The Best Lunchboxes to Buy for Back-to-School

Get those peanut butter sandwiches and bananas ready! It's time to start packing lunches again. Grab one of these top-rated lunchboxes to kick off the new school year.

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July 25, 2019
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Let's make your morning routine as easy as possible with the right lunchbox. We found ones that stand up to kids' wear and tear, have enough room for all their lunchtime essentials (plus, an extra snack or two!) and of course, look cool.


Kids love having fun motifs; parents love a sturdy lunchbox that will last all school year. Pottery Barn Kids' lunchboxes come in dozens of prints and four different configurations so you can find the right one for you and your kid. We love the ones, like this lightning bolt design, that have the added joy of being glow in the dark.

BUY IT: $26.50-$34.50, Pottery Barn Kids

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These oh-so-delightful lunchboxes come in a variety of animal friend shapes, including this cuddly narwhal. The soft bag has an easy-to-clean insulated lining with one main compartment for housing your kiddo's meal. All the lunchboxes also have matching backpacks and water bottles to maximize the overall cuteness factor.

BUY IT: $15, Amazon

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It's happened to all of us — that one time you forgot to clean out the lunchbox and the odor lingered for days. The FlatBox lunch bag is 100 percent machine washable so it's easy to keep clean. It also fully unzips to lay flat and act as a placemat — an added bonus for any kid with an allergy since it keeps his food from touching any other surface.

BUY IT: $16.99, FlatBox

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Instead of relying on separate ice packs, this clever lunchbox has freezable gel built into its lining. Fold it down flat and simply stick it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, it's ready to pack with lunch and keep everything cold for hours.

BUY IT: $16.16, Amazon

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The large size of this flip-top lunchbox is ideal for older kids who have a bigger appetite. Made from durable material and fully insulated, the bag is designed to last and easy to clean. The lid features a mesh pocket that holds a water bottle or cold pack separately from the rest of your food.

BUY IT: $24.95, L.L.Bean

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When in doubt, go for simplicity. This neoprene tote checks all the boxes: it's insulated to keep food hot or cold, machine washable for quick cleaning and features a classically chic pattern. The soft construction also allows it to be easily stored in a backpack.

BUY IT: $19.99, The Container Store

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This bento-style lunchbox is perfect for young eaters. Five compartments, including a small spot for veggie or fruit dip, keep everything separate for kiddos that don't like anything to touch. And the best part? It's leakproof.

BUY IT: $27.99, Target

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It's everything you need in one handy package; this lunchbox set comes with three containers and an ice pack. All of it fits in the bag with room to spare for additional snacks and a drink.

BUY IT: $21.99, Target

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