stainless steel, feature unique designs with interchangeable magnets, and they didn’t pop open in our drop tests.
Pros: Stainless steel, stayed closed in drop test, can add personality with magnets or leave plain
Cons: Rover might not be big enough for larger appetites, expensive
We recommend PlanetBox’s stainless steel bento-style boxes, which come in two sizes: Rover and Launch. I tested the smaller of the two: the Rover Box. I was able to fit a full lunch, but I had to squeeze the sandwich a bit. The Launch Box is best for bigger appetites. The Rover has five smaller compartments while the Launch has three larger compartments.
Usually, by high school, kids ditch the cute lunch boxes in favor of simplicity, but they don’t want to completely give up their individuality. This is one of the reasons PlanetBox is our top pick for high school. Each box is plain stainless steel, but kids can choose unique magnets at no additional charge to add some personality.
The box itself is not leak-proof; water dripped right out in our test. You can buy leak-proof containers designed to fit into the compartments of the box. In our drop test, some of the magnets fell off, but the box did not pop open. In our temperature control test, ice took 2 hours and 45 minutes to melt, second only to PackIt, which has built-in ice packs.
I highly recommend pairing the Rover or Launch box with a carry bag. It includes internal elastic straps and pockets, as well as an external water bottle pouch and snack pocket. The bags come in many colors and patterns, some of which might even match school colors, like red, red and blue, purple, or green and yellow. Cleaning is easy: take off the magnets and pop the box into the dishwasher. It’s also easy to wipe the bag interior.
PlanetBox isn’t cheap, especially when you add on the carry bag and leak-proof containers. However, with such a durable stainless-steel design, this box can transition into college or serve as a solid hand-me-down. You can even purchase new magnets for less than $5 if you pass the box off to someone else.
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A backpack for mom is an indispensable helper for a mom on a walk, on a visit and on a trip.In it, the mother will find everything she needs for a comfortable walk with her child.
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