Gear Up for Lunch
Rubbermaid Lunch Blox Container
Keep salads fresh until lunch (even if lunchtime falls closer to dinner) with this modular set, which includes a container for greens, a toppings tray, a salad dressing container, and a freezer pack that all stack together. The freezer pack can keep your food fresh, while the division of green base, dressing, and toppings puts a stop to potential sogginess. The whole unit is microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe.
To buy: $8; amazon.com.
Hello Kitty Thermos Funtainer
This playful, kid- and adult-friendly thermos is insulated to keep its contents the appropriate temperature, whether that’s hot or cold. The exterior and interior are both made of durable stainless steel, and the wide mouth makes filling, pouring, and cleaning a breeze. It also has a stay-cool exterior, so even if the soup you’re packing for lunch is piping hot, you need not fear burns.
To buy: $23; amazon.com.
Packing Multi-Course Meals
Russbe 3-Compartment Lunch Bento Box
Bento boxes are all the rage for brown-baggers these days, and with good reason. These compartmentalized containers can hold everything from soup to pasta to chicken and rice (plus dessert, of course) and the best ones (like this sweet blue option) are leak-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. Bento boxes are also ideal for kids (or grown-ups) with aversions to eating foods that touch—the high walls of this one will keep everything appropriately separate.
To buy: $9; containerstore.com.
Sistema KLIP IT Collection Sandwich Box
Pack sandwiches for school, work, a picnic, and more inside these compact containers, which have a locking, sealed lid that helps keep that farmers market bread fresh until you have a chance to enjoy it. One of these containers fits neatly inside a backpack, briefcase, or tote, and it’ll keep rectangular sandwiches in tip-top shape throughout its journey to the lunch table.
To buy: $10 for three; amazon.com.
Smilo On-the-Go Snack Containers
Seal snacks for kiddos or youthful adults in these playful containers, which will keep crackers, cookies, and more crisp and ready to eat. The colorful containers are easy to spot, even in a crowded tote or work backpack, and small and large hands alike can open them with ease.
To buy: $9 for three; smilobaby.com.
Cool Gear DLX Cereal to Go
Cereal fanatics, rejoice: This insulated lunchbox must-have means the classic breakfast option can travel with you, whether you plan to have cereal and milk for a snack or for lunch. The deep bowl leaves plenty of space for mixing up your meal, while the attachable milk container is gel-walled, so milk is safely chilled. The cereal and milk are separated, so sogginess is an impossibility, and the included spoon means you’ll have everything you need in one compact kit.
To buy: $10; amazon.com.
Fox Run Cupcake-to-Go
Dessert is a must-have, whether lunch is at home, in the school or office cafeteria, or at a desk. (What better to perk up a sad desk lunch than this pink case?) This colorful cupcake carrier lets you safely transport what most would call an appropriate cupcake serving wherever you need to. It even has plenty of space for a large pile of icing.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.