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August, 2023 | Megan Stein

10 Cute Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School Season

Bagged lunch may have earned itself a reputation for soggy sandwiches and bruised apples over the years. But with the right cute lunch boxes, a meal on the go can be downright delicious. And they aren’t just for kids anymore. Even adults need a secure way to stash their afternoon snack or desk spread in style!

Luckily, today’s lunch boxes have evolved in more ways than one, providing a pretty, organized, insulated, and smell-proof way to pack everything from tuna to chicken tikka masala. To help you prepare for back-to-school season (where, let’s be honest, even we adults like to pick up a few new supplies), here are some fun lunch boxes for kids and adults that will get the job done—and look good doing it.

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Calpak Insulated Lunch Bag


This chic bag from Calpak looks more like a charming tote than a lunch box—and that’s just the way we like it. Choose from 20 different patterns and colors, each of which features a cinched drawstring closure for easy access. The inside is insulated and totally wipeable, with multiple pockets to help keep your mid-day snacks and lunch salad sorted.

Hydro Flask Lunch Bag


Hydro Flask is known for keeping drinks hot or cold for hours, so it makes sense that their lunch box would boast the same temperature-perfecting magic. This BPA-free lunch box is ideal for kids or adults, with a roomy insulated interior large enough to hold an ice pack, thermos, and other food containers. Best of all, the open-access zip top offers kids plenty of room to get their lunch in and out, hassle-free.

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Miniware Ready Go Bento Box


As any parent knows, littles aren’t exactly the most organized population on the planet. Help them keep their lunch arranged just so with this kit from Miniware. It features a perfectly pint-sized pack (which is water-resistant and insulated), along with a metal bento box and two silicone pods, ideal for stashing snacks or a dessert surprise.

Kate Spade New York Cute Lunch Box


Kate Spade is known for their happy prints, making this one lunch box that will put a smile on your face whenever you spot it in the office break room. The flat base makes it easy to keep upright at your desk or in the fridge, while the insulated interior wipes clean in the case of spills or stains. Choose your favorite from a selection of cheeky prints, including zesty lemons, playful dots, and vibrant candy stripes.

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Daisy Scott Designs Personalized Nylon Lunch Box


These punchy and bright lunch boxes will definitely stand out—and eliminate any chance your kids have of forgetting their pack under the bus seat. Each insulated nylon lunch box features upscale accents, like gold hardware and personalized patches that allow children to customize their own look. A duo of handles—one for handheld toting, one for shoulder toting—makes it easy to carry from class to cafeteria.

L.L.Bean Lunch Box


L.L.Bean has been a lunch box classic for decades, and for good reason: You simply can’t beat the quality and straightforward simplicity. This basic-but-better design features plenty of room for a filling lunch, an interior mesh pocket for added organization, and an easy-to-clean BPA- and PVC-free lining. You can even get it monogrammed so your child never has to wonder which bag is theirs.

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VonNova Aesthetic Lunch Bag


Sustainably minded snackers will appreciate toting around this earth-friendly bag, which is made from 100% recyclable Tyvek paper. The exterior is both water- and tear-resistant, with a supremely lightweight design that won’t add extra bulk to your daily commute. The interior is surprisingly roomy (it can hold up to six water bottles!), with a flat bottom that will keep soups, dressing, and stews upright to avoid spills.

Simple Modern Kids Lunch Box


For a lunch box that marries form with function, look no further than this design from Simple Modern. It features just enough room for lunches—including space for a thermos and an interior mesh pocket—as well as effective insulation and an exterior zipper pouch. Even better, the handle doubles as a clip, so your child can either tote it by hand or attach it to their backpack for the bus ride home. Cute patterns like sprinkles, unicorns, dinosaurs, and sea creatures will ensure your little learner snacks in style.

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YETI Daytrip Lunch Box


If you’re looking to splurge on a lunch box that truly does it all, there may be no more worthy buy than this Yeti lunch box. True to form, the brand has pulled out all the stops, including a Thermosnap magnetic closure that provides extra insulation and a durable, water-resistant exterior that can stand up to enormous amounts of wear and tear. Straps on three of the four sides make it easy to grab and go, whether you’re late for your morning meeting or dashing out the door to meet friends for wine and cheese in the park.

Indigo n’ Whales Insulated Lunch Bag


Brighten up your lunch break with this cheery—and surprisingly roomy—lunch tote from Etsy. The oversized design features long handles for easy toting and a double-zipper closure for added security. Our favorite part? The waterproof exterior and insulated interior are extra-plush, making this a great option if you experience a crowded commute and often suffer from a squished lunch.

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