Adult-Approved Lunch Boxes Our Editors Would Totally Take to Work

Schlep that office lunch in style.

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August 04, 2019
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Going out to eat for lunch every day can add up quickly, which makes meal prep and bringing your own lunch that much more appealing. And while there are plenty of lunch boxes out there that make carrying a bag of food to and from the office less of a pain, most are marketed to school-aged kids. Luckily, there are some great, adult-friendly totes out there that make packing a lunch feel like a grown-up decision, and not a middle-school activity. Whether you're packing a salad, sandwich or lots of snacks, we've got a lunch box for you.

Our Favorite Totes


BUY IT: BUILT NY Gourmet To Go Lunch Tote; Amazon, $24.99

Available in a plethora of designs and patters, you can count of this lunch tote for its flexibility and insulation. It's the perfect size for packing a small lunch, and the soft-grip handles make it easy and comfortable to carry around.

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BUY IT: Lunch Poche Bag; Anthropologie, $44

If you don't have the hands to carry an extra bag around, might we suggest this chic lunch bag with a long, cross-body strap. The removable, insulated liner makes cleanup simple, plus the exterior disguises your lunch tote for a chic messenger bag.

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BUY IT: BALORAY Lunch Bag Tote Bag; Amazon, $13.99

The company claims this lunch tote bag, which comes in more than 10 patters, will keep your food cold or warm for up to four hours, making it the perfect vessel for transporting your lunch to work, the beach or the park.

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BUY IT: PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag; Amazon, $17.99

The freezable gel in the lining keeps your food perfectly chilled for hours. Just keep the lunch bag in the freezer, giving it at least 12 hours to fully freeze, then pack perishable items without worry.

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BUY IT: LOKASS Insulated Lunch Bag; Amazon, $18.99

LOKASS updated this bag's lining to make it a suitable option for either hot or cold lunches. And the larger size makes it perfect for packing lunch plus lots of snacks.

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Best Bento Boxes


BUY IT: BUILT NY Gourmet Deluxe Bento; Amazon, $14.99

If you're looking for a lunch box that's thought of everything, BUILT has just the thing. Equipped with a stainless steel utensil set, fillable ice pack and food dividers, this one-stop shop makes packing lunch a breeze.

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BUY IT: Retro Tiffin Box; Anthropolgie, $48

Giving you both function and style, this two-tiered bento box makes the perfect vessel if you're packing multiple meals for the day. Whether it's breakfast and a sandwich or a lunch salad and a little something for an afternoon snack, this one has you covered.

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Great for a Salad

BUY IT: Mepal Salad Box; Anthropologie, $32

Say goodbye to soggy, wilted lettuce for good. This salad container has a compartment for your toppings as well as your dressing, keeping everything as fresh as possible.

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BUY IT: W&P Plastic Porter Storage Bowl; Anthropologie, $26

We love the Porter storage bowl for its sleek design and promise to maintain a secure seal. Pack a salad, grain bowl or your favorite dip without worrying whether or not it will withstand your long commute.

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BUY IT: Rubbermaid Brilliance 5-Cup Salad Storage Container; Bed Bath & Beyond, $15.99

When it comes to packing a salad, we think the most important element to any lunch box is compartments. This Rubbermaid option is just perfect for that. Separate all your fixings and assemble when you get to the office.

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