When it comes to school gear, the lunchbox is the all-important pack that provides the nutrition little learners need to power through the day. We’ve found the newest, most modern, the easiest to carry and the easiest to clean, not to mention the glowing, the glittering and even the empowering—one for every kid at home. Scroll down to see the best lunchboxes for kids.
The Arcade from Parkland
Not only are the lunchbags from Parkland made from recycled water bottles, but they come in super fun patterns (over 10!), many of which match their backpack collection. The insulated interior is easy to clean and the velcro closure is easy for kids who have a limited lunch period.
Available at parklandmfg.com, $19.99.
LEGO Minifig Coloring Bag
Not only does LEGO Bags offer a full rainbow of their classic Brick Lunch, but they also offer Minifig vertical lunchbags, complete with an insulated compartment, mesh pocket and new this year, a black and white surface that kids can illustrate with fabric markers (markers not included). Its LEGO brick zippers are a cute touch, too. And because it’s made from recycled plastic bottles, it also saves landfill space!
Order one at LEGObags.com, $18.
Big Apple Buddies: Delancey Doggie
Meet Delancey. She'll keep your kid's food nice and cold, comes with a buckle that makes it easy to attach to a backpack if necessary, and her adorable fuzzy ears are comforting for a preschooler who might be heading to a classroom for the first time. This lunchbag is easy to clean and made with PVC- and BPA-free materials.
Available at amazon.com, $25.54.
So Young Lunchbox Collection
From uber-trendy graphics like the Narwhal to classic black, there’s a style for everyone in So Young’s new collection. Plus, each one is machine washable, comes with a removable strap, pockets for cutlery and notes and an insulated insert that can be easily removed and cleaned on a daily basis.
Pick your favorite at SoYoung, $30 and up.
The NomNom from Zoli
Not only does this fun bag from Zoli come in nine vivid colors, but there’s a handy divider inside that’ll keep your kids’ hot and cool lunch items separate. It also has side pockets for snacks, cutlery or treats, and the foil insulation will make sure their lunch is the perfect temperature when it’s time to eat.
Grab your favorite color at zoli-inc.com, $24.
Print Lunchbox by L.L.Bean
For older kids on the go all day, from school to lunch to after-school activities, you want a lunchbox that holds up yet won’t take up the whole backpack. Made of the same strong “packcloth” as its school packs and available in the same designs, these insulated, PVC- and PBA-free boxes have lunch covered—in brand new colors and prints (surfing sloths!), too.
Available at llbean.com, $19.95.
Mackenzie Lunchbags by Pottery Barn Kids
Lunchbags from Pottery Barn Kids are high-quality mainstays. The Mackenzie collection comes in one of five styles and a bona fide bevy of prints and patterns—with tons that are brand new, from glitter to Minecraft, solid prints to glow-in-the-dark solar systems and more. You can choose between the classic lunchbox or the cold box, which comes with an ice pack that also serves as a box divider.
Available at potterybarnkids.com, starting at $26.50.
Skip Hop's Zoo Collection
Skip Hop welcomes Nova Narwhal and Dillon Dragon to its adorable Zoo collection for 2019. Not only are they both adorable, but as a lunchbox, they've got the same quality you know and love from Skip Hop. The roomy insulated interior keeps food and drinks cold, the mesh pocket will keep things organized, the easy-clean material is machine washable and there's even a clip to attach to a backpack or diaper bag.
Choose a new friend at skiphop.com, $15.
Star Lunchbox from Nununu
For your too-cool grade school kid, when prints and licensed characters won't cut it anymore, opt for this sleek lunchbox kit from Nununu. It's got a bento box with three separate compartments included, plus the box is microwaveable, and the outer lining will keep a meal hot or cold depending on your kid's lunch preferences.
Available at nununu.com, $26.
Freezable Lunchbox from PackIt
We know and love PackIt’s line of lunchboxes with their chill factor built right into the foldable, freezable bag. You’ll never forget the ice pack again—or take up room fitting it in along with everything else. PackIt has launched its new collection for 2019, and we especially love the spaceman print, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Pick your favorite at amazon.com, $21.50.
Sustainable Lunchbox from Out of the Woods
A lunchbox that's washable but also made from paper? We're all ears. This new range of lunchboxes from Out of the Woods looks sleek, almost if made out of leather, but in fact, is made from sustainable materials. Plus, the herringbone trim and anti-leak tight seams give it a modern look.
Find it at officedepot.com, $12.99.
1954 by Blended Designs
When Casey Kelley went looking for a backpack for her son that reflected faces of color, she found little available. So she added her own designs to the back-to-school lineup—and an important voice, as each bag in their new 1854 collection, an homage to Brown v Board of Education, proclaims: “I can do anything!” The empowering message and is key to Blended Designs’ goal to encourage students to do their best. We also love their commitment to partnering with local community organizations in order to give away their backpacks, lunchboxes and accessories to students in less-advantaged schools for free.
Available at blendeddesigns.com, $19.95
Kids EZ Wipe Printed Lunch Box
The EZ wipe lunchbox from Land's End has a widened grab handle, added best-in-class YKK zippers and sturdy mesh pockets for hefty ice packs. It's made from the same materials as their durable backpacks and can be clipped right onto them as well for convenient carrying. You also won’t have to worry about anything spoiling before lunchtime, as this lunch box is insulated, leak-resistant, and guaranteed to keep ice-packed food cold for five hours. All Lands’ End products actually come with a happiness guarantee! Choose from 10 different print combos, and don't forget, monogramming is also available for an additional $8.
Order one at landsend.com, $10.
Lunchbag by Eco Lunchbox
From its cord handle to green-certified screen prints, this handmade lunchbag is organic, machine washable and environmentally friendly. With all the plastic already in our kids’ lives (and oceans), the intention of this eco lunchbox is not to use an ounce of it. Their coordinated Splash Box bento is made of stainless steel and silicone and also helps achieve a zero-waste lunch. Available in sweet seahorse, sea turtle, dolphin, and whale motifs.
Available at ecolunchboxes.com, $18.99.
Insulated Lunch Backpack by Marcus & Marcus
A friendly Lola the Giraffe, Ollie the Elephant, or Marcus the Lion make the perfect lunchtime companion, protecting food and keeping drinks cool. A rubber-grip zipper makes this a self-sufficient option for the littlest lunchers, who can also collect treasures found along the way in a convenient exterior pocket.
Order one at amazon.com, $24.99.
Insulated Lunchbag for Kids by Funkins
Extra big? Check. Washable? Check. Insulated? Check again. Funkins neoprene lunchbags have it all. Durable yet soft with dozens of darling designs inside and out (including new Super Kids and Mermaids patterns), and sweet messages like "Sprinkle kindness" and "It's cool to be kind," this bag is eco-friendly, chemical-free, and ready to fill up again and again. There’s also plenty of room for Funkins reusable cotton napkins and placemats, while the bag folds flat for easy storage.
Available at myfunkins.com, $29.95.
Harry Potter Lunchbox from Thermos
Give your wizarding world-obsessed kid a lunchbox for the new year. You'll get the quality of thermos products with foam insulation and an easy-to-clean HDPE liner, plus the fun of having Hogwart's crest emblazoned across the front.
Grab one at target.com, $11.99
—Gabby Cullen with Jennifer Massoni Pardini
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication all items were available for purchase.
All images courtesy of retailers