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1. A waterproof, insulated lunch tote bag that'll give you the space you need to pack a big lunch and then some, so you can stop using the rain as an excuse to get take out.

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Features: waterproof, foldable, double stitched stress points, strong handle, smooth zipper, one main insulated compartment

Promising review: "This is a great, cute, and stylish lunch bag. Size — it fits my lunch for the day: drink, coffee, salad, yogurt, and ice pack. The handles are nice and sturdy, but too short to put over your shoulder. I like the outside pouch, very handy for utensils, phone or whatever. Quality — I pack my lunch at 6:30 a.m., and it stays cool 'til noon. I recommend this bag. Not only does it hold all my food and keep it cool, but it looks good while doing it." —Wendy

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

2. A reusable straw to fit perfectly in your Yeti rambler filled with the fuel you need to start the day.

Promising review: "So far I’m thrilled! I’ve been looking for straws to replace my current plastic one in my 30 oz. Yeti. 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. The little scrub brush slides right in, and cleans it perfectly!" —Jen Reitz Scholz Get them from Amazon for $7.99.
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Promising review: "So far I’m thrilled! I’ve been looking for straws to replace my current plastic one in my 30 oz. Yeti. 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. The little scrub brush slides right in, and cleans it perfectly!" —Jen Reitz Scholz

Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

3. A leakproof Bento box for anyone who wants to pack a worry-free lunch in four satisfying compartments.

Features: four leak-proof compartments, BPA-free, includes 20 recipes and meal ideasPromising review: "So far so good. We had the smaller version and loved it, but needed a bigger size to fit the full sandwich so we got this one. I love the color, and as usual, I love this bento box is leakproof. I ordered many other brands all at the same time, and did leak testing. This is the only one that did not leak water at all." —C MamaGet it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in six colors).
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Features: four leak-proof compartments, BPA-free, includes 20 recipes and meal ideas

Promising review: "So far so good. We had the smaller version and loved it, but needed a bigger size to fit the full sandwich so we got this one. I love the color, and as usual, I love this bento box is leakproof. I ordered many other brands all at the same time, and did leak testing. This is the only one that did not leak water at all." —C Mama

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

4. A three-piece set of reusable flatware featuring a handy carrying case so you never forget your fork in the office sink again in an attempt to save the planet.

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Set includes: spoon, fork, and chopsticks

Promising review: "Picked one of these up to include with packed lunches for my husband. Decent quality and lightweight. Really nice sliding case and easy to clean. Perfect for our needs." —Jamie

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three colors).

5. An apple corer and cutter ideal for slicing up apples with ease for an easy, healthy addition to any lunch.

Promising review: "I love this apple corer, and use it almost everyday. It slices apples into 16 nice slices, easy to munch on and pack for lunch. The bottom section makes it very easy to remove the apple slices when it is closed. This little item makes slicing apples so easy." —QGet it from Amazon for $10.56 or from Walmart for $10.56.
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Promising review: "I love this apple corer, and use it almost everyday. It slices apples into 16 nice slices, easy to munch on and pack for lunch. The bottom section makes it very easy to remove the apple slices when it is closed. This little item makes slicing apples so easy." —Q

Get it from Amazon for $10.56 or from Walmart for $10.56.

6. And a 10-pack of Justin's Peanut Butter to add on to your next Amazon order. Apple and peanut butter and PBJ just got way easier!

Promising review: "Justin's Peanut Butter is perfect for anyone who wants to eat peanut butter but doesn't want all the salt and sugar that's found in most brands of peanut butter. The only ingredients in Justin's Classic Peanut Butter are dry roasted peanuts and a small amount of oil. These squeeze packets are a must for lunch boxes. It tastes great, the portion is perfect for one PBJ sandwich or 10–12 crackers, and the squeeze packs last a long time in storage." —PWTSMGet it from Amazon as an add-on for $5.50.
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Promising review: "Justin's Peanut Butter is perfect for anyone who wants to eat peanut butter but doesn't want all the salt and sugar that's found in most brands of peanut butter. The only ingredients in Justin's Classic Peanut Butter are dry roasted peanuts and a small amount of oil. These squeeze packets are a must for lunch boxes. It tastes great, the portion is perfect for one PBJ sandwich or 10–12 crackers, and the squeeze packs last a long time in storage." —PWTSM

Get it from Amazon as an add-on for $5.50.

