It is that time of year again! Back to School shopping and preparation doesn't have to break the bank, or cause you to lose your mind. When it comes to lunch boxes, the idea is to promote independence and good health. I hope you enjoy this list of the best lunch boxes for kids covering vintage lunch boxes for boys and girls, tin, Japanese, stainless steel, toddlers, big kids, and backpack lunch boxes! I also included lunch box accessories such as ice packs, thermos', and water bottle ideas for kids.
The Best Lunch Boxes for Kids
Instead of finding a heated, padded, or thermal lunch box for warm food, use a thermos!
Pack your kids favorite foods in separate compartments for your kids to enjoy! Super neat and clean, y0ur child deserves this lunch box! I also love this super cool Bento Box but found many children had difficulty opening the stainless steel. How cute are these Mini Animal Bento Picks??
This all in one is a good option for kids. There is a thermos insert that enables hot food to stay hot. So, hopefully, when you pack your child's favorite hot food, it stays that way AND they actually eat it! It is easy to clean and has a few features not commonly available, such as you can use the insert for hot food or liquid, or take it out to fit other food. There is a divider to customize the compartments and keep food separate.
Etsy offers loads of super cool Customized Lunch Boxes for kids.
Making Lunch for Kids Doesn't Have to Be Painful
Making school lunch doesn't have to be something you dread. Keep it fun and light. Get the kids involved in food prep and chances are they will actually eat the food. Kids crave independence! Go ahead and let them peel their carrots and cut their cucumbers! Young kids are capable of doing so much.
Lunch Box Labels – School labels are also a good idea, especially if your child has an allergy. Mabel's Labels offers allergy specific customizable labels to put your mind and heart at ease. Also, check out these new Lunch Box Labels from Mabel's Labels and their Back to School label bundle!
Personal Notes – Keep it fun & happy with these adorable customizable lunch box notes.
I have tried dozens of water bottles, expensive and not so expensive, and Thermos seems to nail it. This particular water bottle is 27% off right now! This product includes vacuum insulation, which creates an airless space between two walls virtually eliminating the convection process and temperature change. Although you can put warm liquids in this bottle, I recommend sticking to water, juice, or other yummy cold drinks.
Pro Tip: Keep Thermos replacement straws handy
Related Read: Are you tired of losing water bottles?
These ice packs made a huge difference for my boys. Great for keeping yogurts cool, for example. These ice packs help to keep berries crisp, too. Not into the adorable penguin design? These ice packs are also great for your child!
I love this Bento lunch box for toddlers! It is easy for a toddler to open up and it comes with everything you need, such as an ice pack and utensils. This insulated lunch box is leak-proof, easy to clean, and easy to store.
Check out this super cute backpack lunch box. It is convertible and works as an insulated lunch box and backpack for boys and girls. Plus, how cool is the dinosaur design? I like how the front pockets give easy access to kids.
There are so many cool options for vintage tin lunch boxes. If your kid isn't into Curious George, NASA, or a myriad of other designs, then you can always purchase a plain tin lunch box.