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6 of the Best Kids Lunch Boxes That Will Last for Years

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These are the best kids’ lunch boxes on the market!

Whether you’re already shopping for back-to-school or need the perfect kid’s lunch box to take to the pool or camp all summer long, these highly-rated options will be everything you’re looking for!

1. My son uses this Wildkin lunch box every day & it still looks brand new a year and a half later.

hand holding up navy blue lunchbox in kitchen

Buy it on Amazon – $19.99 (wait for it to drop in price to under $10!)

Losing a personal item at school is basically inevitable for every kiddo. Unfortunately for my wallet, it’s happened quite a few times during my kiddo’s grade school years 🤣, so when my son lost his lunch box for the 3rd time (yes, the third lol), I was looking for something incredibly cheap to get us through the school year!

While this lunchbox isn’t necessarily super cheap right now, I looked at my old order invoice and originally only paid $8.29!!! 😱

hand holding phone with amazon lunch box order on screen

Turns out this little lunch box is not just cheap, but incredibly good quality too! Almost two years later, it still looks brand new, the zipper is of great quality, it wipes clean easily, and it holds all the food my son needs for the day. Perfect! 

2. My daughter’s Bentgo kid’s lunchbox is airtight & dishwasher safe.

hand holding corner of open pink kids lunchbox with food in each compartment

Buy it on Amazon – $27.99 (regularly $39.99) + Get an additional $2 OFF with Amazon’s clippable coupon!

My daughter has been using this bento-style kid’s lunchbox for the past FOUR years and it’s tough as nails – making it more than worth its value! She has toted it everywhere from the beach to preschool and it’s held up incredibly well!

I’ve also noticed the unique, individual compartments encourage her to try multiple foods since she’s so insistent on filling each of them before we head out the door. Best of all, the entire thing is completely air-tight so you can even pack applesauce or yogurt without a worry in the world! To wash, simply throw it all in the dishwasher when done, and voila! 

kids hands holding sides of blue organized lunchbox

The only caveat I can think of with these lunch boxes is that they’re not insulated, so if you don’t have a refrigerator to keep food cool, Bentgo makes the perfect carry bag to keep your food fresh longer.

If you love to have fun with your kiddo’s lunches, the options are endless with Bentgo! Plus, they come in many different colors, so if you’re not too picky, you can also snag other colors at an even lower price than the one I own!

Check out this Bentgo lunchbox deal on Amazon:

Bentgo Kids Lunchbox – $24.99 (regularly $39.99)
Get an additional $2 OFF with Amazon’s clippable coupon!
Final cost just $22.99 SHIPPED!

Or save BIG on Bentgo lunch boxes if you’re a Sam’s Club member

Bentgo Kids Lunchbox Bundle Pack (includes TWO)  – $24.98

That’s just $12.49 each! 😱

Psst… Don’t forget to grab these 10 other Sam’s Club items you can’t find anywhere else!

3. Flatbox lunch boxes are machine washable & lay flat so they’re perfect to take anywhere.

child peeking into open lunchbox

Buy them on Amazon – $16.99 

  • Plus, save an additional 15% OFF with Amazon’s clippable coupon!

The school cafeteria can be a messy place, so if a more sanitary & cleaner eating experience is at the top of your wish list as a parent, the FlatBox will be sure to check off everything on your list!

two girls sitting in grass with food on mats

They’re machine washable & quick-drying, which already makes them stand out among all the other kids’ lunch boxes on the market. Even cooler, they unzip to lay completely flat making them extremely universal for anywhere, anytime, or anyone. 🙌

Plus, they’re made with triple insulated neoprene so they’ll keep your kiddo’s lunch hot or cold for hours. Store them away flat when you’re not using them!

