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January 13, 2022

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Searching for a kids’ lunch box that’s able to keep food fresh and tasty, as well as durable enough to be thrown around and forgotten at the bottom of the school bag for a couple of days? We got you.

Lunch boxes have come a heck of a long way. No longer just plastic fantastic boxes for toting treats, they’re now durable, washable, droppable and best of all, easy for kids to use. There are a heap of different styles and types to choose from, and if you head to the bottom of this article, you’ll find more information on what to look for and how to choose the right one for your child.

14 Best Lunch Boxes For School Kids

We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. Sit back and find your kiddo’s lunch box in our MoM Guide: Best Kids Lunch Boxes.

Yumbox, $44.95 

Yumbox Bento Kids Lunch Box

An incredibly popular bento lunch box with handy, pre-measured half cup serving compartments to help pack a healthy lunch. BPA and Phthalates free, pop the Yumbox in the top rack of dishwasher for easy cleaning.

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 Sachi, $24.95

Sachi Insulated Kids Lunch Box

 

My boys have used this style of lunch box for most of their primary years. The thermal insulation keeps food cool, and it just needs to be wiped with a damp cloth inside and out to keep it clean.

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Hippo Blue, $49

Hippo Blue Bento Kids Lunch Box

The adorable Hipp-O-Bento Box Switch has an easy clip that little ones just starting daycare or preschool can master, and it fits neatly into Hippo Blue’s lunch bags to keep everything nice and cool.

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Bentgo, $64.95

Bentgo Bento Lunch Box

 

A rather handsome leak-proof bento box with five compartments ranging from 1 cup right down to 2 tablespoons for sauces and dips. The removable compartment tray is dishwasher and microwave safe.

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REX, $14.95

Plastic Kids Lunch Box

Sometimes, kids just want something that’s simple. And if your little pupil prefers less fuss with their lunch box, this sweet option will work a treat.

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PlanetBox, $89.95

PlanetBox Kids Lunch Box

A clever Bento style with an attached lid that’s designed for kids three years and older to be able to open by themselves. The PlanetBox is lead free, BPA free and free from phthalates.

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 Billabong, $29.99

Billabong Bento Kids Lunch Box

Here’s a bento lunch box for the older kids. Simple, stylish and with included utensils, the large divided container is the perfect size for a high schooler’s lunch.

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Cotton On, $29.99

Cotton On Personalised Kids Lunch Box

A simple bag-style lunch box that can be personalised with your child’s initials so it never ends up in the lost and found!

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Penny Scallan, $49.95

Penny Scallan Bento Lunch Box

Crafted from 100 percent food safe materials, the five compartments and leak-proof silicone inner tray are easily removed for cleaning.

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Stuck On You, $34.95

Bluey Kids Lunch Box

That first day of preschool or school is made just so much more exciting if Bluey is waiting for you at lunchtime! With four compartments and a leakproof silicone seal the Stuck On You bento lunch box can also be personalised with a first name.

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b.box, $29.95

bbox lunch box

If you’re not keen on cutting up a fruit salad every day, this bento lunch box has handy whole fruit compartments. It also comes with a gel cooler pack (a must for Aussie summer!) and is freezer safe.

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Monbento, $44.95

Monbento Kids Lunch Box

Possibly one of the most beautiful lunch boxes we’ve ever laid eyes on, the dishwasher and freezer-safe Monbento Lunch Box is airtight once shut.

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OmieBox, $75

OmieBox Lunch Box

The spill-proof individual compartments mean no mixing of savoury and sweet with the OmieBox. It comes with a  a 220ml, two-layer vacuum insulated stainless steel container, for hot and temperature sensitive foods.

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Dawntrees, $14.99

Dawntrees Bento Lunch Box

With everything kids needs to chow down at lunch time (including chop sticks) this simple bento lunch box keeps everything in place.

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Lunch Box Accessories

Now that you’ve got the kids’ lunch box sorted, it’s worth looking into accessories to help keep food fresh, without needing to use single-use plastic.

Reusable Wrap Holder, $21.95

Reusable wrap holder

This clever contraption helps little hands keep wraps together, without needing cling wrap. It works just as well for hot dogs, long bread rolls and sausage rolls.

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Reusable Pockets, $19.95

Lunch Pocket Set

No need to buy ziplock bags, just grab some reusable lunch pockets that can be used over and over. They simply wipe clean after use, ready for another day of toting sangas and snacks.

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Thermos, $29.99

Kids Thermos

I purchased a Thermos for each of my boys when they started primary school, and years later they are still going strong. They’re great for soups, pasta, baked beans or even sausages.

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Wax Lunch Wraps, $37

Wax lunch wrap

Made using food safe wax, these wraps fold neatly over sandwiches and wraps, keeping them fresh. Just use the warmth of your hands to help the edges stick.

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Reusable Pouches, $25.50

sinchies reusable pouches

Buy yoghurt in bulk and load it into sinches pouches for a more planet-friendly snack. They’re also great for pureed fruit and jelly.

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What to look for in kids’ lunch boxes

When you’re searching for a kids’ lunch box, it’s worth taking the time to work out what will best suit their needs. If you make the right choice and invest in a quality lunch box, it will last many years.

What suits your child: If your child doesn’t like different foods touching, a bento lunch box is the obvious choice. Also, think about whether they prefer a hot or cold lunch and cut up or whole fruit.

Freshness: An insulated lunch box will keep everything cool and fresh until snack and lunchtime. But you can also get lunch boxes with cold and ice packs.

Easy to clean: Check if the lunch box is dishwasher safe, or for lunch bags, can be tossed into the washing machine.

Leakproof: The last thing you want is a soggy mess at lunchtime, so look for lunchboxes that are leakproof with tight lids and zips.

Child friendly: Depending on your child’s motorskills and independence, you may need to start with a lunch box that’s simple to open and close.

Healthy: Look for lunch boxes that are food safe and BPA free, and don’t use any nasties in their manufacture.

Size: We do tend to pack way too much in our kids’ lunch boxes, so think about how much realistically you’ll need to pack for your child when choosing the size of their lunch box. You may also need to consider the size of their school bag.

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  • My goodness, where were all of these options when I need them. So much choice, and I much prefer all of the compartments that separate food. Just what my son needed.

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  • Great article. So many to choose from

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  • I have an assortment of small containers and reusable pouches. Once my older kids got to high school they didn’t want to be carrying around their whole lunch box.

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  • I prefer Smiggle, they have good sizes that fit all of my Tupperware reusables.

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  • I’m so excited to try out these.

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  • Eek! Just realised I need to buy a lunch box asap. My little ones are starting kindergarten

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  • Wow, I didn’t realise how much some of these are!
    I also didn’t realise you can get reusable wrap holders, they look great

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  • Removable compartments and lunch boxes that are easy to wash daily are my preferred lunch boxes.

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  • I’ve got bento boxes and reusable pouches for my youngest and nudie boxes for my older ones

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  • Ive purchased one for my daughter and excited for her to start school.

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  • Lots of great choices. I like the sachi one to keep lunches cool. Thanks for the list.

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  • Wow, i didn’t realise how expensive a lunch box has become!
    I remember having one that was like five bucks from kmart. I was a super fussy eater so there wasn’t much in it – some crackers with honey or Nutella, a chocolate and a packet of chips!!!

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  • My kids have Hippo Blue Bento boxes – they love that one of the compartments has a removable divider, to make a space big enough for sandwiches when they feel like that.

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  • wow, some really great options and many of them are quite affordable.

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  • There are so many varieties of lunchboxes on the market. I am totally amazed by the different choices.

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