The 5 Best Lunch Boxes for Your Kid’s Lunch

Keep your child focused at school with a healthy, homemade lunch!

Keep your child focused at school with a healthy, homemade lunch!

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Read my disclosure for more info.

If you have school-aged children, you’re pretty familiar with the need to send lunch with them occasionally, if not every day. Those lunch boxes go through a harrowing adventure with your child—they’re dragged, thrown, beaten-up, dropped in a puddle to “see what will happen,” and on it goes! Long story short, you need the right lunchbox to send with your kid, no matter where they’re going.

You might be wondering which one is right for you and your kid. As a busy parent, finding time to research all the products you need can be stressful. So, I’ve put together a list of my 5 favorite lunch boxes for kids to take some of the guesswork out of it!

Arctic Zone Expandable HardCore Lunch Pack Box

Expandable HardCore Lunch Pack Box - BLUE This lunch box has been around forever, and there’s a reason for it. I’m pretty sure this is the same one I had when I was in elementary school. It’s made of a rugged and incredibly durable material. Its high-density thermal walls will make sure that your cold items stay cold, keeping them safe for your kid no matter how long they have to wait to have that delicious smoked turkey sandwich.

See the Arctic Zone Expandable HardCore Lunch Pack Box at Amazon

This lunchbox is really easy to clean. Just flip it inside out, dump out that rotten peach slice that was “saved for later,” and boom! You’re back in business. And, with an expandable pocket that both zips and Velcros closed, you’ll have extra room to pack an extra snack that will prevent you from picking up a hungry kiddo at the end of the day.

Hango Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag

HANGO Insulated Lunch Bag [Set of 2 Sizes] - For Women & Men - Easy to Clean, Keeps Food Cold or Warm - Large & Small Sizes, Perfect for Everyday Uses This bag is really stylish. It’s the kind of bag that is pretty much perfect for the young, fashion-forward hipster in your life. It’s made with a high-density polyester that’s guaranteed to survive getting thrown on the ground and dragged around. It has thick, thermal walls, which will make sure that any fruits and meats will stay cold.

See the Hango Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag at Amazon

Hango, the manufacturer, is so sure you’re going to love this product that they include a lifetime guarantee. If you don’t, they’ll take it back, no matter how long you’ve had it. There’s almost no risk in buying this one! It even comes with 2 different sized totes so you can choose how much space you need, so you don’t overfill your kid’s already stuffed backpack. What more could you want?

New Wave Litter Free Lunch Box

New Wave Enviro Products Lunchopolis Lunch Box (Blue) This is the most environmentally-friendly box on this list. It comes with its own set of Tupperware that fits perfectly inside the bag for your on-the-go lunching needs—without any wrappers or packaging. Just load up the Tupperware and you’re good to go.

See the New Wave Litter Free Lunch Box at Amazon

The New Wave is made of durable polyester, and even comes with a water bottle. The Tupperware is not only dishwasher and microwave safe, but also matches the box, so there is no getting it confused with Mom or Dad’s lunch Tupperware. Furthermore, it’s all BPA-free, keeping you and your kiddos safe.

Want to save a little cash? Slice your own lunch meats.
Here are the best slicers for the job. 

Bare Ware Three Layer Stainless Steel Lunch Box Set

For those of you not super excited about owning a ton of plastic, there’s this gorgeous bento-style lunchbox made out of stainless steel. Though it’s not insulated (meaning you’ll have to buy an insulating bag), this is the best, most durable way to send your kid to school with some lunch.

See the Bare Ware Three Layer Stainless Steel Lunch Box Set at Amazon

This set has 3 tiers, meaning you can store and transport various foods in the different sections. This is great if you don’t want the fruits intermixing with the homemade pasta or that slice of pizza. Each section is the perfect size, and can easily hold a sandwich and snack. That being said, this isn’t the ideal choice if you’re sending your kid to school with soup.

For more bento box recommendations, check out these articles on the best bento boxes for toddlers and kindergartners.

Hugmania Stylish Neoprene Lunch Tote with Shoulder Strap

This model is my favorite on this list which, considering these are all great products, is saying a lot. The neoprene is tough, water-resistant, and easy to clean, saving you time and money. It keeps the contents cool (or warm), and is incredibly breathable, so food stays fresher, longer.

See the Hugmania Stylish Neoprene Lunch Tote at Amazon

Hugmania’s lunch tote is one of the most comfortable and adaptable lunch bags on the market. Better yet, it comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns. There’s certainly one that fits your son or daughter’s style.

There you have it—my 5 top picks. If you stick to this list you can’t go wrong! Let’s get packing!

Next, check out my picks for toaster ovens for the money. 

Need some recipe ideas for your child’s lunch? See this post for my recommendation on the best cookbook for picky eaters. And, for Moms and Dads on the go, pair lunch or breakfast with a hot cup of coffee to keep you energized at work.

Making soup for the kids? Here’s the best hand blender for soup and here’s the best thermos to keep your hot food hot!

Image credit via Flickr Creative Commons: Melissa and IntangibleArts.

0 comments… add one

Leave a Comment