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20 Products That'll Help You Pack Your Lunch Like A Champ

Is it just me or is lunchtime the most important time of the day?

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1. So let's start at the beginning because if you don't own a lunch box, you definitely should.

This purrrfect lunch box has cooling gel built into the walls so all you have to do is leave it in the freezer overnight. Come the next morning, it will be nice and cold. Plus it's made from nontoxic poly canvas and is PVC-, BPA-, phthalate-, formaldehyde-, and lead-free. Promising review: "This is our second PackIt lunch bag that we've purchased. These lunch bags freeze overnight and don't require a separate blue ice pack (which I know would end up getting lost at school). They stay icy cold the whole school day and keep my daughter's perishable lunch items safe to eat. The bag holds a lot of food as it is very roomy. It is a bit on the heavy side compared to other lunch boxes, but this is due to the freezing gel inside the bag. To clean the bag, we simply hose it down outside with soap and water, or wash it by hand in the sink. Then we hang the bag outside to dry. You can also wipe spills off the bag with a soapy cloth. So cute and effective!" —mysecretgirlGet it from Amazon for $11.76+ (available in 34 styles).
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This purrrfect lunch box has cooling gel built into the walls so all you have to do is leave it in the freezer overnight. Come the next morning, it will be nice and cold. Plus it's made from nontoxic poly canvas and is PVC-, BPA-, phthalate-, formaldehyde-, and lead-free.

Promising review: "This is our second PackIt lunch bag that we've purchased. These lunch bags freeze overnight and don't require a separate blue ice pack (which I know would end up getting lost at school). They stay icy cold the whole school day and keep my daughter's perishable lunch items safe to eat. The bag holds a lot of food as it is very roomy. It is a bit on the heavy side compared to other lunch boxes, but this is due to the freezing gel inside the bag. To clean the bag, we simply hose it down outside with soap and water, or wash it by hand in the sink. Then we hang the bag outside to dry. You can also wipe spills off the bag with a soapy cloth. So cute and effective!" —mysecretgirl

Get it from Amazon for $11.76+ (available in 34 styles).

2. Or maybe a poké ball lunch box so awesome you'll want to ~catch~ all the snacks.

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Promising review: "My kid is delighted with this lunch box. It was a huge hit the first day of school. All his classmates wanted to check it out. It works best with items that can be stored in ziplock bags rather than square Tupperware, but it is quite roomy inside."MAC

Get it from Amazon for $15.23 or Barnes & Noble for $19.95.

3. A Crock-Pot warmer so you can bring your comfort food from your living room couch to your office desk.

This Crock-Pot has a lid for easy travel and is dishwasher-safe. Its 20-ounce capacity is the perfect single person serving. Also to make sure you avoid burns, the outside of the pot doesn't get hot while warming your food. Promising review: "The line at the work microwave can be long, so I bought this. I was concerned when it said to start it much earlier than meal time to heat up, but it got hot fast. In about 30 minutes my canned soup was hot. I set it up and plugged it in while I got ready for lunch. It was ready by the time I finished updating my calendar and emails, and cleared my desk for lunch. I can pack it before I leave for work with leftovers, or heat up a canned meal. Sometimes I buy bagged frozen meals and divide them up over several servings. This would work well for heating those up too." —Wes B.Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four colors).
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This Crock-Pot has a lid for easy travel and is dishwasher-safe. Its 20-ounce capacity is the perfect single person serving. Also to make sure you avoid burns, the outside of the pot doesn't get hot while warming your food.

Promising review: "The line at the work microwave can be long, so I bought this. I was concerned when it said to start it much earlier than meal time to heat up, but it got hot fast. In about 30 minutes my canned soup was hot. I set it up and plugged it in while I got ready for lunch. It was ready by the time I finished updating my calendar and emails, and cleared my desk for lunch. I can pack it before I leave for work with leftovers, or heat up a canned meal. Sometimes I buy bagged frozen meals and divide them up over several servings. This would work well for heating those up too." —Wes B.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four colors).

4. A collapsible salad bowl designed to fit toppings like cherry tomatoes, croutons, and carrots, while also holding dressing and a multipurpose spork (spoon/fork).