4. Freeze your PackIt lunchbox overnight & it’ll act like a refrigerator on the go.

hand holding a rainbow lunchbox in front of open refrigerator

Buy it on Amazon – starting at $19.99

You won’t even need to buy an ice pack when packing up lunches for the kids with the innovative PackIt lunch boxes! These seriously cool bags are the first and only lunch boxes with freezable, non-toxic gel built between all its walls, so when you freeze it overnight, it’ll mimic your home’s very own refrigerator! WOW! If only school lunches could have come that far since we were kids!

Even cooler, you’ll have plenty of peace of mind with their thoughtful PVC-free, BPA-free, phthalate, and lead-free materials. Plus, your kiddos will love all the fun prints to choose from!

5. A timeless L.L. Bean lunch box can coordinate with their bookbag & even be personalized.

close up of purple flower ll bean kids lunchbox standing on wood table

Buy it at L.L. Bean – $19.95

  • Add a monogram for $8 or FREE with the L.L.Bean Mastercard

There’s no lunchbox on the market that will scream classy and timeless quite like an L.L. Bean kids lunchbox! I, myself, had a neon yellow one back in the ’90s which perfectly matched my neon yellow backpack. 🤣 And while that wouldn’t be my first choice as an adult now, L.L. Bean makes so many fun prints and solid colors, perfect for any kiddo looking to express their unique style. And, of course, they still offer the ability to personalize all of your kiddo’s L.L. Bean belongings that we all know and love.

Explore all of L.L. Bean’s matching bookbags & lunchboxes.

Bonus: Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox comes with its own ice pack and clips together to fit in any lunch box.

stacks of rubbermaid plastic containers with blue ice packs on counter

Buy them on Amazon$14.99

  • Or buy 2 kits for $22.99 – that’s just $11.49 for each set!

Already have a kids lunch box and just looking for a better way to organize their food? Rubbermaid makes highly-rated containers that snap together with their included ice pack so you can ensure everything is not just staying cool all day, but also staying in the perfect place.

Best of all, this affordable & fun option will fit in just about any lunchbox so you’re ready to start packing it away once they arrive!

Here’s a week of easy sandwich-free lunch ideas kids will love!

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 12

  1. MrsG

    I’m shocked pottery barn didn’t make the cut!

  2. Jenna

    My vote goes to Pottery Barn. My kids have both had their retro lunch boxes all through elementary and middle school. I love their domed style, that fits a refillable bottle (nalgene) , the bottom fits a sandwich container (we used Tupperware), and there’s room for a small water bottle and snacks. Durable and spacious, always won for me!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Jenna! Good to know what has worked well for your kids!

  3. JES

    I’ve never heard of Packit brand before, so I did some investing. They also make a snack bag. Our kiddos snack break isn’t until later in the afternoon, so it’s hard to send cold items. This will allow me to send cheese and such for afternoon snack. Thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      How neat! You’re most welcome!

    • Lolie

      My boys have used PackIt lunch bags for several years. The built in ice packs work really well and keep items cold for a long time. I think they are very durable also, they have held up well with no issues. Definitely worth investing in!

  4. Materof6

    Hats off the mom who makes little fun shapes, etc. for the Bento! I’m not “that mom” for sure! Hahaha! Land’s end with the EZ wipe…we’ve had some of those for 3+ years…still going strong! Thanks for the post Hip2Save!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for sharing what has been working best for your family!

  5. Amanda

    Any good ideas for those fussy kids who actually like their food warm and don’t have access to a microwave?

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      My best advice would be to get Thermos food containers or any other food container that is double insulated. Thermos Funtainers retain heat for 5 hours so if you send the food to school hot, it should stay hot until their lunchtime. Fun designs too: https://amzn.to/2VGrm4T

    • Diana Diana

      Hi Amanda,
      I use Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar, 41 Oz. It’s a bit big but it keeps my kids & husband’s food warm/hot. It stocks 4 containers together. The bottom 2 containers stay warm/hot and the top two I put fruits and other snacks. It’s a bit pricey but its so worth it. We been using ours almost everyday for 5+ yrs.

  6. MaaMaaBear

    Has anyone used the FlatBox lunch boxes that can give an honest review?

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