7. A three-pack of 16 oz. Mason Jars with a wide mouth so you can fill this babe to the brim and enjoy a delish Mason Jar meal.

Promising review: "Thanks to the person who said this is great for overnight oatmeal. Just made my first batch in these and they're perfect. They clean up so much easier than my plastic tubs, and the heating/cooling of plastic can't be great vs. glass. I would highly recommend these!" —K. WilliamsonCheck out four mason jar meals from Tasty.Get a three-pack of wide-mouth Mason Jars from Amazon for $13.10 or a 12-pack of jars from Jet for $7.25.
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Promising review: "Thanks to the person who said this is great for overnight oatmeal. Just made my first batch in these and they're perfect. They clean up so much easier than my plastic tubs, and the heating/cooling of plastic can't be great vs. glass. I would highly recommend these!" —K. Williamson

Check out four mason jar meals from Tasty.

Get a three-pack of wide-mouth Mason Jars from Amazon for $13.10 or a 12-pack of jars from Jet for $7.25.

8. A jar jacket that'll insulate your precious lunch and help protect your hand from hot glass when you heat up a chicken pot pie in a Mason Jar.

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Promising review: "I love Jar Jackets! The engineering/design behind these is terrific. They help insulate against heat — so I can use a paper towel instead of a hot pad when retrieving my jar from the microwave after heating my lunch. It also helps insulate against burning/scarring your table or countertops from putting down a hot jar. Another great design feature is the openness of the chevron pattern, which allows you to fairly easily ID what's in the jars. The jackets easily wash in the dishwasher (I leave them on the jars), or by hand. A tiny bit of water gets in between the glass and the sleeve in the dishwasher, so I just slide the jar jacket up about a half inch to let them air dry before storing." —Vicky Troyan

Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in one, three, or four packs).

9. And a reusable, leak-proof jar lid you should probably write "MINE" on to protect your lunch from thieves 👀.

Promising review: "Just perfect! Much better than the old style metal two-piece lids. And pretty too! The quality of the product appears to be very good. Not cheap looking at all. Thanks so much!" —Cindy M.Get a four pack of BPA-free lids from Amazon for $9.49.
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Promising review: "Just perfect! Much better than the old style metal two-piece lids. And pretty too! The quality of the product appears to be very good. Not cheap looking at all. Thanks so much!" —Cindy M.

Get a four pack of BPA-free lids from Amazon for $9.49.

10. A six-piece set of Rubbermaid air-tight containers specially designed to keep your food fresh and your salad organized, if that's your thing.

Set includes: two 1.3-cup containers with lids, one 3.2-cup container with lidPromising review: "These are really aesthetically pleasing, and perfect for meal prepping. My healthy salad and veggies look so bright and colorful — people often comment on how delicious my lunch looks, and it’s usually just a green salad. The crystal clear container really makes it look appetizing, and the seal is super tight. I’ve thrown soup in my purse and carried it around all day without worrying. I’ve always preferred glass, but these are so light, nestle so well, are super easy to clean, and are drip-proof. I’m a convert. I immediately purchase another set as soon as I got the first." —Joy3888Get them from Amazon for $12.09+ (various sets available), or get a 10-piece set from Target for $13.49.
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Set includes: two 1.3-cup containers with lids, one 3.2-cup container with lid

Promising review: "These are really aesthetically pleasing, and perfect for meal prepping. My healthy salad and veggies look so bright and colorful — people often comment on how delicious my lunch looks, and it’s usually just a green salad. The crystal clear container really makes it look appetizing, and the seal is super tight. I’ve thrown soup in my purse and carried it around all day without worrying. I’ve always preferred glass, but these are so light, nestle so well, are super easy to clean, and are drip-proof. I’m a convert. I immediately purchase another set as soon as I got the first." —Joy3888

Get them from Amazon for $12.09+ (various sets available), or get a 10-piece set from Target for $13.49.

