It’s that time of year again – summer is winding down and it’s time to start thinking of back to school. With the return to classrooms and learning comes a return of packed lunches.

Gone are the days of the brown paper bag – unless you’re still into that, in which case we’ve got you covered! – and in is the era of bento boxes, insulated cooler systems and plenty of nifty lunchtime gadgets and doodads. There are more options than ever before when it comes to packing your little ones a healthy and nutritious midday meal.

It’s important to keep in mind proper food storage when packing your child’s lunch. The CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each and every year, which makes ensuring your child’s lunch is safely packed is of the utmost importance. Young children, pregnant women and the elderly are all at increased risk of contracting a foodborne illness. Add a cold pack if their meal needs to stay cool and pack hot meals in a thermal container of some kind.

Here are 50 of the school lunch supplies and accessories for kids that we consider to be the coolest and handiest to have, based on available features and average customer reviews.

1. Lifefactory 9-Ounce Glass Bottle with Flat Cap and Silicone Sleeve

These glass drinking bottles are a favorite among parents and kids alike for their sleek design and bright, fun color combinations. This size features a flat cap or can also fit the sippy cup lid for easier drinking, and the silicone sleeve makes gripping the bottle even easier for little hands.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Phthalate- and PVC-free

Cost: *Est. $14.59

2. Hutzler Snack Attack Carrot and Dip to-Go

Go all meta on your little ones by serving them up a carrot and dip snack inside of a carrot-shaped storage container. All storage pieces stack together for ease of portability.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Easy to open

Cost: *Est. $8.06

3. Thermos 12 Ounce Funtainer Bottle, Frozen

Help keep cold liquids cold for up to 12 hours with this Frozen-inspired thermal storage bottle. Kids will love the Elsa and Anna motif and you’ll have peace of mind knowing their drink remains at a safe temperature all day long.

Key features:

  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • Push button lid, pop-up straw
  • BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $18.39

4. Light My Fire BPA-Free Tritan Spork Little – 3-Pack

This little spork multipack makes packing your child’s lunch a breeze. You won’t have to worry about packing a full cutlery set for your child each day as this spork has a spoon on one end and a fork on the other. Cuts down on packing and washing!

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Lightweight design is heat-resistant

Cost: *Est. $6.99

5. Everest Cooler Lunch Bag

This lunch bag offers multiple storage compartments and is insulated to help keep your child’s lunch at the perfect temperature. Available in a choice of color options and designs to suit every style.

Key features:

  • Vinyl lining easily wipes clean
  • Easy carry shoulder strap
  • Front pocket for cutlery storage

Cost: *Est. $10.01

6. Rubbermaid LunchBlox small durable bag – Black Etch

Known for their durable, high-quality products, this Rubbermaid lunch bag is no exception and features a convenient carry handle and shoulder strap for ease of portability. There’s plenty of space in the bag and even a side pocket to carry a water bottle.

Key features:

  • Choose from two sizes and multiple color options
  • Lightweight design
  • Compatible with LunchBlox containers

Cost: *Est. $10.47

7. Disney Frozen Lunch Box Carry Bag with Shoulder Strap and Water Bottle

Get in on the Frozen fun with this cute lunch bag that features an easy carry handle and a shoulder strap. This lunch bag also comes with a water bottle to help ensure your little one is hydrated all day long.

Key features:

  • Two layers help keep food fresher
  • Convenient inside pocket
  • High-quality zipper

Cost: *Est. $10.89

8. LunchBots Uno Stainless Steel Food Container

This high-quality stainless steel food storage container is ideal for packing any number of ‘dry’ lunch items and comes in several sizes and lid colors to make your child’s lunch a stylish affair.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Made from 18/8 stainless steel

Cost: *Est. $20.99

9. Lifefactory 22-Ounce Glass Bottle with Flip Cap and Silicone Sleeve

These glass drinking bottles are a favorite among parents and kids alike for their sleek design and bright, fun color combinations. This size features a flip cap that can also be easily interchanged with all the other large-sized drinking lids, and the silicone sleeve makes gripping the bottle even easier for little hands.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Phthalate- and PVC-free