I own this bowl and absolutely love it. It holds a large amount of lettuce plus my dressing and toppings. You can separate certain things out so they don't get soggy, or can throw whatever your heart desires in with the lettuce. The spork folds into itself and the silicone bowl collapses for easy storage. When I'm done eating, I simply pack it up (the dressing container and spork fit inside the top compartment) and slip it into my bag for later use. It's also super easy to clean. I just use a bit of soap and water to wash it out. Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four color combinations).
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I own this bowl and absolutely love it. It holds a large amount of lettuce plus my dressing and toppings. You can separate certain things out so they don't get soggy, or can throw whatever your heart desires in with the lettuce. The spork folds into itself and the silicone bowl collapses for easy storage. When I'm done eating, I simply pack it up (the dressing container and spork fit inside the top compartment) and slip it into my bag for later use. It's also super easy to clean. I just use a bit of soap and water to wash it out.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four color combinations).

5. A set of bento box containers so you can separate your sandwich from your fruit salad from your carrots and hummus from your mixed nuts. I'm soothed just looking at this.

These boxes are equipped with different sized sections to help you portion out the lunch of your dreams. Great for kids or adults, these boxes are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. This lids are easy to remove for children and the containers nest together for easy storage when not in use. Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in three styles and with mini dippers).
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These boxes are equipped with different sized sections to help you portion out the lunch of your dreams. Great for kids or adults, these boxes are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. This lids are easy to remove for children and the containers nest together for easy storage when not in use.

Get it from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in three styles and with mini dippers).

6. A microwavable mug great for those gloomy and rainy days when you just want to enjoy a cup of chicken noodle soup.

This mug will heat without splatters due to the vented lid. It's fridge-, freezer-, and microwave-safe. You can put it in the dishwasher – just place it on the top rack! Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in two styles).
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This mug will heat without splatters due to the vented lid. It's fridge-, freezer-, and microwave-safe. You can put it in the dishwasher – just place it on the top rack!

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in two styles).

7. A pack of snack bags that'll zip closed so you never drop a cracker, goldfish, or almond.

These bags are reusable, so ditch those plastic bags you constantly are throwing away. If a snack leaks inside the bag, just wash it down with water and you'll be all set. Upon purchase, you get an assorted set of four.Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 14 styles).
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These bags are reusable, so ditch those plastic bags you constantly are throwing away. If a snack leaks inside the bag, just wash it down with water and you'll be all set. Upon purchase, you get an assorted set of four.

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 14 styles).

8. A thermos ideal for cold treats like ice cream! Every lunch needs a dessert, let's be real.

This thermos will keep whatever you pack cold up to 10 hours or hot up to 5. It's stainless steel body is super insulated and leak free. Get it from Amazon for $15.50 (available in three colors).
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This thermos will keep whatever you pack cold up to 10 hours or hot up to 5. It's stainless steel body is super insulated and leak free.

Get it from Amazon for $15.50 (available in three colors).

9. A cutlery set so you're never caught with sticky fingers again. And you can finally stop blaming your office when they run out of forks.

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Promising review: "I was very glad to find these. I did a good bit of looking and seen a lot of mixed reviews about sets like these being very thin and flimsy, or much too small for adult hands. These were none of those things. They have a pretty pattern on them, the case is cute and sleek, the utensils are a little smaller than your standard size (but not so much smaller as to be difficult for use by adults), and they are quite firmly made. I can't bend them." —ATXMomma

Get two sets from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three color combinations).

10. A to-go bowl excellent for building vegetable and protein packed grain bowls that'll keep you full for hours.

This bowl is sealable, non-slip, and microwave-safe. It comes in a wide array of beautiful colors. Get it from Food52 for $25+ (available in 10 colors and with a cookbook).
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This bowl is sealable, non-slip, and microwave-safe. It comes in a wide array of beautiful colors.

Get it from Food52 for $25+ (available in 10 colors and with a cookbook).

11. A condiment bottle built for easy squeezing and refilling. Now you'll never be caught without ketchup, mustard, or salad dressing. BTW, a dry salad is the worst thing ever and I stand behind that sentiment 100%.

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These leakproof bottles can be added to any lunch box.

Get a 37-milliliter bottle from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in larger sizes).

12. A slim ice pack you can throw in with your food for added chill. It won't take up too much space, which is important because you need room for goodies.

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Promising review: "These are great cooler packs. They are very small and thin so they can be packed into a lunch bag without taking up real estate for food and drinks. I put two of them at the bottom of my lunch cooler and fit four sodas, a full sized pack of lunch meat and a full sized package of cheese with no struggle. These​ are super compact and hold the cold for hours. I couldn't be happier with this purchase." —Wendy Swearingen

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in larger quantities).

13. A pack of food wrap that'll become your go-to instead of plastic wrap or sandwich bags. It's antibacterial and reusable!

