10 Best Lunch Boxes for Elementary School Students

These are the best lunch boxes whether your kid is eating at school for the first time or has their seat already saved in the cafeteria.

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July 23, 2021
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It’s time to get back to school and a new school year means a new lunchbox! For some kids this may be their first time ever eating at school, for others it’s a return to the cafeteria after a year of eating at home or in their classroom. A good lunchbox is easy to clean, spill proof and of course, on trend. Here are some of our favorites.


These bento box-style lunch boxes are the best for picky eaters (and kids who don’t like their food to touch!) with multiple compartments to fill with a little bit of everything. The hard plastic is BPA free and easy to wipe down, plus the tray is dishwasher safe. It comes with a built-in ice pack to keep things cool when necessary.

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This lunchbox is unique in that it keeps food both hot and cold, so your kids can dig into last night’s spaghetti with a side of fresh fruit. The vacuum insulated Thermos (hot) container is removable making room if a sandwich is preferred. It’s easy to open and close perfect for elementary school little hands.

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If you’re looking for a stylish lunchbox, Pottery Barn has one of the best selections featuring everything from glow-in-the-dark options (a best-seller) to sparkle and glitter. But these aren’t all style and no substance. These lunchboxes come in multiple sizes and have plenty of room for food and drink.

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This bento style lunch box wins for cutest tray. Kids will be excited to finish what’s in each section to peep the super cute cartoon drawings underneath. This leakproof box makes it easy to put dips in with veggies and not worry about spilling. Plus, the tray pops out easily for top shelf dishwasher cleaning.

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No need to worry about accidentally thrown-out ice packs for this lunch box. The PackIt lunchbox is designed to be frozen, so it’ll keep lunch cool the next day. It folds down flat and can go in the freezer the night before. It’s easy to unzip and can even buckle on to your backpack. Kids will love all of the fun colors and patterns, too.

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Sometimes a cool-looking lunch box will go a long way in getting kids to eat what’s in it! These Thermos lunchboxes can be trusted to keep food well-insulated, but the fun taco truck design will be a hit in the lunchroom. Everything is PVC free, too.

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Free of BPA, PVC and phthalates, you can rest assured that your food is in good hands. Lots of bold colors and patterns make this lunchbox a favorite amongst the elementary school crowd. It’s durable and has plenty of room to store any kind of school lunch (plus an ice pack if you need it!)

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This lunch box is made of the same material as L.L.Bean backpacks, so you know they are designed to last (and they’re free of the yucky stuff). The slim design makes it easier to slide into backpacks, but still contains plenty of space for all of the food. An exterior mesh pocket can easily hold an ice pack or cutlery.

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This lunch box is durable but also has a little style, perfect for choosy older kids. The compartment is easy to wipe down (great for parents!). The waterproof front storage area comes in handy for any extras you need to pack.

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Sometimes it’s hard to stuff your lunch box into your backpack when the teacher sends home other stuff; that’s why we love that this one has its own strap to be worn independently. It has plenty of room to pack a lunch right in it or stick a bento box in it, too. And don’t worry for major "Oops" spills, the lunchbox can occasionally be thrown into the washing machine.

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