Cost: *Est. $14.80

10. Hutzler Snack Attack Celery and Dip to Go Serve Set

This cute little celery-shaped storage container is a fun way to send your little one off to school with more veggies in their lunch and even has a handy dip container that stacks together for easy storage and portability.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Available in other designs

Cost: *Est. $18.95

11. Light My Fire 8-Piece BPA-Free Meal Kit 2.0 with Plate, Bowl, Cup, Cutting Board, Spork and More

This lunch kit offers an all-in-one meal storage solution for your child’s school lunch with multiple storage containers which lids also double as plates, cup, and a spork. A number of space-saving and intelligent designs make this ideal for on-the-go eating.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Microwave-safe

Cost: *Est. $24.90

12. Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sandwich Sav’r

Send your little one’s sandwich to school in style with this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sandwich storage container. This helps prevent the sandwich from squishing and spoiling like in plastic zip storage bags.

Key features:

  • Choose from all the Turtles
  • Available in various color options
  • Seals tight

Cost: *Est. $7.99

13. Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich and Salad Combo Kit

Available in a number of different kit options to suit your lunchtime needs, these storage containers are a durable, leak-proof solution for packed lunches. Compatible with the Rubbermaid LunchBlox lunch bag listed above.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Microwave- and freezer-safe

Cost: *Est. $16.58

14. ECOlunchbox Three-in-One Stainless Steel Food Container Set

This set offers a three-in-one food storage solution to help make packed lunches more organized and better able to fit in your child’s lunch box. Adjustable clips can be customized so even the littlest eaters can open them on their own.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Made from 205 series stainless steel
  • Perfect size for kids’ meals

Cost: *Est. $31.80

15. Lifefactory 1-Cup Glass Food Storage with Silicone Sleeve

This glass food storage container features a silicone sleeve to help prevent slips and breakage and is available in a selection of colors to suit nearly every style. The tempered glass and sleeve is even oven- and freezer-safe – plus, it’s made in North America.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Phthalate- and PVC-free

Cost: *Est. $11.99

16. Light My Fire Salt & Pepper Plus Spice Storage and Dispenser

Take your spices and seasonings on the go with this handy little gadget. It features an air and watertight design to ensure the ultimate freshness of whatever is stored in it. Can also be used for medications or small amounts of liquids.

Key features:

  • Shock-resistant
  • Available in a large selection of colors
  • Three storage compartments

Cost: *Est. $9.89

17. Thermos 10 Ounce Funtainer Food Jar, Frozen

This thermal food storage container will match the cold beverage one listed above thanks to its Frozen design. Ideal for keeping cold foods cold up to 7 hours and hot foods hot up to 5, it’s designed to provide maximum temperature retention.

Key features:

  • Wide-mouth design is easy to use
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Holds up to 10 ounces

Cost: *Est. $13.04

18. Rubbermaid LunchBlox medium durable bag – Black Etch

Known for their durable, high-quality products, this Rubbermaid lunch bag is no exception and features a convenient carry handle and shoulder strap for ease of portability. There’s plenty of space in the bag and even a side pocket to carry a water bottle.

Key features:

  • Choose from two sizes and multiple color options
  • Lightweight design
  • Compatible with LunchBlox containers

Cost: *Est. $10.47

19. Sistema Klip It 3 by 15.2-Ounce Sandwich Box Set, 3-Pack

Thanks to its airtight seal, this sandwich box food storage container will help keep your child’s lunch fresher, longer, and the multipack option means you won’t have to wash dishes every day. Choose from clear containers or a colored multipack for added lunchtime fun.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Microwave-safe

Cost: *Est. $10.03

20. Evriholder Dressing to Go 2-Ounce Salad Dressing Container, 2-Pack

Help your little one get their greens in and enjoy salad even more with this handy salad dressing container. You can put in just the right amount of dressing without worrying about it dripping, spilling or losing freshness. Great for homemade dressings as well.

