Is it just us, or does summer vacation begin, we run through some sprinklers, eat a few popsicles, tend to the garden (how are your tomato plants, by the way?), light some sparklers, and then it’s already back to school? Whew! Summer is always such a whirlwind.
When we’re thinking about Back to School, we get pretty excited about the fashions (who doesn’t?!), but we don’t always spend as much time researching the best gear, especially lunch boxes and the like. They seem like low-hanging fruit—if you’ll allow us the slight dad joke—and yet we can forget all about them.
This list supplements our post about The Best Bento Boxes for Young Kids, so open that in another tab to pick your go-to box and then read below to see our favorite lunch boxes and lunchtime accessorize to delight your kiddo!
Lunch Boxes & Water Bottles
A top seller, and available in multiple prints and sizes! The various sizes feature zipper storage pockets and come with removable ice packs that fasten to the interior to create compartments. (If you’re going with a Bento Box insert, the Cold Pack size is the best bet for fit.)
A simple option at a great price! This lunch bag is triple insulated and features a snap buckle handle to carry by hand or attach to a backpack. Available in lots of fun prints!
The PackIt Lunch Box is unique because it has built-in ice packs! Pop it in the freezer overnight, and it will keep food and drinks chilled for hours, eliminating the need for separate ice packs. It’s also collapsible and features a buckle handle to be carried by hand or attached to a backpack.
The stainless steel water bottle has a slim design with a straw and a push-button pop-up lid that is easy to open. It keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours and has a slim design that easily fits most backpack bottle holders. Available in two sizes – 12 ounces and 17 ounces.
The CamelBak Eddy is a top-selling kids’ water bottle, but we prefer this insulated one because it keeps water chilled through lunch. Made from stainless steel, this water bottle is extra durable, plus spill-proof when open and leak-proof when closed.
Utensils & Food Containers
An adorable on-the-go utensil set for kids! The carrying case can be easily looped onto lunch bags or backpacks so your child will always be able to find it, and they won’t take up valuable lunchbox space.
Another alternative to single-use plastic but Stasher Bags are made from food-grade silicone and available in a wider variety of sizes. Plus, they are microwavable, freezer-friendly, and dishwasher safe.
If your child prefers a hot lunch or some fresh fruit, an insulated food jar will keep their food at the perfect temperature until lunchtime. This food jar is insulated, features a wide mouth for easy cleaning and eating, and has a handle with a lid for easy opening for little hands.
Silicone cupcake liners are a great addition to bento-style lunch boxes. They make lunchtime more fun by separating veggies, snacks, or treats. They’re reusable and dishwasher safe too!
Lunch Box Notes
Minted makes various adorable personalized labels for food containers, lunch boxes, water bottles, and more. The labels are non-toxic, laundry safe, dishwasher safe, and waterproof.
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