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Guest Picks: Getting Ready for Back to School
Kids can be so picky — each year, parents go through the same dilemma of trying to find the right lunch kit that will be stylish or cute enough for the kids yet practical, durable and affordable for the parents. I've made a list of some fantastic kits that both kids and grownups are sure to love. — Meeta from What's for Lunch, Honey?
Delancey Doggie Kids Lunch Bags - $19.99
These adorable lunch boxes will have kids squealing with joy. They are colorful and extremely practical, insulated and easy to clean!
Spicy Relish Lunch Tote - $29.99
Here's a big lunch bag with plenty of room to stack up those containers. I particularly like how you can simply throw it over your shoulder, like a snazzy handbag. It’s also machine washable, so there's no need to worry about spills.
Go Green Lunch Box - $32.99
I really like this bento-style lunch box from Go Green. The five-compartment food container provides ample room for sandwiches, fruit and treats, plus enough room for the drink bottle. The container fits perfectly into an insulated stylish bag, which comes in several designs. My favorite feature? The white board to leave cute messages!
Beaba Soft Lunch Box - $29.95
This one is for the little ones just starting at the nursery or pre-school. It keeps food warm and is designed to encourage self-feeding.
Zoo Lunchies Insulated Lunch Bags - $14
I absolutely adore these insulated lunch bags, which have plenty of space for sandwiches, fruit and drinks. It comes in some great animal designs that will have your kids happily digging into lunch!
Bento Mealtime Kit - $24
This 14-piece bento-style kit is ideal not only for school lunches but can also be used as a great way to store meals in the fridge. The containers can be clicked together to create a useful feeding set.
Squiggle Waste-free Lunch Kit - $45
I think that out of all the lunch boxes featured in the ideabook, this one's my favorite by far! It's bye-bye to brown paper bags. This set includes a machine-washable, recycled cotton canvas sack, matching napkin, and a food Kozy (with velcro closures for toting sandwiches and fruit), as well as a travel bottle and two sturdy stainless steel bowls (with lids!) for a full soup-to-nuts package. The set is so useful and stylish I think I may even want one for myself!
Beach Insulated Lunch Sack - $22
Made from eight plastic water bottles, this lunch sack is eco-friendly and keeps lunches cold for hours. Fits easily into a backpack with plenty of room to stack boxes upright.
Girls' Print FeatherLight Lunch Box - $19.50
Fantastic durable lunch container from Land's End. This "Featherlight" series come in about 30 smart designs. They're big enough to hold a full lunch plus an ice pack, and insulated to keep food cool up to five hours.
Good Lunch Sack - $16
Perfect for adults and older kids, these sturdy, machine-washable sacks from O.R.E. come in four fun colors.
Lunch Pot - $22
This two-cup system comes with a colorful fork and is available in three different colors. Older kids will appreciate the grown-up feel to this set. Perfect for soups, yogurt, granola or salad in separate interlocking pots. Watertight lids prevent leaks, while a carrying strap and stackable shape make for one dynamic-looking Cup O' Noodles.
Bento Box - $17.90
Another winning design from Black + Blum, a bento-style lunch box that has plenty of space for pasta, rice, salads (and the clip to attach the fork is great). Fits perfectly in an insulated lunch bag or backpack.
Bento Kit - $40.99
Laptop Lunch boxes are extremely durable — I can vouch for that since my son has been using his for several years now! This kit comes with a bento-style lunch box and an insulated bag, and also includes cutlery.
Hello Kitty Lunch Box - $13.95
Does anyone remember these metal lunchboxes? I was filled with nostalgia when I stumbled upon this. This limited edition Hello Kitty lunchbox will be the perfect hit with younger kids!
PackIt Cooler Lunch Bag - $19.95
This Cooler Lunch Bag from Packit is practical for older kids and comes in great colors and patterns. Insulated, this can be stored in the fridge until it's time to go.
Gourmet Lunch Bag - $21.95
This is one stylish (but also practical) lunch tote, made of neoprene. It is stain-resistant, durable and also machine washable. Comes in several colors and patterns.
Neo Zoo Lunch Box - $12.99
This fun neoprene lunch box comes in a variety of animal shapes including cats, frogs, and dogs that young kids will love. However, the reviews say that it can be difficult to clean.
Fleurville Lunch Buddy - $26
This soft-sided lunch box is easy to use and has great features, including an exterior pocket, an interior name tag and a removable shoulder strap. It comes in sophisticated, striped patterns that are likely to appeal to older kids.
Lunchopolis Insulated Lunch Box - $31.95
This soft-sided lunch box from Lunchopolis is easy to open and use. It comes with four plastic food containers that are easy to stack and a water bottle. Perfect for older kids.