Too Cool for School: Lunch Bags for Older Kids

Yesterday we looked at lunch bags for young kids, but dripping-with-cuteness probably won't fly with tweens and teens. So, your choice, pay for turtle lunchbox-induced future therapy or pay for a non-embarrassing, mature lunch bag now? Here are ten inconspicuous lunch bags that fly under the radar (suitable for parents, too):1. Insulated Lunch Sack by Kids Konserve: Each of these bags is made from 8 plastic bottles and has a shoulder strap should your kid skateboard to school. ($22, four colors)

2. Pedals Lunch Tote by Lugl: Rounded shape and an exterior pocket to tuck in a napkin or utensils. ($30, 11 colors)

3. Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote by Built Built is known for their colorful patterns, but some are more subdued and there's also a basic black. ($24.99, 8 patterns or black)

4. FreshPocket Man's Lunchbox by Koko: Your son might not be quite a man yet, but this is probably the most understated insulated lunch bag out there. ($15, 4 colors)

5. So Young Mother: We included SYM designs in our young kids' collection too. For older kids, skip the giraffe and robot designs and opt for the scooter, bicycle, dandelion, bird or other more adult designs. ($30 lunch box, $28 cooler bag, about 10 designs)

6. Good Lunch Sack by SugarBooger: A nice touch to this simple sack is a holder for a school ID inside. ($16, 4 colors)

7. Stöh Nylon Lunch Tote by Milkdot: Folds flat and includes an ID tag that can hang on the outside or be tucked in. ($25, 5 colors)

8. Koko Lunch Bags: Koko specializes in insulated lunch bags that look like purses. eBags is just one place to find them; do a web search for a wide selection of styles. (This one is the Tate, $17)

9. PackIt: What's innovative about these bags is their eco-gel liner. Keep it in the freezer and it will keep food cooler longer. ($20, 10 colors/designs)

10. Organic Cotton Lunch Bag by Grassroots: As basic as it gets. This bag is not insulated, but the organic unbleached cotton will appeal to young eco warriors. ($8)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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