The Best Lunch Bags and Gear for Back to School

Best Lunch Bags and Lunch Boxes - SavvyMom

When the kids go back to school, parents go back to making lunches. And while it may not be our most favourite activity, at least we can enjoy packing them into these super cute and very practical lunch bags and boxes for kids.

Here are our picks for best lunch bags for this year’s back to school season.

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Fluf School Lunch Bag

Ever have a lunch bag zipper quit after two months, or even just two weeks? Not fun. That simply isn’t happening with this organic cotton lunch bag, featuring a heavy duty, seriously easy-to-zip zipper. Plus, it won’t get caught in the fabric – it’s really quite a miracle. We’re also fans of the bright yellow against the dark grey. Perfect for all.

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Best Lunch Bags - Yumbox Panino

Yumbox Panino Lunchbox

We love bento box-style lunch gear, and this one is as cute as a button. Its 3-cup volume makes it easy to hold a sandwich and two sides, plus there’s a well for dip or other sauce. There’s even emojis on the bottom of the tray, so when they eat all of their lunch they get to see some great graphics! Yumbox’s boxes and gear comes in great, fun colours, too.

Available at Indigo.

best school lunch bags for kidsThermos Dual Lunch Bag

The best lunch bags work for everyone, and this robust model does the trick. We love the side mesh pockets for easy access to snacks, and a plethora of zippers makes it easy for little fingers to get at what they’re after without a lot of fuss. Solid colours, good design, and bang for the buck round out the bill.

Available at Canadian Tire.

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SoYoung Raw Linen Lunch Bag

The best lunch bags are machine washable and gorgeous, to boot. Raw linen provides a great look on the outside, while the leak-proof insert protects against leaks, stains, and all-over lunch blowouts. Plus, foxes – our favourite!

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Planetbox Rover Lunchbox

This lunch system actually revolutionized our approach to lunches. No more filling the dishwasher with a million different containers. Say goodbye to little fingers being unable to open lids. This bento box system is spacious, fun, and can be expanded with separate, easy-to-open containers (two are included). Plus, there’s a minimal amount of plastic involved AND the kids can customize their design with their choice of magnets. Love, LOVE!

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Lands’ End Kids Soft Sided Lunch Box

This is one of the best lunch bags because it’s durable, a great size, and super cute–there are many more colours and patters available online. They come from the U.S., but all prices online are in CAD, and we find them to be a very reasonable price for a lunch bag that should definitely last more than one school year. (We’re speaking from experience here: going on year four with the same lunch bag!)

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Herschel Pop Quiz Lunch Box

The durable Herschel Pop Quiz Lunch Box features a soft and insulated main snack compartment that easily wipes clean, making it the perfect cafeteria companion. There are 18 stylish colours and colour combos to choose from, making it cute and practical — the ultimate criteria for being one of the best lunch bags.

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Best Lunch Bags Jansport Lunch Break - SavvyMom

Jansport Lunch Break

We already know that Jansport makes some of the best backpacks, so it’s no wonder they’re on the list for best lunch bags as well! The Lunch Break lunch bag has an insulated interior to keep foods warm or cold plus an angled zip opening so it can lay flat for use as a tray, plus an external zippered pocket for utensils, napkins, or other small items. It comes in a number of cute colours and patterns, too!

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Thermos Star Wars Lunch Kit

Is it lunch time or play time? If an adorable R2-D2 lunch bag encourages them to eat, who cares?! With lights and sounds that bring this beloved character to life in lunch box form, need we say more? Well, ok — there’s a full zippered opening for easy access and premium foam insulation to help keep lunches cooler and fresher.

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Best Lunch Bags Parkland Rodeo - SavvyMom

Parkland Rodeo Lunch Kit

Here’s a nice, bright, and sleek lunch kit. We also think it’s really cute. But sweet factor aside, we love that it is easy to clean – because lunch bags have the ability to take on an aroma quite unlike any other kid odour. Parkland lunch bags are made from recycled plastic bottles and there are lots of other adorable patterns available too (soon the whole family could be bringing Parkland lunch bags to work, school, and beyond).

Available at Indigo.


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