Key features:

  • Available in single or multipacks
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cost: *Est. $12.29

21. To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Snack Containers – Tiffin Sidekick – 5 Pack

These little storage containers are ideal for snacks and sides and feature an eco-friendly design thanks to their stainless steel construction. Thanks to their design they are easy for little ones to open on their own.

Key features:

  • Food-safe 14/1 grade stainless steel
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Durable design

Cost: *Est. $24.95

22. LunchBots Duo Stainless Steel Food Container

A favorite of parents for a number of years, Lunchbot containers are built to last and are made from high-quality materials. This container is ideal for snacks thanks to its two side-by-side storage compartments. They’re available in a selection of colors to suit every style.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Durable 18/8 stainless steel construction
  • Base is dishwasher-safe

Cost: *Est. $23.99

23. Lifefactory 2-Cup Glass Food Storage with Silicone Sleeve

This glass food storage container features a silicone sleeve to help prevent slips and breakage and is available in a selection of colors to suit nearly every style. The tempered glass and sleeve is even oven- and freezer-safe – plus, it’s made in North America.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Phthalate- and PVC-free

Cost: *Est. $17.99

24. Disney Frozen Tight Lunch Box

Coordinate your child’s entire lunch kit with this Frozen-themed food storage container. The container is BPA-free and features two compartments for easily packing a variety of items.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Holds up to 60mL
  • Microwave-safe

Cost: *Est. $14.05

25. Rubbermaid LunchBlox Modular Food Storage Containers, Blue Ice Reusable Ice Pack

These ice packs from Rubbermaid are compatible with the entire LunchBlox system and feature a unique design that allows them to remain frozen longer (and without the mess) than regular ice. Their space-saving design allows for stacking of LunchBlox containers both above and below the ice pack.

Key features:

  • Non-toxic
  • Made in the USA
  • Dishwasher-safe (top rack)

Cost: *Est. $5.99

26. Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag, Owl

Skip Hop makes some of the most adorable products for children and their lunch bags are no exception, as this little owl shows. The convenient carry handle on top of the insulated bag is ideal for little hands to pick up and carry on their own.

Key features:

  • Available in a selection of cute designs
  • PVC- and BPA-free
  • Wipe-clean interior

Cost: *Est. $12.00

27. 3 Pcs Bento Box Set – Ergonomic Lunch Boxes- Easy-Open, Airtight Lids

This three-compartment food storage container allows you to safely keep different foods in your child’s lunch separated and features a space-saving, stackable design.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cost: *Est. $12.77

28. Little SqueezeMe – Large Reusable Baby Food Squeeze Pouch (5 Pack)

Squeezable snacks have been rising in popularity over the last few years, but store-bought varieties create a lot of waste. This reusable food squeeze pouch solves that problem and can be packed with your own healthy, homemade snacks (or bulk purchases).

Key features:

  • 90 day money-back guarantee
  • Dishwasher- and freezer-safe
  • BPA-, lead-, PVC-, and phthalate-free

Cost: *Est. $14.95

29. ChicoBag Snack Time rePETe (Recycled PET) Baggies Snack and Sandwich Reusable Bags, Pack of 3

Made from recycled materials, these snack and sandwich storage bags offer a reusable solution to an otherwise highly wasteful area of packed lunches – sandwich baggies. They feature a secure Velcro closure to help contain foodstuffs.

Key features:

  • Machine-washable
  • BPA-, lead-, PVC-, and phthalate-free
  • Easy-to-adjust size

Cost: *Est. $16.56

30. Sacko Large Insulated Lunch Bag with Adjustable Shoulder Strap

This simple-looking lunch bag features a number of smart designs including a convenient carry handle on the top and side, separate front zipper compartment for cutlery storage and side bungeed area for holding additional items.