Made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, this wrap can last up to a year even when used several times a week. It's washable and will form to whatever you cocoon inside. Check out a BuzzFeeder's review.Promising review: "This is an awesome product. This pack comes in a variety of sizes: the sandwich wrap is pretty large and the medium wraps will definitely fit around a large onion-sized item. It's easy to rinse off and keep clean, plus sticky enough to cling to itself and other items. It feels great to eliminate some of the plastic chemicals and waste from my life." —Lena C.Get it from Amazon for $21.
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Made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, this wrap can last up to a year even when used several times a week. It's washable and will form to whatever you cocoon inside. Check out a BuzzFeeder's review.

Promising review: "This is an awesome product. This pack comes in a variety of sizes: the sandwich wrap is pretty large and the medium wraps will definitely fit around a large onion-sized item. It's easy to rinse off and keep clean, plus sticky enough to cling to itself and other items. It feels great to eliminate some of the plastic chemicals and waste from my life." —Lena C.

Get it from Amazon for $21.

14. A pack of fun-shaped cutters for any parent whose child may be a bit picky about what their lunch looks like.

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Promising review: "Great quality made products and so fun for my preschool-aged son and I! We’ve loved cutting fruits, veggies, sandwiches, pancakes, and quesadillas! It’s given his lunches an extra touch. It had smooth delivery and the seller reaches out personally to make sure everything was satisfactory. Highly recommend!" —Alexis Marin

Get an assorted pack of 10 from Amazon for $17.98.

15. A yogurt container with space for granola and fruit because sometimes you'll get tired of salads and sandwiches!

The silicone ring is non-slip and the spill-proof lid means you won't lose any strawberries or blueberries. Promising review: "So cool! I l love the fact that I never have to search for a spoon!" —M. Graham Get it from Amazon for $11.11.
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The silicone ring is non-slip and the spill-proof lid means you won't lose any strawberries or blueberries.

Promising review: "So cool! I l love the fact that I never have to search for a spoon!" —M. Graham

Get it from Amazon for $11.11.

16. A pack of Twist n' Lock storage jars you can use for legit any type of snack. I mean...pretzels, nuts, popcorn, or even protein powder for your mid-day shake.

These are freezer- and dishwasher-safe! Just combine the containers you wish to use by screwing them together and pop them into your bag. Get an 100cc 3-pack from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 13 sizes and 4 sizes).
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These are freezer- and dishwasher-safe! Just combine the containers you wish to use by screwing them together and pop them into your bag.

Get an 100cc 3-pack from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 13 sizes and 4 sizes).

17. A mini salt and pepper shaker to help flavor your food when you find it a tad bland.

Get a set from Amazon for $11.95.
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Get a set from Amazon for $11.95.

18. A floral napkin that'll add some color and cheer to your packed lunch. You may even have trouble getting them dirty.

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $6.49.
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Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $6.49.

19. A silicone reusable straw to replace the plastic in your life. They even come with tiny cleaning brushes!

These dishwasher-safe straws are wide so they're suited for smoothies and shakes, along with water and regular soft drinks. Promising review: "So far I’m thrilled! I’ve been looking for straws to replace my current plastic one. I have the newer lid that does not have the wide sipper spot but instead has a hole for a wider straw. The straws slide in perfectly without any extra space. I also tested the brush that comes with the straw. One of my biggest concerns would be that the straw would be too flimsy and bend too easily. That is not the case at all. The little scrub brush slides right in and cleans it perfectly!" —Jen Reitz Scholz Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $7.99.
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These dishwasher-safe straws are wide so they're suited for smoothies and shakes, along with water and regular soft drinks.

Promising review: "So far I’m thrilled! I’ve been looking for straws to replace my current plastic one. I have the newer lid that does not have the wide sipper spot but instead has a hole for a wider straw. The straws slide in perfectly without any extra space. I also tested the brush that comes with the straw. One of my biggest concerns would be that the straw would be too flimsy and bend too easily. That is not the case at all. The little scrub brush slides right in and cleans it perfectly!" —Jen Reitz Scholz

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $7.99.

20. And finally, a multipurpose slicer that'll cut and core apples, mangoes, cucumbers, and whatever else you may feel like eating that day.

The blades are interchangeable and sharp – so be careful!Get it from Food52 for $26.
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The blades are interchangeable and sharp – so be careful!

Get it from Food52 for $26.

Now go on and pack the lunch of your dreams!

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