15 Best Reusable Lunch Containers and Accessories
Take your lunch to the next level with our favorite Stasher bags, W&P Porter bowls, bento boxes, cutlery sets and more.
Packing a lunch is one of the smallest, easiest ways to save money and eat healthier during the week. But just in case you need a little more motivation to prep your food at home, we've rounded up the best reusable containers and accessories you can buy right now. Best of all? Everything's under $40.
First thing first: You'll need a cute and quality lunch box. We recommend the Bentgo Deluxe Bag, which has two spacious compartments for all of your food (plus external pockets for utensils and napkins). The Bentgo is also completely insulated, equipped with a top handle and an adjustable shoulder strap, comes in 10 colors and helps support Feed The Children.
If individually wrapped portions aren't your thing, then allow us to introduce you to the modern bento box. Inspired by traditional Japanese containers — which usually hold a single serving of rice, meat and cooked vegetables — this sleek tin allows you to organize and stack food without relying on sandwich bags, plastic wrap, etc. The piece features a snap-on lid, an upper tray, a divider with three utensils, a lower compartment and a strap to hold it all together. It's also available in eight colors.
When in doubt, skip the cheap plastic utensils and invest in some high-quality stainless steel cutlery. Inside the sleek carrying case, you'll find a reusable fork, spoon and pair of chopsticks with matching Nano coating handles. The set is dishwasher safe, available in three colors and will last for years.
Nothing will encourage you to stay hydrated throughout the day like a pretty and personalized water bottle. We love this piece from Hydracy (and have a feeling that you will, too) because it boasts a fast-flowing hygienic nozzle, a secure lock ring, a fruit strainer for infused drinks, a zero-condensation sleeve and time markers to keep you sipping. The shatterproof water bottle also comes in your choice of 10 colors.
Put your power bowls to work inside this chic container from W&P. The modern design features a tight-fitting lid and a matching silicone strap to secure food contents in place. And thanks to the Porter's generous one-liter capacity, you can pack it to the brim with leafy greens and grains. (Read: Save the soup for the Porter Seal-Tight Bowl.)
Need to take breakfast on the go? Want to dig into some yogurt and granola during lunchtime? These thoughtfully designed mason jars will help you get the job done. Each one comes with a leakproof lid and an integrated hanging spoon, so you can avoid messes and get straight to munching.
Here's a bento box that will inspire you to get creative with your salads. You can fill the lower compartment with leafy greens, then load the top with sliced fruits or veggies, chopped nuts and other garnishes. There's even a small, lidded compartment in the center for salad dressing. And because the container is made of glass, it's microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Sometimes a sandwich or salad is better with soup. Luckily, you can get your fix (and skip the single-use plastic bowls) with this Fewoo Insulated Thermos. The container is made from food-grade stainless steel and has double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your liquids piping hot for hours. The inner lid includes a foldable spoon, too, so you don't have to pack an extra utensil.
If you haven't heard of Stasher sandwich and snack bags yet, prepare to be impressed. Unlike plastic and paper quart bags, Stasher products are dishwasher safe and can be used over and over again. They also boast a Pinch-Loc seal to keep your food fresh for hours. Best of all? Part of the sales from every Stasher bag goes directly to environmental nonprofits.
For your morning commute or afternoon walk, we highly recommend these reusable snack pouches from Zip Top. Each piece is crafted from silicone and features an innovative flat base to help it stand upright. In turn, you can easily keep these snack pouches in your cup holder or on your desk. They're perfect for granola, nuts, fruit slices, etc.
Now this is one convenient snack container. Keep your soup and crackers or salad and croutons separate until lunchtime courtesy of the Mepal Lunchpot. The piece is outfitted with two airtight and leakproof compartments, so you can prep and pack your lunch more efficiently. Plus, the container is dishwasher-safe so cleanup is nearly effortless.
If you prefer your salad dressing on the side, then you'll love this handy silicone squeeze bottle. Instead of accidentally dousing your salad, you can use the spout to control exactly how much dressing goes on. (And waste a lot less liquid in the long run.) Plus, at the end of the day, you can twist off the cap and flip the bottle inside out for easy cleanup.
Show your leftovers some love by covering them in sustainable Bee's Wrap. We're huge fans of this three-pack because you can choose from a small, medium or large sheet, and immediately get the perfect fit for your food. (No more guessing and promptly wasting lengths of aluminum foil.) Simply hold the Bee's Wrap in your hand, fold it over your food and press gently to create a seal. Once you've eaten or composted your scraps, you can wash the sheet in your kitchen sink.