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    30 Things That Just Might Convince You To Start Packing A Lunch For Work

    If just saying to yourself, "I should really start packing a lunch" hasn't worked yet.

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    1. A set of four condiment bottles so you can bring just the right amount of dressing or sauce for your meal without worrying about it spilling everywhere


    Plus, they're top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "After many containers that promised leakproof and left me with my lunch sack bathed in salad dressing, I have been saved. For the past two weeks, I've taken different dressings, ketchup, and soy sauce to work and not a drip! I don't use plastic containers, but these cuties sit happy and dry by my glass containers. I am also eyeing some for liquid travel containers for flying. Plus, they're not hard to clean, and they just work!" β€”JH

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes and varieties).

    2. A silicone lunch container that collapses after use, taking up less space in your bag on the way home.


    Get it from Walmart for $12.97.

    3. A Sriracha keychain to have the coveted sauce on you at all times, because it's a fact that hot sauce makes pretty much every meal 10 times better.


    Includes one 1.7 oz bottle and one 1 oz bottle. Sriracha not included.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.23.

    4. A Thermos that'll make it easy to tote soup or other liquid meals to the office β€” especially with its convenient folding spoon that fits in the lid.


    This should be hand-washed only.

    Promising review: "This has been my favorite of all the hot lunch travel containers. It has kept food warm for nine hours so far, with the best results being soups and other mainly liquid-based items. My husband and I have both been using these containers most weekdays for the last three months and have had no issues. We both live and work in the city and rely on public transportation to get around, so our bags get tossed around and smushed, but we've had absolutely no leaks thus far." β€”A.E. Babbs

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in six colors).

    5. An insulated lunch box with two compartments to keep your cold food separate from your room-temperature food so you'll never have to eat freezing-cold chips again.


    Promising review: "I am very glad I chose this lunchbox. The size is perfect, and the overall quality is great. The lining in it is thicker than most and does a great job keeping my food cool with an ice pack. The zipper and straps have all held up well. It looks modern and professional. Overall, this lunch box is perfect for my uses, and I would highly recommend." β€”Jake

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five colors).

    6. Some reusable bags that'll help you cut down on your plastic use and knock two of your resolutions out of the park.


    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 13 colors and patterns).

    7. A portable silverware set with an accompanying case to keep them protected and clean until it's time for you to eat.


    The set includes a fork, spoon, and a pair of chopsticks.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in pink and blue) or a similar eight-piece set for $12.99.

    8. A ceramic bowl with an edge β€” just make sure nobody else in the office tries to walk away with it!

    Urban Outfitters

    The bowl is 22 oz and dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10 (available in three patterns).

    9. A three-compartment lunch container you can use to keep the components of your meal from touching, so you don't end up with a grape-flavored sandwich.


    Plus, it's dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.57+ (available in four colors).

    10. A canvas bag so chic you'll want to bring a lunch every day just so you can show this baby off.


    Get it from WAAM Industries on Etsy for $24 (available in 11 colors) or a similar one from Amazon for $6.98.

    11. A pack of ziplock bags with a "special friend" imprinted on it to stop the office lunch thief from taking your sandwich for good.


    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A stainless steel tumbler to keep your drinks hot or cold, depending on what your preference is.


    Promising review: "This tumbler is truly the way they describe it! I put ice and water in it at 9 p.m. at night. The next morning, there was still a lot of ice. At lunch, I added more water but not more ice. Then at 9 p.m., there was still a core of ice! It's better than a Bubba mug ($12)!! I haven't tried it for coffee yet, but I'm very happy with it!!!" β€”jfs4268

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (available in six colors and three sizes).

    13. A to-go yogurt cup you can fill the top with an assortment of fruit and granola, for a fancy breakfast without a five-star-hotel price tag.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.65+ (available in five colors).

    14. A set of slim ice packs to keep your food cold β€” ice cold.


    You don't have to be a kid to enjoy fun ice packs!

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight themed sets).

    15. A portable personal-sized Crock-Pot that you can put on your desk to keep your food nice and warm all day. You won't have to worry about using the office microwave ever again!


    It's 20 oz and has a dishwasher-safe removable container and spill-proof lid.

    Promising review: "I love this food warmer. I use it for lunch and dinner at work every day. I meal-prep by freezing big batches of food in small freezer bags, and then I place them inside of coffee mugs so the food is in a shape that will fit in the Crock-Pot. I let the food cook from frozen for about two hours, and it comes out perfectly." β€”Karen w.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in four colors).

    16. A bento box with four compartments to help you pack a balanced lunch, even if you fill all four slots with Cheez-its. (It's fine, I won't tell anyone!)