11. A vacuum-insulated stainless steel food thermos as cute as it is powerful. This is perfect for bringing hot soup for lunch — or you know, an ice cream sundae on a Monday.

Promising review: "My daughter loves this thermos. She was tired of cold lunches, and wanted hot soups and pastas. She loves the sky blue color. My other daughter got the pink one. I fill it with hot water first to warm up the thermos while I heat up the soup or pasta, then I dump the hot water out, and put the heated food in. She has no trouble opening the thermos, and she said her food is still hot when she goes to lunch. I make their lunches at 7 a.m. and they go to lunch around noon, so five hours later and their food is still nice and hot." —DominickGet it from Amazon for $15.50 (available in five colors).
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Promising review: "My daughter loves this thermos. She was tired of cold lunches, and wanted hot soups and pastas. She loves the sky blue color. My other daughter got the pink one. I fill it with hot water first to warm up the thermos while I heat up the soup or pasta, then I dump the hot water out, and put the heated food in. She has no trouble opening the thermos, and she said her food is still hot when she goes to lunch. I make their lunches at 7 a.m. and they go to lunch around noon, so five hours later and their food is still nice and hot." —Dominick

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

12. A ceramic two-tier Tiffin lunch box that'll make your grandma jealous as she reminiscences on how much better lunch boxes were back in the olden days.

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Promising review: "I love my little Tiffin box. The individual bowls are microwaveable, and they are NOT plastic. This keeps food cooler than other materials, is easy to carry, and keeps two dishes completely separate." —Breanne

Get it from World Market for $14.99.

13. A ravioli maker so you can stop paying $12 for a bag of "artisan ravioli" and just make your own at home!

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Promising review: "My son and I used this ravioli maker and it was super easy. When you roll out the dough on the plastic piece, it helps to sprinkle a bit of flour, to peel it easily. The same applies to the piece of metal. We are already planning the next lunch with ravioli!" —Carmen Teresa Senior

Get it from Amazon for $14.62 or from Jet for $14.62.

14. A set of two organic cotton lunch bags for anyone who needs to pack their food in a durable bag to match their mood.

Get them from World Market for $45.98.
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Get them from World Market for $45.98.

15. A genius can colander who shall be there for you when you gotta drain that water before you whip up a tuna, macaroni, and pea salad.

Promising review: "Delivered on time and as described. I take tuna for lunch to work, and this is light and easy to clean. I use it three or four times a week." —S.A.Get it from Amazon for $3.49 or from Walmart for $3.49.
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Promising review: "Delivered on time and as described. I take tuna for lunch to work, and this is light and easy to clean. I use it three or four times a week." —S.A.

Get it from Amazon for $3.49 or from Walmart for $3.49.

16. A portable Crock-Pot you'll bring to work every day and let your lunch slow-cook to perfection like some sort of modern rustic cowboy.

Features: 20-ounce capacity, cool-touch exteriror, dishwasher-safe removable container with spill-proof lidPromising review: "I've had this same Crock-Pot for about four years now, and it has saved my life! I love it so much and it works wonders. I leave the outside part in my office, and take the food container part home with me. Once I'm done eating, I wash it and clean it really well, then back in my lunch bag it goes. It just makes life so much easier. I also prefer warming my food up in this Crock-Pot rather than using a microwave. Best part is I could leave it on for two hours straight, and not having to worry about anything. My food is nice, tasty, and warm. This is just amazing!" —Babygal422Get it from Amazon for $21.99.
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Features: 20-ounce capacity, cool-touch exteriror, dishwasher-safe removable container with spill-proof lid

Promising review: "I've had this same Crock-Pot for about four years now, and it has saved my life! I love it so much and it works wonders. I leave the outside part in my office, and take the food container part home with me. Once I'm done eating, I wash it and clean it really well, then back in my lunch bag it goes. It just makes life so much easier. I also prefer warming my food up in this Crock-Pot rather than using a microwave. Best part is I could leave it on for two hours straight, and not having to worry about anything. My food is nice, tasty, and warm. This is just amazing!" —Babygal422

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

17. A whole set of everything you could ever need to pack lunch, including: a water-resisteant lunch bag, stackable lunch containers, and a water bottle. Time to make your own lunches and color-coordinate like a true adult.

