5 Lunchboxes That Are Too Cool for School

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best lunch boxesAdmit it, you're just a little bit excited about back-to-school shopping. All those cute clothes, pencil boxes, and fat pencils are calling your name. And the lunchboxes! Don't get me started on the lunchboxes they have for kids today. If I didn't work from home, I'd pick one up and pretend I didn't know it was meant for small people. They're looking very cool, parents. In fact, these five lunchboxes are so design-forward that some mom out there will definitely be rocking one of them at her office.

Let's just say if you pick one of these five amazing food carriers, your child will always have a spot at the cool kid table.

Goodbyn Reusable Lunch Box

Made from recyclable plastic, the Goodbyn lunchbox ($24.95) will serve many purposes in your child's hands: Lunch (duh), Creative Outlet (with enclosed stickers), and Warning (allergy labels included).

best lunch boxesOots!

BPA-free, bright orange, compact, and cool, the Oots! has it all. Your kid won't even look like he's carrying a PB & J in that bag ($31.25) as he rolls up to the lunchroom.

best lunch boxes2-Tiered Bento Panda Face

The Bento is still way trendy for school, and bonus points if you're a food stylist for your kids. The Panda Face is especially adorable and has two tiers to keep it separated ($13.90). By the way, you're going to need those bonus points because you'll be exhausted from staying up until midnight detailing those Star Wars figure rice and bean plates.

best lunch boxesPackit Freezable Lunch Bag

A much-improved take on the paper bag lunch, Packit Freezables ($19.99) come in so many cool designs you can please every mini hipster in your house. Designed to keep your food cooler longer (hence the name "Freezable"), Packit is perfect for the kid who eats yogurt every day.

best lunch boxesLunchBots

This stainless steel and affordable lunch box ($17.99) is for the kid that has her lunch all sorted out. Two big sections mean the sandwich and the snack stay separate all day. The stainless will match your kitchen.

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Nicho... NicholasMama608

I've heard the Goodbyn water bottle leaks and unless it's carried flat all the stuff smooshes together at the bottom of it.

I personally like the lunch boxes from LL Bean.  They keep stuff wicked cool all day long and are huge.

crzymmy5 crzymmy5

these all LOOK great , but the fourth one is the only one that looks very  "kid friendly" .... depending on the age, I don't really see kids wanting to take things apart and arrange, etc. and put back together. 

beckie66 beckie66

We bought the Goodbyn for DS for K last year.  He was unable to open and close it himself, and always needed a lunch supervisor's help, so over Christmas Break it was replaced it with a Featherlight from Lands' End.  Much easier for little hands!  And, as DS said, not as embarrassing to carry.

I personally love the Goodbyn.  We never had leakage problems, and with all of the compartments, your lunch options are limitless.  But it is better for older kids who can manage it themselves.  And the Goodbyn takes up a lot of real estate on a cramped/crowded lunch table.

nonmember avatar Heather

The goodbyn is ok but I prefer the planet box.

nonmember avatar KarenSugarpants

We bought a Goodbyn for our youngest last year and it never closed properly. We just replaced it with a Planetbox, after a glowing recommendation from a friend who has had hers for a year & had no problems. In fact, I just wrote a post about lunch kits and tips if you're interested.

nonmember avatar LisaBOS

We had the same problem with the Goodwyn- very hard for my Kindergarten daughter to open and never closed tight. We had to use large rubber bands to get it to seal after the first week. LOVED saving on ziploc baggies and using the various compartments, but the open/close situation b/c stressful for her (and a pain for the teachers) at lunch. Too bad, b/c I personally LOVE that lunchbox and found it great for packing lunches in.

kisse... kisses5050

my kids had Laptop lunches when they were little they worker very well.


L1558 L1558

Good lord. Whatever happened to a paper sack? I cannot keep up with the Joneses. My kid has a regular lunchbox, and she is fine with it and sits @ whatever table she wants...

As for the "food stylist" mommies with their Bentos? Extra points? What about us moms who work 2 jobs and don't have time to "style" food...guess we don't get points because we're too busy working to shave apple slices into happy faces...what a crock.

Sara Alexander

L1558 - I think the trend is more toward "reusable" lunchboxes and not wasting a paper sack and plastic bags every day for a child's lunch. Our children use the Planetbox, which is a stainless steel box that has a carrying case. It is flat, looks cool, keeps the kids' items separated, etc. without using plastic bags. I used to buy several boxes of plastic bags each year to keep pretzels, sandwiches, etc. This year using the PlanetBox, I have not even gone through one. It makes me feel a lot better about how I am taking care of my children and the world (it's a small thing I can do like bringing my own bags to the grocery store).

EvaSa... EvaSamuel

We have the Oots lunchbox, and love it for baby finger food. We also have a Go Green lunchbox for my son, he can use it completely independently, it's one piece and the outer bag is super cute. It also came with a stainless water bottle. I like the Go Green because it easily stays cold with an outer bag.

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