21 Lunchboxes That’ll Make It Through the School Year

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Heading back to school might look a little different this year, but one thing never changes—lunchtime! We’ve rounded up the coolest lunch boxes that parents and kids alike will love: they’re colorful, cute and (most importantly) easy to clean. Boys or girls, sporty or sparkly, or all of the above—there’s a lunch box out there for every type of kid. Keep reading to see them all.

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Big Apple Buddies: Delancey Doggie

Meet Delancey. She'll keep your kid's food nice and cold, comes with a buckle that makes it easy to attach to a backpack if necessary, and her adorable fuzzy ears are comforting for a preschooler who might be heading to a classroom for the first time. This lunchbag is easy to clean and made with PVC- and BPA-free materials.

Available at amazon.com, $23.33.

Personalized Lunch Box

This zipper-sided lunch box will never get lost as it comes with your child's name on the side. 

Get yours on Etsy, $33.22. 

Eco Reusable Lunch Tote

Older kids will especially like this eco-friendly option made using fully biodegradable material. It snaps closed so you bento boxes don't fall out in transit.

Get yours on Etsy, $14.50. 

Print Lunchbox by L.L.Bean

For older kids on the go all day, from school to lunch to after-school activities, you want a lunchbox that holds up yet won’t take up the whole backpack. Made of the same strong “packcloth” as its school packs and available in the same designs, these insulated, PVC- and PBA-free boxes have lunch covered—in brand new colors and prints, too.

Available at llbean.com, $19.95.

Skip Hop's Zoo Collection

Not only is Skip Hop's animal-themed gear adorable, but as a lunchbox, they've got the same quality you know and love from the brand. The roomy insulated interior keeps food and drinks cold, the mesh pocket will keep things organized, the easy-clean material is machine washable and there's even a clip to attach to a backpack or diaper bag.

Choose a new friend at Amazon, $14.99. 

Whiskware Insulated Lunch Cooler

We love the simple design of this lunch box and it's slim fit is easy to pack in your child's backpack. They are the perfect size for those long and flat bento boxes that everyone loves. 

Get yours at Amazon, $15.99. 

Avocado and Oranges Lunch Box

We love these soft lunchbox options that come in fun patterns like avocados, oranges and lemons. They are insulated to keep everything cool. 

Get yours on Etsy, $10.79. 

Freezable Lunchbox from PackIt

We know and love PackIt’s line of lunchboxes with their chill factor built right into the foldable, freezable bag. You’ll never forget the ice pack again—or take up room fitting it in along with everything else. Choose from cheerful prints like astronauts in space, rainbows and unicorns, and colorful superheroes. 

Pick your favorite at amazon.com, $21.50. 

Canvas Lunch Totes

You'll love the cute patterns for this canvas lunch tote that comes in clouds, pineapples and cactus. A velcro top hold everything in. 

Get yours on Etsy, $13.22. 

Kids EZ Wipe Printed Lunch Box

The EZ wipe lunchbox from Land's End has a widened grab handle, added best-in-class YKK zippers and sturdy mesh pockets for hefty ice packs. It's made from the same materials as their durable backpacks and can be clipped right onto them as well for convenient carrying. You also won’t have to worry about anything spoiling before lunchtime, as this lunch box is insulated, leak-resistant, and guaranteed to keep ice-packed food cold for five hours. All Lands’ End products actually come with a happiness guarantee! Choose from 10 different print combos, and don't forget, monogramming is also available for an additional $8.

Order one at landsend.com, $24.95.

Lunchbag by Eco Lunchbox

From its cord handle to green-certified screen prints, this handmade lunchbag is organic, machine washable and environmentally friendly. With all the plastic already in our kids’ lives (and oceans), the intention of this eco lunchbox is not to use an ounce of it. Their coordinated Splash Box bento is made of stainless steel and silicone and also helps achieve a zero-waste lunch. Available in sweet seahorse, sea turtle, dolphin, and whale motifs.

Available at ecolunchboxes.com, $18.99.

