26 Best New Lunch Boxes and Bags for Kids

Bento lunch boxes filled with blueberries, mini muffins, a sandwich, sliced cu cucumbers and ravioli with sauce and a fork

As we gear up for back-to-school season, picking the right lunch bag for kids often tops the list of essentials—and for good reason: Not only does it need keep food fresh and stand up to an entire school year of commuting, but with busy schedules and after-school routines, kids’ lunch boxes and bags need to be easy to wash and as affordable as ever.

Luckily, when it comes to back-to-school lunch supplies, the options are better than ever, designed with every possible need (and budget!) in mind.

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1. For kindergarten
$ 13.77

Heys Licensed Deluxe Lunch Bag

Whether it’s a Jurassic World lunch bag or a Disney Princess edition, Heys offers familiar lunch boxes for kindergarten kids that are practical and popular. Choose their favourite character (or dinosaur!) so they’ll love toting it around, and you’ll love it too thanks to key design features like the thermal pockets, lightweight design and included name tag.

$ 10.97

LOL Surprise Standard Lunch Bag

Heys also makes standard lunch bags for kids with one simple, zip-compartment that takes the fuss out of lunchtime. The carrying handle allows little hands to easily bring it back and forth, but it’s also small enough to stash away in a knapsack. This bag is also insulated to keep food at ideal temperatures, and the polyester fabric is easy to wipe clean.

$ 34.97

Bentgo Kids Prints Lunch Box

Another snackable option, this spill-proof lunchbox is microwave- and dishwasher-safe—plus it’s lightweight and durable, which makes it a valid option for kindergarten bags everywhere. Your kid will have fun picking which healthy options to fill each of the five compartments with, and you’ll love the two-year warranty, which covers both the junior and senior kindergarten years.

$ 6.88

Lunch bag made of 600D Polyester/300d Ripstop

This basic, budget-friendly option is a quick way to stash lunch items together in a backpack. The large, insulated compartment fits a variety of options (including smaller containers) and it comes in eight colours to suit all kinds of big kid tastes. The grab handle is perfect for small hands, and the polyester material easily wipes clean at the end of each school day.

$ 19.99

Jetstream Kid's Cute Insulated 3-D Bunny Lunch Bag Kit

This 3D animal lunch kit is perfect for smaller kids since it doubles as a backpack. The insulated compartment keeps leftovers, sandwiches and other lunch creations fresh, while the front pocket is great for extra snacks and drinks. The entire thing is water-resistant and comes with an integrated name tag—plus kids will love how cute it is.

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2. For elementary school
$ 13.97

Thermos Kids Dual Lunch Box with LDPE

Keep hot and cold foods separate with this dual-compartment lunch bag for kids, which comes in a cute llama pattern and features an easy-to-clean liner with antimicrobial protection. The flexible pack easily fits into most standard knapsacks, and comes with a carrying handle. Plus it’s made by Thermos—a reliable (and affordable!) brand you probably used as a kid, yourself.

$ 15.97

Transformers Backpack with Lunch Bag

These two-piece back-to-school sets are ideal because they’re cost-effective and they each include a lunch bag. Plus, since they’re sold together, you already know the bag fits easily within the main backpack making this budget pick also super convenient.

$ 17.97

7 Pcs Lunch Bag Set

Need a heavy-duty lunch kit that covers all your basics and then some? This seven-piece kit features a durable and easy-to-clean exterior, as well as a sandwich container and two-snack bags so you and your kid can easily prep lunch the night before. There’s also an ice pack, a water bottle, and  comes in five cute lunch bag prints to suit all kinds of tastes.

$ 10.97

Thermos Camo Lunch Bag

There’s so much to love about the wipeable liner inside this flat Thermos lunch bag for kids. Plus it comes with external mesh pockets and a carrying handle that’s great for growing hands. The small lunch bag comes in various durable designs, and you can easily store Tupperware or other storage containers inside, making this a practical and versatile pick.

$ 29.97

Campus Lunch Box Set 2pc Dino

Dinosaurs are always a kid-friendly pick, plus they just make lunch that much more fun. This two-piece dino-inspired lunch box and pop-up water bottle stores easily when not in use and is dishwasher friendly. It’s also leakproof and designed for kids’ hands, and should easily last the entire school year—and possibly even beyond.

$ 14.97

Dome Lunch Bag

This purse-like dome pack is a fashionable girl’s lunch bag thanks to its overall design and bright colours. It’s also practical, with a shoulder strap for carrying, two side mesh pockets and an insulated main compartment that keeps food hot or cold during those morning classes. It’s also lightweight for simple transport, and the polyester material is easy to wipe clean at the end of the day.

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3. For high school
$ 29.97

Thermos Large Dome Lunch Kit

When it comes to lunch bags for teens, sometimes basic is better. Enter this black lunch bag from Thermos, which gets the job done. There are separate compartments for hot and cold items, a foam insulation to keep items fresh all morning long, and leak-proof lining so even if something spills inside, the mess will stay contained.

$ 15.97

Reebok Lunch Bag

Sporty kids will appreciate this colourful line of Reebok lunch bags, which come with zippered compartments to easily store and access lunch items and snacks throughout the day. They’re also compact so they’ll easily slip into a knapsack or locker, or even the fridge for those late risers who really need to pack their lunch the night before and hack their school mornings a bit better. 

