9 Kids Lunchboxes That’ll Keep Your Little One’s Food Fresh All Day Long

updated Aug 12, 2021
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With the month of August flying by as fast as the rest of the summer has, we’re already being pounded by the pressure of back-to-school preparations, which means getting the essentials together is a must. One of the most important purchases? The right lunch box. Whether your kids are begging you for a new one (as they do every year) or this is the first time you need to purchase one, we’ve got you covered. From bento-inspired bags and cases that are all the rage right now to classic lunch boxes complete with optional personalization (because you can’t lose your lunch box as easily if your names on it!), we scoured the web for the best of the best and found nine lunch boxes that are sure to be both kid and parent-approved. Got a lunch box you and your kiddo swear by that’s not on this list? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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was $39.99

Bentgo's kid lunch box has been a beloved pick for years now and it's easy to see why. Inspired by classic bento design, this box features five compartments that makes portioning out food and snack a dream. Top that off with a leak- and drop-proof design, a fun selection of kid-friendly patterns, and a BPA-free design, and it's definitely the one to beat.

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Pottery Barn Kids

When it comes to monogrammed kids' lunch boxes, there's one place that immediately comes to mind: Pottery Barn Kids. While they've added many new designs to their lineup, the Mackenzie lunch box is the staple parents consistently turn to. Featuring a BPA-free and easy to clean PEVA vinyl lining, this lunch box is covered in durable, water-resistant 600-denier polyester, tailored with rugged zippers, and features straps easily attach it to most backpacks.

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L.L. Bean

For a trusty insulated lunch box, L.L. Bean's classic offering has been a top pick since yours truly was a child. This lunch box comes in eight fun colors, features an easy-to-clean BPA- and PVC-free lining, and comes complete with an internal mesh pocket, perfect for ice packs, snacks, or utensils.

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Hydro Flask

For a high-end pick, turn to America's favorite insulated water bottle brand: Hydro Flask. Its insulated kids lunch box features a sleek modern design, two layers of insulation, and an interior band that can holds utensils and an ice pack. Best of all, these boxes fall under Hydro Flask's five-year warranty for extra peace of mind.

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Eco-friendly, safe, and durable, if a stainless steel lunch box is on your shopping list, this is the one you want to pick up. LunchBots' lunch container is designed with three compartments and is made to be thrown in the dishwasher at the end of the day for easy clean up after a long day.

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If you're looking for a way to keep your kids food fresh sans ice pack, PackIt's freezable lunch box is the one for you. Coming in a host of fun colors and patterns, this box is lined with a freezable non-toxic gel that's meant to keep food and drinks chilled for hours. Simply stick the entire lunchbox in the freezer overnight (don't worry, it collapses for room) and presto: a fresh meal awaits your hungry kiddo.

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The Omie Kids lunch box is another fun take on the classic bento box but takes it up a notch thanks to one thing: a removable thermos insert. With three other storage compartments, a durable construction, and an incredibly adorable design, all that's left is to pick up the matching utensils.

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One of the best parts about lunch box shopping is looking through all the incredible cute designs and Wildkin is home to some of our favorites. Wildkin lunchboxes has a great selection: from butterflies and mermaids to unicorns and rainbows, there's a bunch to choose from. But these are not only great to look at. They also come with superior insulation, a spacious layout, and an easy-clean design.

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Ok, so this isn't a lunch box, but as an essential part of many kids' lunch experiences, we thought adding a durable thermos to this list was a necessity. The Thermos Funtainer comes in a bunch of fun colors and designs, features vacuum insulation, and stays hot for up to five hours and cold for up to seven. Best of all, it comes with an unfolding spoon so your little one will always be set.