13 Things That Make Bringing Your Lunch So Much Better

Whether you're starting a healthy new routine or trying to be more eco-friendly, these snack pouches, sandwich bags and more will take your lunch to the next level.

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June 18, 2019

Compact Cutlery Set

Can you say "BYO cutlery"? Instead of turning the break room upside down for a fork or relying on any pre-packaged plastic, shop this set of sustainable bamboo utensils. We love this kit because it comes with a linen napkin, fork, knife and spoon that all fold neatly into a patterned pouch.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $24

Cool Yogurt Cup

Attention cereal and yogurt lovers: This clever cup is going to be a total game changer. Made with a double wall of honeycomb non-toxic gel, the container freezes in one hour but keeps its contents cool throughout the afternoon. It also has two different compartments, so you can put cereal or toppings in the top and milk or yogurt in the bottom to avoid a soggy situation.

Buy It: Amazon, $12.99

Stainless Straw Kit

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.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $13

Retro-Themed Thermos

Packing soup? Then you definitely need a reliable thermos. We suggest this bold 700ml one from ban.do, which has a double-insulated design to keep liquids hot until lunch. Thanks to the retro-themed graphic, you can also trust that no one will confuse their container for yours!

Buy It: ban.do, $18

Silicone Snack Pouch

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

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $10

Reusable Sandwich Bag

Who needs plastic sandwich bags when this adorable canvas pouch exists? Constructed from an eco-friendly blend of cotton and jute, this container is soft yet durable and even features a button-loop closure.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $10

Modern Bento Box

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.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $29

Power Bowl Pal

Alternatively, 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.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $25

Stackable Salad Container

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.

Buy It: Amazon, $15.99 and up

Portable Pineapple Cooler

Keep your wraps or cans of sparkling water at the perfect temperature with the help of this cute, pineapple-shaped cooler. In addition to two easy-to-open zippers, the cooler comes with an adjustable strap, so you can carry it just like a shoulder bag.

Buy It: Paper Source, $24.95

Measured Water Bottle

Don't forget to stay hydrated! Since the Contigo Autospout has a sturdy clip-on handle, the bottle attaches right onto purses or backpacks and keeps water in easy reach. And, because the bottle's marked with small measurements, it can even help track your hourly intake.

Buy It: Amazon, $9.85

Bee's Wrap Container Covers

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.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $18 (Set of 3)

Chic Black Lunch Box

Sophisticated adult that you are, you definitely need a stylish lunch box. We suggest this chic black bag from SoYoung, which was conveniently designed to complement foodie and fashion-focused lifestyles. The box boasts a removable insulated lining for easy-cleaning and even has an extra back pocket for cutlery.

Buy It: Anthropologie, $44