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The best lunch bags, bento boxes and snack containers 2024

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The best lunch bags, bento boxes and snack containers 2024

Looking for a new lunch bag for your little? Look no further. We've rounded up the cutest lunch bags for kids and all the accoutrements (Bento boxes, reusable snack bags, cutlery and more!) so you can pack the perfect midday meal. (Whether your kid eats it or not is another story.)

When looking for a lunch bag, you'll want to find something that's easy to clean and durable. Remember that kids should be able to open lunch bags and containers on their own. It's a good idea to do a couple of trial runs to practise at home before the school year begins.

You'll also want to keep a couple of extra containers and kids water bottles as backups in case things go missing—don't forget to label everything.

Don't stress too much about creating those Instagram-inspired meals. The most important aspect of lunch is that it's balanced so aim for a bit of everything: a fruit, veggie, whole grain, meat or alternative, and dairy or alternative.

Your kid may not always finish what you send but stay consistent and keep sending a variety of nutritious foods that will keep their mind and body fed. The best part? These neat, space-spacing items are easy for them to maneuver whether sitting in a toddler car seat or at a proper toddler table and chairs set.

1. Stephen Joseph Rainbow All Over Print Lunchbox

Navy blue lunch bag with rainbow motif and pink accents Merchant

2. Omielife Omiebox Hot and Cold Insulated Bento Lunch

Orange bento box with four compartments including an insulated bowl Photo: Omielife

This is the best lunch bento for kids under 10 years old thanks to perfectly-portioned containers and a thermo-regulated section for foods like pasta. We love the bright colors and easy-to-clean materials. Bento box lunches are easier than ever, especially with dishwasher-safe components.

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The thermos area is a stainless steel bento box addition, though the rest of the box is made from food-grade lightweight plastics that are easy to carry and clean.

3. SafeLunch HandsClean Lunch Bag

Teal lunch bag with handle and black zipper Photo: SafeLunch

4. Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag

Cream lunch bag that says "Lunch" three times with green and yellow accents Photo: Fluf

5. Yumbox Original Safari Orange

Orange bento box with safari-themed pictures and six compartments Photo: Yumbox

This colorful pick is one of the most eye-catching bento boxes for kids and one they'll surely want to show off to their friends.

6. Hip Reusable Cutlery Set

Blue fork, knife and spoon with a carrying container Photo: Old Navy
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These fit perfectly in a kids lunch box, bag or even in the glove compartment of the car for impromptu snacking.

7. Bentgo Kids Chill RedRoyal

Red Bento box with four compartments and removable ice pack Photo: Bentgo

Fill it with all your favorite bento box lunch ideas, because this bestselling model is loaded with perfectly-sized compartments for everything from finger sandwiches to fruit.

8. Wonder Co. Cheetah Food Jar

Pink, purple and blue cheetah-print food jar with a pink lid and base Photo: Wonder Co.

9. Little Lunch Box Co. Bento Five

Grey five-compartment Bento box with orange accent and construction motif Photo: Little Lunch Box Co.
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10. Snack Box Set

Round stainless steel container with taupe and blue lids with dinosaurs Photo: Liewood

These budget-friendly to-go bowls are reusable and fit both small amounts and larger portions without worry. Throw them in the dishwasher when they need to be cleaned.

11. Sistema To Go Bento Lunch Box Food Storage Container

Four-compartment Bento box including a small containers for dips and cutlery Photo: Sistema

This plastic take on bento style lunch boxes makes it a cinch to see exactly what's inside, and that can be especially appealing to kids with sensory issues. We love how easy to carry and clean this design is.

12. So Young Green Stegosaurus Lunch Box

Burlap lunch bag with green stegosaurus and green zipper and carrying strap Photo: So Young
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13. Pep Rally Ombre Pastel Love Lunch Bag 

Pastel pink, teal and purple ombre lunch bag with water bottle holder Photo: Staples

14. Sugarbooger Happy Cactus Silverware Set

Spoon and fork with cacti design on handle Photo: Sugarbooger

15.The Sling Sisters' Large Reusable Snack Bags

Blue reusable sandwich bag with rainbows and pink zipper Photo: The Sling Sisters

16. Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box

pink lunchbox with blue accents Photo: Hydro Flask

17. Wonder Co. Race Car Bento Box

black bento box with colourful race cars Photo: Wonder Co.
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Packed lunches are more fun than ever with this lunch box that beats crummy plastic bags any day of the week. Get ready to open wide, vroom-vroom!

18. Thermos Funtainer Vacuum Insulated 10 Oz Food Jar

purple food jar with unicorns with colourful manes Photo: Thermos

We love this happiness-inducing design that can keep food warm or cold for hours without worry.

19. Heys Jurassic World Lunch Bag

Blue lunch bag with Jurassic World dinosaurs and blue handel Photo: Heys

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The robust size holds plenty of food and snacks for the most voracious eaters.

20. Torune Panda Ice Pack

Panda icepack Photo: Torune

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This article was originally published on Aug 22, 2022

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