$ 13.97

Thermos Brand RAYA 9 Can Duffle Lunch Bag

Lunch, but make it fashion. That’s the premise behind this lunch tote bag, which easily fits lunch and snacks in the heat-sealed lining or front slit pocket. The wide opening makes it simple to pack and the polyester fabric easily wipes clean, so you know this lunch bag will look just as fresh as the food it keeps, all year long.

$ 16.97

Ladies Tote Lunch Bag

This basic lunch tote bag is another safe bet for teens who don’t necessarily want to call attention to their lunch with a flashy pick. It features a zipper closure to keep items safely stored away until lunch, plus a PEVA lining that easily wipes clean. Meanwhile the double shoulder strap is strong and sturdy, lasting you the entire school year.

$ 21.97

Arctic Zone Hardbody® Lunch Pack

Growing teens need plenty of snacks to last them throughout the day and into after-school activities. Luckily, this large lunch bag keeps up. It features high-density thermal insulation to keep food fresh and cold all day long, while the removable and easy-to-clean hard liner ensures sandwiches won’t squish. There’s also an accessory pocket and an adjustable shoulder strap for easy transport and access.

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4. Best bento boxes
$ 10.97

Sistema To Go Bento Lunch Box Food Storage Container

Help kids get their best snack on with this multi-compartment bento lunch box, which is BPA- and phthalate-free. The top-rack, dishwasher-safe design is ideal for moms who don’t want to scrub all those compartments at the end of the day, while the removable and moveable compartments allow for easy customization of the perfect lunch, every single time.

$ 4.97

Sistema Small Split Storage Container

If you want to add a bento lunch box option to a larger lunch bag, this small-design container is a great and affordable addition. It comes with two compartments for things like cheese and crackers or veggies and dip, it stacks with similar containers for easy transport and storage, and it’s top-rack dishwasher-safe for an equally easy clean.

$ 75.35

BENTO Lunch Box

This BPA-free and dishwasher-safe bento lunch box comes in five different colours to suit all personalities, plus it comes with a small, reusable fork so you never lose at-home cutlery again. The compartments can be customized to combine an array of different meals, while the sealing lid guarantees everything stays fresh and intact until lunchtime.

$ 18.27

Cool Gear Deluxe Bento Box

This bento lunch box offers the best of both the bento and lunch box worlds thanks to its removable freezer pack, which keeps items fresh and cold all morning long. There’s one large and two small containers for an array of meal options, plus an additional container and lid for yogurts, sauces and other condiments.

$ 8.97

Starfrit LocknLock Easy Match 6-Piece Lunch Set

Not a bento box per se, but this six-piece lunch set features all the small and large compartments you want in a bento lunch box. Plus it easily nests and stacks to save space in the kitchen. It’s an affordable bento option to use in conjunction with another lunch bag or backpack. Best of all, these pieces are all dishwasher-, microwave, fridge- and freeze-safe.

$ 24

Bento Lunchbox

This portable kids’ bento box holds hot and cold foods alike with its leakproof and durable fibre box design. There are three compartments, plus a slot for the included spoon and chopsticks, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting utensils again. The entire unit is also microwave- and dishwasher-safe, saving you time while packing in the morning or cleaning at night.

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5. Best Thermoses
$ 19.97

Thermos Funtainer Vacuum Insulated 10 Oz Food Jar

This compact and lightweight thermos is ideal for smaller kids bringing warm items to school thanks to its cool-touch exterior, and scratch-resistant and non-slip base. The durable stainless steel interior keeps foods warm all the way to lunch, while the fun design speaks to younger kids, and in particular the kindergarten set.

$ 26.97

Thermos Vacuum Insulated 16 Oz Food Jar with Folding Spoon

Keep stew, pasta or leftovers warm and toasty with this stainless steel thermos, which promises to keep food hot for nine hours or cool for up to 14 hours. The wide mouth makes it super easy to eat from, and it’s even easier to clean. Plus this one comes with a foldable spoon for the easiest pack-and-go lunch yet.

$ 17.47

Thermos 10 OZ Vacuum Insulated Food Jar w/Handle - Matte Black

Kids can easily transport this insulated thermos, which keeps food hot for up to five hours or cold for up to seven hours. It’s made from durable stainless steel and is easy for tiny hands to open, plus the wide mouth is easy to access and clean with the rest of the dishes after dinner.

$ 37.98

Zojirushi Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 12 Oz. Food Jar

This food jar features two layers of durable stainless steel and a tight-fitting lid with gasket seals to keep food hot or cold for hours. It’s lightweight and compact so it easily tucks into lunchboxes and knapsack. Plus the inside features a smooth, stick-free surface that’s easy to clean.

$ 17.97

Stanley Utility Vacuum Food Jar

No microwave? No problem. This vacuum insulated and leak-proof stainless steel thermos, keeps food hot or cold for up to six hours at a time. It has a wide mouth so kids can easily access contents, and parents can easily wash the inside at the end of the day. Plus, it comes with a five-year warranty so you know it’s built to last.

$ 15.97

Thermos Kids Stainless Steel 7 Oz Food Jar

Younger kids will easily handle this kid-specific thermos, which is cool to the touch, but still manages to keep food warm for up to four hours, thanks to the stainless steel and vacuum technology design. The lid is also easy to open and close, plus busy moms will love that it’s dishwasher safe on the top rack.

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Amber Dowling is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and mom to two crafty and curious kids. She's a wine enthusiast, yoga lover and all-around player of sports with a penchant for travel, animals and cooking. In addition to digging up the latest recipes and constantly window shopping online, she’s a fur-mom to two sweet chihuahuas and a cat named Grover who may be bigger than both pups combined.

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