Key features:

  • Large, insulated main storage area
  • Available in a choice of two colors
  • Large enough for two lunches (ideal for twins/siblings)

Cost: *Est. $19.61

31. Lifefactory 4-Cup Glass Food Storage with Silicone Sleeve

This glass food storage container features a silicone sleeve to help prevent slips and breakage and is available in a selection of colors to suit nearly every style. The tempered glass and sleeve is even oven- and freezer-safe – plus, it’s made in North America.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free
  • Phthalate- and PVC-free

Cost: *Est. $19.05

32. Bumkins Reusable Snack Bag, 2-count

These reusable snack bags come in a number of cute designs to help make your child’s lunch more stylish and fun. It features an easy-open zipper and is quick-drying after washing thanks to its polyester construction.

Key features:

  • BPA-, lead-, PVC-, and phthalate-free
  • Machine-washable
  • Dishwasher-safe

Cost: *Est. $7.95

33. Rubbermaid Lunch Blox – 2 pack sauce containers

These small containers are ideal for storing sauces and dips like hummus in your child’s lunch and are compatible with the entire Rubbermaid line of LunchBlox products. They’re also convenient for smaller snacks like nuts and homemade treats.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Leak-proof

Cost: *Est. $5.42

34. Paper Lunch Bag

Keep it old school with these classic lunch bags. Why not get creative and draw a little picture on the bag each day to inspire your little one? You could even write thoughtful messages or create your own puzzles for them to solve on their lunch break.

Key features:

  • Easy for little eaters to open on their own
  • Stands open for easy packing
  • Ideal for general food storage also

Cost: *Est. $6.00

35. BlueAvocado Re-Zip Seal Volume Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bag Kit, 5-Pack

These reusable sandwich and snack bags offers a truly leak-proof design to aid in keeping your child’s lunch box clean and dry, while keeping food fresh. While these bags must be hand washed, the leak-proof design is worth it.

Key features:

  • Freezer-safe
  • BPA-, lead-, and PVC-free
  • Base expands for easy packing

Cost: *Est. $19.99

36. 3 Arctic Zone Zippered Snackpacks Lunch Microban Containers Reusable Pouches

These little snack packs are a cute and fun way to pack your child’s snacks in their lunch and features a Microban liner that helps to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria which leads to stains and odors.

Key features:

  • BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free
  • 3 shapes and colors
  • Easy to clean and quick-drying

Cost: *Est. $9.00

37. CuteZCute Mini Condiment Mayo Container for Bento Lunch Box, Set of 4

These small-sized containers are perfect for packing condiments and small snacks in your child’s lunch and come in a 4-pack with various colors and designs. They are also ideal for packing medications, should you little one require them during school hours.

Key features:

  • Secure, snap-close lid
  • Easy to open
  • Made in Japan

Cost: *Est. $5.25

38. Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Snack Container – Pack of 2

Here’s another instance where lunch packing gets all meta. You can now put your child’s Goldfish crackers inside a Goldfish container. The fish’s sunglasses lift up to provide easy access to whatever delicious treats you want to put inside.

Key features:

  • Available in single or multipacks
  • BPA-free
  • Easy to hand wash

Cost: *Est. $10.99

39. Batman Insulated Dual-Compartment Lunch Kit by Thermos

Send your caped crusader off with a healthy lunch thanks to this insulated lunch kit by Thermos. The backside of the bag even features a cape to help engage little imaginations.

Key features:

  • PVC-free
  • Padded handle for comfortable carrying
  • Two separate storage compartments

Cost: *Est. $17.99

40. EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers, Set of 4, Brights

This bestselling bento-style lunch box set features four complete kits for ease of lunch packing and for families with multiple children in school. It has three separate compartments to help keep various foods separate.

