20 of Our Favorite Lunchboxes and Water Bottles for the New School Year

From bento boxes and eco boxes to Ninja Turtles and minions, there's a lunchbox for everyone in this roundup

Whether your kid will be packing bologna sandwiches or quinoa and bean sloppy joes, what makes the food the most fun to eat is the lunch box it is packed in.  Here we go way beyond the brown bag lunch options to include some of this season's hottest characters and coolest colors.

Game On!

Dabba Walla

Now that the summer’s World Cup fever has subsided, it's time to dust off the cleats for fall soccer. This lunch bag is a real score for both boys and girls who love the game. ($30 at Dabba Walla)

Cafeteria Warriors


This stylish, ninja bento box is as cool as it is practical. No matter how much your sweet shinobi jumps, darts, rolls and jostles en-route to school, the clever compartments keep food in-tact during travel. The top compartment doubles as a soup bowl for a wintertime lunch treat. ($29.97 at Amazon)

Owl Do It Myself

Built New York

Your littlest school kids can help themselves at lunch time with these adorable lunch boxes. This insulated sack from Built New York. The Velcro closure makes it simple for kids to open and close. While we love this sweet owl, the sack is also available in panda, dog, raccoon, and ladybug designs. ($16.99 at Built New York)

Cool Camo


Label not required on this versatile lunchbox. Camo for kids is still a big trend this year and your little ones will love the personalization. You’ll love the removable faceplate, ice pack and dishwasher safe bento containers. ($39.90 at Yubo)

All a Flutter

Dabba Walla

This lunch bag is the perfect school day accessory for the girliest of girlie girls. Made from insulated and machine washable material, the purse-like tote will be a style stand out in the cubbies. ($25 at Dabba Walla)

The Great Outdoors

Rock Paper Scissors

Adorable for the outdoorsy kid, this campfire lunch box has a chalkboard on the inside for you to write love notes to you little one or for him to create lunchtime doodles. ($29.99 at Rock Paper Scissors)

Messenger Bag

Melissa and Doug

The popular Melissa and Doug brand designed this purple and pink print to send your sweetie to school everyday with messages of love, luck and peace. ($9.99 at Melissa and Doug)

Snack Safari


Animal prints are big in kids fashion this fall and this lunch box let’s your junior fashionista express her wild side. ($17.99 at Wildkin)


Skip Hop

Skip Hop makes lunchtime fun with this 4-piece Zoo Lunch Kit, coming in five colorful animal patterns. Easy-to-use clips make opening and closing this pack a cinch, while the rubber seal locks the lid to prevent leaks. ($9 at Skip Hop) Check out the adorable matching lunchbox ($14) and backpack ($20), too. 

Among the Minions


In 2015, Despicable Me will be back with a third installment. Head off the trend by picking up this adorable lights and sound lunch box. Modeled after the minion Jerry, this tote makes the minions’ sound and has flashing LED lights for cool factor, but is made of insulated material and has a zip closure for practicality. ($13.99 at Target)

Monstrous Appetites


The cute monster design and easy access to the matching water bottle are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. ($10.99 at Target)

Spidey Sense of Style


After this summer’s The Amazing Spiderman 2, Peter Parker is all the rage…again. The mask design stands out among all the square spidey-themed lunch boxes. ($12.95 at LunchBoxes.com)

A Sassy CIY

Alex Toys

Not only will your little one love carrying her CIY (Color It Yourself) lunchbox to school, but it also makes for a fantastic rainy day project this summer. Alex Toys also makes color-your-own lunch bags in dog and owl designs. ($19.99 at Alex Toys)

A Bug Picnic


Kids love creepy crawlers and the modern design of this lunch bag is friendly, not frightful. The sack is insulated, made of durable cotton canvas and has a mesh compartment for an ice pack or flatware. ($19.99 at LunchBoxes.com)

Fit for a Princess


Pinked out and looking for a way to put a new spin on your daughter’s beloved princess theme? With this bright, graphic lunchbox, your girl will get the royal treatment with a personalized castle. Add an adorable – and ecofriendly – snack bag to make a sweet set. ($29.99 at PersonalCreations.com)

Fun in the Fast Lane


Blow the dust off end of summer blues and get his engines started with this racecar lunch box. It is designed to fit hot and cold containers and has both inner and outer zip pockets for utensils, napkins or “countdown to next summer” notes from you. Reduce waste and save money on “snack size” bags of treats buy picking up the matching racecar snack bag. ($29.99 at PersonalCreations.com)

Sippy Cup Senior


If your child has outgrown sippy cups, but hasn’t quite outgrown spilling, these drink bottles are a perfect fit. These kid-friendly water bottles are dishwasher safe and leak-proof, making them ideal for packing them up for school. ($8.99 at Contigo)

Everyday is Earth Day

Abe's Market

Packing lunches made from organic ingredients and sending locally grown snacks to school isn’t the only opportunity to stress the importance of being eco-conscious at mealtime with your kids. These stainless steel lunchboxes made by ECOlunchbox not only look cool, these three-in-one stainless steel bento boxes eliminate the need for plastic baggies and other plastic food containers. The boxes are BPA-free and recyclable. ($27.99 at Abe’s Market)

Eco Kitty


Hello Kitty goes green. GoPak lunch set includes a divided sandwich and snack container that reduces the need to use baggies and wrap, and a space saving collapsible water bottle. It also includes a matching flatware set in a snap-tight case that not only eliminates the need for plastic flatware, but also helps keep both the utensils, and lunch bag clean. ($21.97 at Zak.com)

Chill Out, Dude


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aren’t just an 80s throwback any more. Zak! Designs has incorporated these hot characters into their back to school lunch collection. These freezer packs fit right into the lids of Zak’s water bottles and sandwich containers keeping you child’s lunch fresh and cool. ($16.98 at Zak.com)


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