See Ya Later, Brown Bag: These Are the Best Lunchboxes on the Planet

See Ya Later, Brown Bag: These Are the Best Lunchboxes on the Planet

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Make lunchtime fun again with these adorably well-designed lunchboxes.

By Patricia Cunningham

Kids lunch boxes have really come a long way from the basic brown bag. In addition to an amazing array of colorful prints and helpful features like insulation and leak-proof closures, you’ve now got some serious functionality—bento compartments for hitting all the food groups, built-in thermoses and chilling capabilities, clips and lids made for tiny hands.

Personally, I’m all about the bento. I just love creating a colorful presentation full of surprises for my daughter at lunchtime. If I have enough time in the morning (and if I am sufficiently caffeinated), I’ll even use cookie cutters to turn her favorite veggies into shapes. Let me tell you, red peppers cut into hearts are completely irresistible to a five-year old.

My son on the other hand just likes to keep things simple. Not so much into variety, he only cares that his lunch doesn’t get soggy and stale on the way to school. For that, there are great options too.

I’ve rounded up some of the best and most functional lunchboxes out there below. Your kids will be excited to tote these around.


Bentgo Kids Leakproof Children’s Lunch Box


This ingenious box from Bentgo has five compartments sized for kid fixins and it seals to keep meals and snacks fresh. No spillage or leaking, so go on and include ranch dressing for the veggies! Kid-friendly latches for little hands.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $27.99


OmieBox Bento Lunch Box with Insulated Thermos


OmieBox takes bento up a notch by throwing a thermos into the mix. Chicken noodle soup for lunch? No problem. And the thermos removes for sandwich days. Insulated for freshness and leak-proof.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $39.50


Smash Kids Stars Lunch Box


This box by Australian company Smash is made with hinged lids so you don’t have to lose your mind looking for them in the morning before you’ve even had your coffee. Comes with internal dividers and snack pods, and its case is mold-resistant.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $14.99


Fit & Fresh Bento Box Lunch Kit


A lunch box that has it all—smart compartments, removable inner snack pods, detachable ice packs and an insulated case that comes in a myriad of colorful prints. Just zip and go!

BUY FROM: Amazon, $19.99


Embark Crushproof Lunch Box


There’s nothing worse than a smooshed sandwich, am I right? This box by Embark has a molded liner that protects food from the rigors of tothood. 

BUY FROM: Target, $14.99


PackIt’s Classic Lunchbox


This lunchbox features a clever all-in-one cooling system. Freezable gel is actually built into in the walls of the bag to chill contents for hours. That’s some high-tech.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $19.99


Thermos Dual Compartment Lunch Box Batman v Superman


Okay, not only does this lunch box have two compartments to prevent the apple from crushing the veggie wrap, it also has a cape! And can switch back and forth from Batman to Superman! Awesome.

BUY FROM: Target, $11.99


Skip*Hop Mealtime Lunch Kit


Ideal for little ones just getting into the self-feeding groove, this lunch kit has oversized easy open clips and lids, but is leak-proof. Pick a favorite zoo animal and pair with a Skip*Hop lunch bag. Adorbs!

BUY FROM: Target, $8.99


Kotobuki Kotobuki Girl Geisha Bento Set


A geisha doll bento so cute you’ll want to steal it. Includes two tiers to keep food separate, and the top tier has a press-on lid to prevent leaks.

BUY FROM: Amazon $16.49


LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel Food Container


This stainless steel bento box keeps kids food fresh and chemical free. Virtually indestructible, you might still be using this for middle school.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $26.99


Built NY Big Apple Buddies Lunch Backpack


How do you make sure your kid won’t lose his lunch on the way to school? You attach it to him! This lunch bag comes equipped with backpack traps—brilliant.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $16.84


Bentology Lunch Bag and Box Set


Maybe it’s just that my daughter adores cats (who wear glasses) but what’s not to love about this lunch kit from Bentology? Comes with an insulated bag, a bento box with five portable containers and leak-resistant lids and a reusable ice pack with a matching kitty design.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $22.99


EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box


A nicely priced option for a bento lunch box, these containers are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Pair with silicon cupcake liners for a colorful presentation. Those veggies will get eaten.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $13.95

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