Cool Lunch Bags & Lunch Boxes for Keeping Your Kids’ Lunch Cool | Back-To-School Guide 2016
As much as we’re dreading packing school lunches for the next 9 months, these cool lunch bags and lunch boxes lessen the blow. Because these aren’t any ordinary lunch bags. Na-uh mama. We’ve examined and tested them all and rounded up only the very best to hold your child’s PB&J. We’re talking easy-to-clean, super insulated, and pushing the boundaries of what a lunch box can be (think converting into a placemat or becoming a freezer pak!).
Note: if you're looking for the perfect lunch/snack box for your Preschooler (or even daycare or kindergarten), check out our Preschool Back-to-School Guide
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We love a personalized lunch tote, and tinyme does them right. They offer a huge range of modern designs to suit the taste of both little kids (animals, trucks, dinosaurs) and big kids (cool retro graphics). You can even get your child’s likeness on it so there’s no question whose lunch is whose!
This miniature lunch bag version of the cool backpacks from MadPax (featured in our Big Kid Backpack Guide) is insulated and the perfect size for a sandwich, snack and water bottle. The super fun designs and bright colors are kid-approved and are sure to liven up the lunch room.
You’ll never forget the freezer pack with this lunch bag, because this lunch bag IS the freezer pack. Simply fold up the bag, pop it into the freezer overnight, and then pack it up in the morning. The built-in freezable gel liner will keep your kid’s lunch cool for up to 10 hours – perfect for kids’ with after-school sports and activities that require an extra drink or snack. Lunch bag innovation!
The color blocking on this Pottery Barn Kids lunch bag is right on trend, but the zipper compartments, padded insulation and ability to add custom reflective patches will never go out of style.
Your kids will love the variety of patterns and easy-to-open flap of the Wildkin Munch ‘n’ Lunch Bag. You will love the easy-to-clean interior and the fold flat design for easy storage each night. Winner winner.
This fun lunch tote has hip retro designs and a waterproof exterior, making the whole bag easy to wipe clean. There’s an interior mesh pocket for silverware or an ice pack, and an exterior pocket for extra snacks, napkins or seriously cheesy mom-jokes.
These brightly colored lunchboxes feature a “secret” 2nd compartment that will make lunchtime extra fun. Both sections are fully-insulated and the extra padding keeps your sandwiches from getting squished. And there’s no nasty toxics here – all of the Crocodile Creek bags are PVC, Phthalate, BPA, and vinyl free.
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Your kid will be the talk of the cafeteria when they pull out their mini Nike duffel bag. But this is no ordinary gym bag because instead of holding stinky socks, it’s shrunken and insulated to keep their lunch cool as a cucumber. Cool indeed.
How cool is this? A lunch bag that converts into a placemat. Just unzip down the 4 edges and your child has a germ-free surface on which to eat their lunch. Perfect for kids with allergies and germ-a-phobes alike. And no need to wipe-clean, just stick it in the washing machine.
We’ve featured STATE’s smaller “Ryder” lunch bag in our Preschool Back-to-School Guide, but this one is perfect for your older kid who is looking for a trendy and sleek container to hold their larger-sized lunch. We’re partial to this map print which reminds us of the crazy confusing streets of Boston where What Moms Love is based.
Your big kid will love the look of this reusable tote, with a neat zip-top closure, soft handles and graphic prints. Get it personalized so it won’t get mixed up with their bestie’s.
There’s no bells or whistles with this lunch bag, but you tween or teen won’t be able to resist the emoji print.
At first glance this may look like a plain ol’ brown paper lunch bag. But upon closer inspection, you’ll find an insulated, tear-proof, durable container that closes with a double-magnet. Your no-frills kids will love this one.
With a modern “hand bag” design, your budding fashionista will feel right at home toting their lunch in this Fit and Fresh bag. It’s wire top frame makes for easy packing (no collapsing!) and opening, and it comes in a variety of fun prints.
This handsome looking LunchBots bag is designed specifically to hold their awesome bento containers (check them out in our Lunch Containers guide). The dual compartments help keep your child’s lunch organized with the bottom section sized to fit a large LunchBots, and the top to hold a waterbottle and extra snacks. There’s also a shoulder strap that can snap on for easy carrying to and from the caf.
For the ultimate prepster, these preppy lunch bags from Vineyard Vines fit the bill. They’re packed with features too like a side water bottle pocket with an adjustable elastic cord, an interior mesh pocket, name tab and a carry strap with clip that can attach to their backpack.
This generously sized lunch bag is perfect for your growing kid’s growing appetite. With simple minimalistic lines and bold solid colors, it’s hard to go wrong with the Good Lunch Sack. Pop it into the washing machine when the inevitable stink begins.
This smart-looking lunch bag features a cool roll-top that can be rolled down to fit the size of the lunch inside (and rolled up completely if empty). A flat front exterior pocket is great for extra lunch-time “accessories” and it can be monogrammed to match the pop-of-color seams.
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