13 Things That Make Bringing Your Lunch so Much Better

These snack pouches, sandwich bags and more will take your lunch to the next level.

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March 03, 2020

Packing a lunch is one of the smallest, easiest ways to save money and eat healthier during the week, which I'm pretty sure we all need to do more. So, whether you're new to the lunch-packing routine or just need something inspiring to make packed lunches appealing again, you should probably check out these practical (and pretty!) finds that will make bringing your lunch so much better.

If individually wrapping every single portion isn't your thing, 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 version comes with a divider and inner lid to keep your food from touching. Since you won't have to replenish a box of sandwich bags each week, you'll save time and money in the long run.

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Here's a container that will inspire you to get creative with your salads. Thanks to the box's two leak-proof levels, you can put lettuce and leafy greens in the bottom and stack all of your favorite toppings (like cherry tomatoes, olives, protein and cheese) right on top. If we had to guess, you'll also want to snag the special condiment keeper for your salad dressing.

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Attention cereal and yogurt lovers: We're pretty sure you need this clever cup in your life. Made with a double wall of honeycomb non-toxic gel, the container freezes in just one hour and keeps contents cool through the afternoon. And since it has two compartments, you can put cereal or toppings in the top and milk or yogurt in the bottom to prevent a soggy or mushy lunch!

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Encourage your loved ones to be kinder to the earth and ensure that they always have a spoon or fork for lunch by gifting them this reusable cutlery set. Each piece is made from 100 percent recycled materials, fits neatly together for easy packing and comes in six different colors, so you can get it exactly to their liking.

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If your lunch break usually includes a smoothie or iced coffee, then you'll definitely want to snag this stainless steel straw kit. After sipping on your favorite drink, you can use the small scrub brush to clean the straw, then tuck it back into the cotton sleeve for safe-keeping.

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Designed to look like L.L. Bean's signature backpack, this adult-sized lunch box gives off seriously cool '90s vibes. Internal pockets keep utensils and snacks separated while the insulated lining is BPA- and PVC-free.

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Whether you're a coffee person, a tea person, or even a soup person (seriously!) you could use this thermos. It's got a stainless steel body to keep all its contents nice and warm and a plastic lid that doubles as a cup when flipped upside down. Plus, with those rainbow colors, it'll look just as good as whatever you put in it tastes.

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If you're keen on fruit slices, veggie sticks or nuts, then you'll get good use out of this little pouch. The reusable bag boasts a special pinch-lock seal that will prevent snacks from falling out. And since it's made of silicone, it'll last a lot longer than standard designs.

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If you're all about a good power bowl, then you'll love this container from Porter. Using a rigid plastic lid and snap-tight strap, the bowl keeps its contents safe until lunchtime. And since it was designed for repeated use, you can toss this bad boy right in the dishwasher. It's best only to use this for rice, pasta or salads, though, since reviewers had issues with soups leaking.

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Who needs plastic sandwich bags when these adorable pouches exist? Constructed from nontoxic waterproof fabric, these baggies are soft yet durable and feature a convenient zippered closure. But our favorite things about these bags are that they're dishwasher-safe and machine washable.

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Keep plastic away from your food and use Bee's Wrap when packaging up any leftovers. We love this three-pack because it comes with a small, medium and large size, so you'll have the right fit for any container. To use the wraps, just let the warmth of your hands soften them up, then create a seal and compress to the shape you desire.

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Since you're packing so much food, you'll need a sizable lunchbox to hold it all. We suggest this chic black bag from SoYoung, which was designed to complement foodie and fashion-focused lifestyles. It features a removable insulated lining for easy-cleaning and even boasts an extra back pocket for cutlery.

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Don't forget to stay hydrated! This high-tech 20-ounce sipper connects to an app on your phone to track your water intake and lights up when you're due for a swig of H2O.

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