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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August 07, 2020

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.


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.

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$24.50 – $32.50

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, like this lavender dinosaur design, and four different configurations so you can find the right one for you and your kid.

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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.

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This lunch bag’s kid-friendly dimensions are roomy enough to hold it all, including a water bottle, bento box, food jar and reusable snack bags. With a dual zipper, top handle and adjustable shoulder strap, it's easy to open and easy to carry, too. You can even buy the coordinating accessories to complete the set.

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Packed with personality, Wildkin's insulated lunchboxes are spacious enough to fit all your little one's favorites — and then some! Made from durable polyester fabric with an interior moisture-resistant nylon lining, this fun lunchbox is capable of handling anything you throw at it — both inside and out.

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Available in a variety of beautiful patterns and colors, this neoprene lunch tote will keep kids' food cold for up to four hours. Plus, it's stain-resistant and machine washable for all those inevitable uh-ohs.

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

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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 is easy to clean. The lid features a mesh pocket that holds a water bottle or cold pack separately from the rest of your food.

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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 and keep everything cold for hours.

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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 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.

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