Dabbawalla

From unicorns to owls, elephants and hearts, there are dozens of different Dabbawalla lunchbags your kiddo can choose from. Each one has an easy-zip closure, mesh pockets for drinks and snacks and a sturdy handle. Made from washable, degradable foam, the hardest part about choosing this bag will be which style! 

Available at dabbawalla.com, $30. 

Thermos Soft Lunch Kit

The leader in insulated lunchbox accessories means this bag from Thermos will keep your kiddos lunches nice and cool, or warm. The bag comes with a padded carrying handle, an amazing variety of patterns and is made with 100% PVC free material. It's constructed with PEVA lining and closed-cell polyethylene foam insulation for the best lunch bag around. You can pick from over 20 styles, too! 

Order one from Amazon, $9.98.

Art of Lunch Insulated Neoprene Lunch Bag

This 4 mm-thick neoprene lunch bag from Art of Lunch is fashionable and functional. Made from lead-free and PVC-free materials, this larger-than-average bag is also stain-resistant and machine washable. You'll be treated to beautiful designs from artists all over the world, all while enjoying a nice chilly lunch. Choose from nine vibrant designs.

Grab one from Amazon, $24.95.

Wildkin Lunch Box

A zippered front pocket, as well as a main compartment, means there's plenty of room for food, drink and utensils in this bag by Wildkin. It's made from sturdy and durable fabric and comes with mesh pocket for ice packs. This is a super basic and functional style with lots of design variety.

Check them out on Amazon, $19.99.

Fit & Fresh Kids' Riley Insulated Lunch Bag with Zipper

The wire frame in First & Fresh's kids' lunch bag makes this lunchtime accessory easy to use since it stays open. It's made with a PEVA lined interior that's PVC-free and is easy to clean. Oh, and it's the perfect size for little kids too!

Available at Amazon, $24.25.

Bamboo Eco Friendly Lunch Box from Boon Supply

This sweet and small box is perfect for little kiddos. It's made from bamboo and melamine, comes with a rubber band for a snug fit and fits up to four cups of food. The best part? When you buy from Boon Supply, the company will donate 40 percent of the proceeds to support a local organization of your choice.

Available at boonsupply.com, $15

photo: Christine McFaul

1954 by Blended Designs

When Casey Kelley went looking for a backpack for her son that reflected faces of color, she found little available. So she added her own designs to the back-to-school lineup—and an important voice, as each bag in their 1954 collection, an homage to Brown v Board of Education, proclaims: “I can do anything!” The empowering message and is key to Blended Designs’ goal to encourage students to do their best. We also love their commitment to partnering with local community organizations in order to give away their backpacks, lunchboxes and accessories to students in less-advantaged schools for free.

Available at blendeddesigns.com, $19.95

Mackenzie Lunchbags by Pottery Barn Kids

Lunchbags from Pottery Barn Kids are high-quality mainstays. The Mackenzie collection comes in one of five styles and a bona fide bevy of prints and patterns—with tons that are brand new, from glitter to Minecraft, solid prints to glow-in-the-dark solar systems and more. You can choose between the classic lunchbox or the cold box, which comes with an ice pack that also serves as a box divider. 

Available at potterybarnkids.com, starting at $24.50 (get them for as low as $17 during their limited time offer!)

Sustainable Lunchbox from Out of the Woods

A lunchbox that's washable but also made from paper? We're all ears. This new range of lunchboxes from Out of the Woods looks sleek, almost if made out of leather, but in fact, is made from sustainable materials. Plus, the herringbone trim and anti-leak tight seams give it a modern look. 

Find it at outofthewoods.com, starting at $15. 

The Arcade from Parkland 

Not only are the lunchbags from Parkland made from recycled water bottles, but they come in super fun patterns, many of which match their backpack collection. The insulated interior is easy to clean and the velcro closure is easy for kids who have a limited lunch period. 

Available at parklandmfg.com, $19.99.

—Gabby Cullen with Jennifer Massoni Pardini

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication all items were available for purchase.

All images courtesy of retailers

 

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