Prep for Back-to-School Lunches With 10 Cool Finds

School bells will be ringing before you know it. Get set for another great year with these awesome finds for your kiddo's lunch.

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July 31, 2018
From Amazon

Bento boxes are all the rage for kids' lunches (just check Pinterest!). You don't need to stick to their original sushi function — they're perfect for divvied up snacks and mains. All the food will stay separate and intact by lunch time. BUY IT: Amazon, $28

From Amazon

Ditch the throw-away plastic snack and sandwich bags this school year. You'll not only save money in the long run, but you'll also help reduce waste. These cute bags come in a zippable three-pack with an adorable plant print. BUY IT: Amazon, $18

When soft sandwiches come home uneaten because they were pummeled before lunchtime, you may want to opt for a hard-sided lunch box. This one comes with a firm liner that's easy to wipe clean in case of spills. BUY IT: Lands' End, $25

From Amazon

If your kids quickly grow bored with the sandwich-and-snack routine, try an insulated container that you can fill with soups, chili or pasta. It's small enough to fit neatly in their lunch bag and will keep food hot for up to 6 hours. BUY IT: Amazon, $25

From Amazon

You can't be blamed for not wanting to send your everyday flatware in with your kids' lunches. Who knows if they'll make it home. But if you snag a packable set like this with its own container, your kids may make sure they keep track of them. BUY IT: Amazon, $9.31

This super cool bag converts into a placemat for easy access to all the contents of your kid's lunch. Bonus: It keeps their food off the lunch table. It may work better for older kids who can handle the zips with a little speed when its time to quickly pack up again. BUY IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $15

From Amazon

Insulated neoprene lunch bags have been on the market for a while now, but Built NY was the original big brand to make reusable so chic. This durable bag comes with a carrying strap to make the trip to the lunch room, and home again, a breeze. BUY IT: Amazon, $25

From Target

Kids love containers that are made just for them, and even better, ones that have their own special collapsible utensils included. This one has a fold up spoon that snaps neatly onto the top. Mac and cheese or a salad will stay insulated, neat and contained with the twist-on lid. BUY IT: Target, $9

From Amazon

Kids these days (thankfully) drink way more water than their parents did when they were young. Reward their healthy habit with an insulated water bottle. This one, which is available in loads of colors and a couple special prints, will keep their H20 icy cold for up to 24 hours. BUY IT: Amazon, $28

From Etsy

Sending a sweet note in your kiddo's lunch is a time-honored tradition. Even if they groan about it, tell your little one how much you love them with a cool scratch-off, personalized note like these. BUY IT: Etsy, $16 for 24

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