    Promising review: "My daughter just started middle school and takes lunch to school every day. We love the slim design of the Bentgo Fresh. It fits nicely in her bookbag along with her laptop, binders, and notebooks. An added bonus is we never have to worry about it leaking inside her bag and ruining her other stuff. Today we packed applesauce in one of the sections. Everything stayed where it was supposed to." β€”S. Remley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in six colors).

    17. A little bitty tin of salt that's so, so cute but also so useful when you realize you need to add a bit more seasoning to your lunch.

    Jacobsen Salt

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    18. A neoprene bag designed by artists from around the world to give you something truly beautiful β€” so beautiful you might want to put it on display instead of packing your lunch in it.


    This Really Mermaid design was created by artist Monika Strigel from Germany; many of the designs donate a portion of every sale to a coordinating charity.

    Promising review: "I saw a coworker with this lunch bag and fell in love with it so I ordered one for myself! It was delivered two days after I ordered it, and it was perfect for my needs at work. The bottom expands and is roomy enough for several items including a bottle of water. The fabric is rich and vibrant in color and the neoprene keeps my lunch cool and is very strong! I love everything about it!" β€”Ashsmama

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in 14 designs).

    19. A cross-body bag in a gorgeous print that's perfect for commuters β€” because carrying a normal lunch bag on a crowded subway can be more than annoying.

    Get it from for $26.

    20. A set of interchangeable stackable jars you can fill with small snacks or protein powder to keep your healthy-snacking game on track all day.


    It includes four dishwasher-safe containers of different sizes.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49 (available in nine colors).

    21. An insulated lunch bag that might have you convinced you did actually buy your lunch instead of just eating those leftovers from last night's dinner. Mind over matter!


    Get it from Amazon for $10.71.

    22. A 20-pack of meal-prep containers pretty much guaranteed to make you want to get your life together on Sundays so you don't even have to think about buying lunch all week.


    They are also microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe.

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    Plus, check out a meal-prep plan to try!

    23. A 54 oz bowl with tons of compartments, if desk salads are more your style.

    This one has a tray for toppings and a container for dressing, so it won't get soggy before you eat it β€” preventing you from the tragedy of a truly sad desk salad.

    Promising review: "This salad bowl is amazing. It's large enough for a deliciously filling lunch, but small enough so I don't feel like I'm bringing my kitchen with me to work. I like the divided area that fits on top of the bowl, which holds my greens down, while also making sure I have enough space for mixing once I'm ready for all items to come together in perfect harmony." β€”Jo Dangerously

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four colors).

    24. A silicone sleeve to protect your mason jars so you don't have to worry about them rolling around and breaking when you hurriedly throw your lunch into your bag.


    Promising review: "I love this! No more microwaving in plastic containers (and it looks classy!). This product has inspired me to bring my own lunch to work more often β€” it fits easily in my purse so I do not need a separate lunch bag. Once I started searching for meal-in-a-jar ideas, I found a huge variety of options β€” layered salads being one of my favorites. I have also used this to bring stews, soups, curries, rice dishes, leftovers and more for lunch. I'll be buying some of these for gifts this year!" β€”Caroline P.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in four colors).

    25. And don't forget a reusable jar lid you can write your name on.


    The lid is BPA-free and freezer and dishwasher-safe. It fits on wide-mouthed Ball and Kerr mason jars.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $10.

    26. A 12-pack of individually packed balsamic vinegars to prevent spillage situations in your bag.

    World Market

    Get it from World Market for $6.99.

    27. A pack of eco-friendly, protective Bee's Wrap to replace your need for plastic bags altogether.


    Promising review: "This is a great alternative to plastic. I love Bee's Wrap! It works great! I have used it for halved fruits and veggies in the fridge, as well as sandwiches that I take for lunch. It looks very cute as well. The small works for lemons, and the medium for larger veggies (bell peppers, squash, etc.), and the large has lots of room for a standard sandwich." β€”Kara

    Get a set of small, medium, and large sizes from Amazon for $18+ (available in three colors).

    Read our full review of the beeswax wraps here.

    28. A beautiful two-tier ceramic Tiffin lunch box that will make your minimalist heart cry tears of joy.

    World Market

    Get it from World Market for $14.99.

    29. A leak-proof food container with a spoon that's also microwave-safe, so you can simply take it out of the fridge and heat it up for a delicious meal in 90 seconds flat.


    Get it on Amazon for $11.99+ (available in green and pink).

    30. And finally, a book to make sure you don't get stuck in a rut of eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day of the week.

    Simon & Schuster

    Get it from Amazon for $16.67, Barnes & Noble for $17.35, a local bookseller through Indiebound, or find a copy through your local library here.

    Just try not to bring any food that'll stink up the whole office.

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