Heading back to school might look a little different this year, but one thing never changes—lunchtime! We’ve rounded up the coolest lunch boxes that parents and kids alike will love: they’re colorful, cute and (most importantly) easy to clean. Boys or girls, sporty or sparkly, or all of the above—there’s a lunch box out there for every type of kid. Keep reading to see them all.
Bamboo Eco Friendly Lunch Box from Boon Supply
This sweet and small box is perfect for little kiddos. It's made from bamboo and melamine, comes with a rubber band for a snug fit and fits up to four cups of food. The best part? When you buy from Boon Supply, the company will donate 40 percent of the proceeds to support a local organization of your choice.
Available at boonsupply.com, $15
The Arcade from Parkland
Not only are the lunchbags from Parkland made from recycled water bottles, but they come in super fun patterns, 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.
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, $27.22.
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 daily.
Pick your favorite at Amazon, $29.95 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 Amazon, $21.99.
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, 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 $24.50 (get them for as low as $17 during their limited time offer!)
Skip Hop's Zoo Collection
Not only is Skip Hop's animal-themed gear adorable, but as a lunchbox, they've got the same quality you know and love from the brand. 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 Amazon, $14.99.
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. Choose from cheerful prints like astronauts in space, rainbows and unicorns and colorful superheroes.
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 outofthewoods.com, starting at $15.
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 1954 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, $24.95.
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.
From unicorns to owls, elephants and hearts, there are dozens of different Dabbawalla lunchbags your kiddo can choose from. Each one has an easy-zip closure, mesh pockets for drinks and snacks and a sturdy handle. Made from washable, degradable foam, the hardest part about choosing this bag will be which style!
Available at dabbawalla.com, $30.
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, $22.95
Thermos Soft Lunch Kit
The leader in insulated lunchbox accessories means this bag from Thermos will keep your kiddos lunches nice and cool, or warm. The bag comes with a padded carrying handle, an amazing variety of patterns and is made with 100% PVC free material. It's constructed with PEVA lining and closed-cell polyethylene foam insulation for the best lunch bag around. You can pick from over 20 styles, too!
Order one from Amazon, $6.58.
Art of Lunch Insulated Neoprene Lunch Bag
This 4 mm-thick neoprene lunch bag from Art of Lunch is fashionable and functional. Made from lead-free and PVC-free materials, this larger-than-average bag is also stain-resistant and machine washable. You'll be treated to beautiful designs from artists all over the world, all while enjoying a nice chilly lunch. Choose from nine vibrant designs.
Grab one from Amazon, $17 and up.
Wildkin Lunch Box
A zippered front pocket, as well as a main compartment, means there's plenty of room for food, drink and utensils in this bag by Wildkin. It's made from sturdy and durable fabric and comes with mesh pocket for ice packs. This is a super basic and functional style with lots of design variety.
Check them out on Amazon, $11 and up.
Fit & Fresh Kids' Riley Insulated Lunch Bag with Zipper
The wire frame in First & Fresh's kids' lunch bag makes this lunchtime accessory easy to use since it stays open. It's made with a PEVA lined interior that's PVC-free and is easy to clean. Oh, and it's the perfect size for little kids too!
Available at Amazon, $11.78.
—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