Key features:

  • BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free
  • Available in 3 color combinations
  • Microwave- and dishwasher-safe

Cost: *Est. $13.95

41. BlueAvocado Re-Zip Seal Reusable Snack Bag, 2-Pack

These reusable snack bags are not only great for packing healthy snacks in your little one’s lunches, but they are ideal for a number of food storage options around the house including fresh herbs, and dried beans, as well as holding together items like a small sewing kit or even loose change.

Key features:

  • Available in various sizes
  • BPA-, lead-, and PVC-free
  • Double lock closure system

Cost: *Est. $9.89

42. The Original Banana Guard

This is the one that started it all – the original Banana Guard helps to prevent bananas from being squashed and squished in your child’s lunch box, which means less waste and more nutrition. Thanks to its unique design, it can easily fit most bananas.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Made in Canada

Cost: *Est. $10.99

43. Sunsella Buddy Boxes – Plastic Bento Lunch Boxes – 4 Pack

This three-compartment food storage container allows you to safely keep different foods in your child’s lunch separated and features a space-saving, stackable design.

Key features:

  • BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free
  • Dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe
  • Easy to open lids

Cost: *Est. $13.89

44. Bentgo Kids – Leakproof Children’s Lunch Box

This unique bento-style lunch box features five storage compartments to safely keep different foods in your child’s lunch separated and features a completely leak-proof design that’s ideal for packing almost anything. Drop-proof rubber coated edges mean this lunch box can stand up to nearly anything your little one can throw at it (or it at!)

Key features:

  • Kid-friendly latches
  • Microwave- and dishwasher-safe
  • BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $27.99

45. Smart Planet EC-34 Large 3-Compartment Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box

This lunch box is made from food-safe silicone and features a unique collapsible design that helps save on storage space when not in use. Available in a choice of colors to suit every style.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Snap-on lid

Cost: *Est. $9.56

46. Fit and Fresh Perfect Portion Kit with Breakfast Chiller and Snacker

While it’s marketed as a breakfast kit, this portion control system would be ideal for lunchtime meals as well and comes complete with a bowl and soon, as well as various sized and shaped containers that can handle almost anything you might want to send your child to school with.

Key features:

  • Integrated ice packs help keep food safe
  • BPA- and PVC-free
  • Microwave- and dishwasher-safe

Cost: *Est. $29.99

47. Slim Snack: Lunch Box Snack Bag and Silicone Ice Pop Mold

These snack bags allow you to liven up your child’s lunch box while also packing them with a healthful snack. They can even be used as a mold for ice pops in the summer when school’s out!

Key features:

  • Easy to clean, quick-drying
  • Made from food-safe silicone, BPA-free
  • Two year hassle-free warranty

Cost: *Est. $13.95

48. Fit & Fresh Chilled Yogurt and Snack Container To Go

Thanks to its smart design with built-in non-toxic freezer gel, this container can help keep yogurt cups and other foods at a safe temperature for longer. The lid compartment contains a space for storing fresh fruit or granola separately as a topper for your yogurt.

Key features:

  • BPA- and PVC-free
  • Freezer- and dishwasher-safe
  • Easy to open

Cost: *Est. $8.99

49. Silicone Reusable Drinking Straws by GreenPaxx

One area of traditional lunch waste that’s often overlooked is drinking straws. But you no longer have to worry about the environmental impact of single-use disposable straws. These reusable straws feature a patented two-piece design that is bendable to fit into any style cup.

Key features:

  • BPA-, lead-, phthalate-, and PVC-free
  • Can be used with hot beverages (once cooled)
  • Non-toxic high-quality silicone

Cost: *Est. $10.95

50. Fit & Fresh Fruit and Veggie Bowl with Removable Ice Pack

This cute little bowl offers an all-in-one solution for packing healthy veggies and dip or fruit and dip in your child’s lunch. It features three large compartments around the outside to keep various foods separate as well as a separate area in the center for dip.

Key features:

  • BPA-free
  • Freezer and dishwasher-safe
  • Non-toxic ice pack included

Cost: *Est. $9.99

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