I know how it goes with kids' lunchboxes. Kids want a spiffy new lunchbox every fall (just like backpacks), but by Christmas break the character that made this year's choice oh-so appealing is oh-so forgotten. But if you try to buy kids lunchboxes with sensible patterns that never go out of style, you are about as popular as you'd be if you'd packed liver sandwiches in them.
So how about a compromise?
This is like the traditional bento box, but it comes with a handy bag to put it in. The beauty of a bento box is that it keeps food from touching (something kids appreciate), but they are not really made for sandwiches, so you might have to back that separately. However, a bento box can inspire you to think beyond the sandwich for lunch.
From the manufacturer: Plastic Japanese style lunch box with a secure snap on lid! This compact lunchbox measures 6.25 inches long by 5 inches wide and about 1.75 inches deep. The lid snaps on securely with two "easy-to-use" snaps on each side of the lunchbox! The inner compartments easily remove for cleaning or eating out of! It also, comes with a nice bag.
I admit this is not the most practical kids’ lunchbox, but it does have style! You’ll have to halve and stack a sandwich in this one, but the three different compartments is a good way to separate lunch from snacktime foods.
From the manufacturer: Plastic lacquer-ware bento box with three tiers, chopsticks and cover includes bento box belt and carrier. Capacity: 200ml x 3; size: 7.5 inches x 2.5 inches x 6 inches. Hand wash recommended and not recommend for microwave.
This is not in the bento-style, but it is good for those tween and teen girls who decide they’re too old for a lunchbox. It’s really more like a lunch purse! I especially like the detachable strap.
From the manufacturer: Tested for lead safety-no vinyl or PVC used. Made from neoprene (the wetsuit material); Available in several colors and designs; zip closure; soft-grip handles; stores flat; stain resistant; Machine wash cold, drip dry-remove strap before washing. 13.4 x 11.4 x 3.2 inches
And if the last one was a purse, this one is a briefcase of food. What it lacks in style it makes up for in food-carrying capacity. Just what a growing boy needs!
From the manufacturer: Insulated and reusable lunch pocket for men; keeps food cold or hot. Bag features a zipper closure and Koko's innovative Eatools. Easily wipes clean, inside and out, exterior made of nylon. 2.5 x 8 x 10 inches
This is a lunchbox you and your kids can feel good about. Not only are you making less trash, but everything in it is recycled or recyclable. It may take some coaching to make sure kids bring home all the parts of it. It comes in a variety of patterns.
From the manufacturer: Reusable, waste-free lunch kit includes recycled cotton sack, cloth napkin, 304 food-grade stainless steel beverage bottle, food kozy and two 304 food-grade stainless steel food containers. Lunch Sack is 7" W x 10.5" T x 4.5
No need to worry about yogurt getting warm or cheese sticks getting rubbery. Cold food stays cold in this lunch box without a wet icepack making the napkins soggy. This lunchbox is pretty roomy too.
From the manufacturer: Eco-Gel Liner keeps contents cold for up to 10 hours; sweat-proof; PVC/lead free tested, nontoxic, Earth-safe, reusable. Stores compactly folded in freezer until ready to use. 8" x 10" x 5" (8" x 10" x 2" folded)
These remind me of the old-fashioned lunch tins from by grandparent’s day. What’s old is new again, eh? But these stainless steel ones are sturdy and without the modern inconveniences of BPA, PVC, vinyl or lead. They don’t have handles but are meant to go inside another lunch container, like the personal cooler above.
From the manufacturer: Designed by an experienced lunch-packer and mother of two, you can be assured that ECOlunchbox will exceed your lunchtime needs. Rectangular 3-in-1 convenient nesting design prevents side dishes from mushing together, making any child or adult happy. 4.2 x 6 x 3 inches.