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20 best kids' lunchboxes and bags for school in 2021

Ditch the brown paper bag this year.
Illustration of four different types of kids lunchboxes
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The first day of school is just around the corner, which means you're probably well ahead on stocking up on all kinds of supplies and essentials on your back-to-school shopping list. A few new face masks? Check! Notebooks and pens? Double check! How about a new lunchbox to maintain healthy eating habits outside of the home?

No matter if you're on the hunt for the perfect kids' bento box, a Pottery Barn lunchbox or just a simple snack container, we've got plenty of cool lunchbox options that are bound to work for your family.

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Kids' lunchboxes

Wildkin Insulated Lunchbox Bag

Available in 17 kid-friendly designs, this Mom's Choice award-winning insulated lunch bag from Wildkin is roomy enough for all your food containers and made with a "100% play proof" material that's sturdy and easy to clean. Also, how can you beat a near-flawless 4.8-star average from over 7,000 Amazon shoppers?

Fluf Zipper Lunch

For the kid who's obsessed with Shark Week, they'll adore this canvas lunch tote from Fluf. Aside from being made with sustainable materials like 100% certified organic cotton, low-impact water-based dyes and recycled lining, it's also machine-washable — perfect for any unanticipated food fights in the cafeteria.

Lonecone Kids Insulated Lunchbox

The Lonecone insulated lunchbox comes in two sizes that provide insulation and plenty of room. We love this colorful rainbow pattern, but it's also available in 14 other kid-friendly designs like dinosaurs, unicorns and toucans!

Pottery Barn Kids Gold Unicorn Critter Lunchbox

For the little girl in your life who loves anything and everything that's pretty in pink, consider getting her this fun unicorn lunchbox from Pottery Barn Kids. It's lined with water-resistant polyester and has plenty of room for your child's meal, drink and a snack.

L.L. Bean Kids Lunchbox

L.L. Bean's kids' lunchboxes are a classic option that any child would love! This one is designed with insulated BPA-free material and is compact enough to fit inside your child's backpack. For a personalized touch, you can also add a monogram for an extra $8.

Stoney Clover Lane Tie-Dye Lunch Tote

This one is more of an investment, but your little girl is bound to love this trendy tie-dye lunch tote from Stoney Clover Lane. It's made with durable nylon material and has gold metal hardware and two top handles, making it super easy for your little one to carry around. You can even personalize with it extra patches for a customized touch!

Pottery Barn Kids Blue Dinos Lunchbox

This Pottery Barn Kids lunchbox is for all the little guys who can't stop talking about their favorite dinosaurs. The interior is made of PEVA, an environmentally-friendly, food-safe vinyl that’s made without chlorine or plasticizers and is easy to clean. This lunchbox also has straps on the back so you can attach it to your child's backpack.

Kids' bento boxes

Miss Big Bento Box

Perfect for older kids with bigger appetites, this bento box is designed with three large compartments to keep their lunch (or two lunches, according to one five-star review!) secure and separate. It's also made with natural wheat fibers, making this an eco-friendly choice for your child.

OmieBox Bento Box

This OmieBox bento box is another great option that's highly-rated on Amazon with over 5,000 verified ratings. It includes a removable thermos insert to allow you to pack a hot and cold meal all in one container.

Bentgo Kids Lunch Box

A small bento box is a great way to keep your child's food organized and makes it super easy to pack lunches in a sustainable way — with way less waste and mess. This Bentgo lunch box is an Amazon's Choice product and has over 22,000 verified ratings! It includes five compartments that are portioned perfectly for a child's appetite, plus a drop-proof, rubber-coated, sturdy exterior for active kids. It's available in blue, green and purple.

Kinsho Bento Box For Kids

This bento box would work well for older kids thanks to the six organized compartments. It's made with durable and eco-friendly plastic that's insulated through double-walls. An added perk? This bento box comes with a spoon and fork!

L.L. Bean Yumbox Panino Bento Lunch Box

This bento box from L.L. Bean is leak-proof, dishwasher-safe and made with food-safe ABS plastic that's also free of BPA and phthalates. The tray has four compartments that can fit a sandwich, two sides and a dip or small treat.

3 Sprouts Sloth Bento Box

Your child won't be slow to getting to lunch when they have this sloth-adorned bento box by their side! This 3 Sprouts pick is not only leak-resistant, but it's also designed with PVC-free plastic and silicone to keep your growing one healthy and safe.

Kids' lunch containers

Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch Kit

With a 4.6-star average from over 7,000 Amazon shoppers, this lunch container kit from Rubbermaid is a foolproof way to keep your child's lunch intact and organized. For starters, their lids snap and stack together to save space!

Stasher Silicone Storage Bags

Looking to lighten your carbon footprint? Replace your disposable Ziplocs for these long-lasting Stasher bags! Available in a range of sizes and hues, one Shop TODAY contributor says these are worth the splurge since they're "one small daily step [she] can take to be a little kinder to the environment."

Sistema Lunch Food Storage Containers

If you already own a lunchbox and don't want to buy a bento box, consider these simple and colorful food storage containers from Sistema. They come in a set of three and are the perfect size for a sandwich.

WeeSprout Stainless Steel Food Storage Containers

This set of WeeSprout food containers is basically indestructible thanks to the stainless steel design. No more worrying about cracked plastic or broken glass containers!

Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar

Summer weather is definitely in full swing — but it will be cold before you know it! For those frosty days, consider buying your child this stainless steel thermos to keep their lunch warm. It can hold up to 10 ounces of food and keep contents cold for up to seven hours and warm for up to five hours.

Fit & Fresh Kids Reusable Lunchbox Container Set

If you're in the market for an entire collection, you can't go wrong with this 14-piece set that provides you with a versatile range of options for packing healthy lunches. It even comes with reusable ice packs that snap on top of the lids!

EasyLunchboxes Reusable Bento Containers

These reusable bento boxes come in a set of four and make for a budget-friendly way to send your kids off with a healthy and organized lunch.

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