Set includes: insulated, water-resistant lunch bag, three BPA-free stackable lunch containers, and water bottle; containers and lids are microwaves, freezer, and top-rack dishwasher safeGet it from Wayfair for $53.99.
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Set includes: insulated, water-resistant lunch bag, three BPA-free stackable lunch containers, and water bottle; containers and lids are microwaves, freezer, and top-rack dishwasher safe

Get it from Wayfair for $53.99.

18. An incredible, rechargeable (via USB), BPA-free portable blender that just might make you toss your full-sized blender out the window. Smoothie for lunch every day, here we come!

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Set includes: ice tray, funnel, and recipe booklet

Promising review: "I have already purchased three of them. Friends that see me with it are ordering it. What an amazing product; very practical and easy to use. I take it to work, and have my smoothie for lunch. It detaches, and you can put it in the refrigerator for later. Easy to clean. you just have to be mindful that the fruits have to be in small pieces, and not to fill it to the top — leave room for it to blend. I truly love my PopBabies. I highly recommend this product." —Rosalie Astacio

Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

19. A rapid Dash egg cooker to help you make the speediest egg salad sandwich or a soft-boiled egg for ramen day.

Promising review: "Quickly makes 12 hard boiled (or soft, or medium) eggs, or you can make seven mini omelets or one larger one (we have done all of the above). Easy to use; we've used it when we are half asleep just to have something made for lunch. Turns itself off. The measuring cup for water has the puncture piece under it, and comes with a cap so you don't jab yourself. This is the first one I've found that has this safety feature. I was so impressed by it, I bought a second one for a great friend who love hard boiled eggs as well. This is our new favorite appliance!" —Kim L. MedinaGet it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors) or from Target for $19.99+ (available in two colors).
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Promising review: "Quickly makes 12 hard boiled (or soft, or medium) eggs, or you can make seven mini omelets or one larger one (we have done all of the above). Easy to use; we've used it when we are half asleep just to have something made for lunch. Turns itself off. The measuring cup for water has the puncture piece under it, and comes with a cap so you don't jab yourself. This is the first one I've found that has this safety feature. I was so impressed by it, I bought a second one for a great friend who love hard boiled eggs as well. This is our new favorite appliance!" —Kim L. Medina

Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors) or from Target for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

20. A mini portorable oven that'll make you the lunch-envy of the office once everyone smells the tasty meal you are preparing before their very eyes.

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Features: can cook frozen and uncooked food, or reheat leftovers, keeps your food at a food safe temperature until ready to eat

Promising review: "Once you try it, you'll be hooked! This is the fourth mini I've purchased. Cannot say enough good things about this. I always have a hot lunch at work, and my boyfriend's coworkers are jealous because not only doesn't he have to wait in line for the microwave, it produces a far superior outcome. I have cooked from a raw state to completely cooked on any number of proteins. From meatloaf, to beef stew, stewed chicken, etc. I even can reheat my medium rare steak on the lid of my Glasslock container and not have it overcook. This thing is a lifesaver for those of us with food allergies. Never again will I have to pay Russian roulette while on trips. As you can see in my photos, the surface area of my food when opened was still over 140 degrees, internal is higher. The company said it cooks to 165 degrees, various tests show it at around 195 degrees on the plate itself." —Javajabbers

Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in five colors).

21. A reusable, eco-friendly sandwich wrap so the whole family can replace aluminum foil and plastic bags, and still have an effective way to transport a very important sandwich.

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Promising review: "Purchased for my kids for their lunches at school, to replace aluminum foil and plastic bags. Has been a great transition. We are doing our part, and the product holds up great! Looking forward to purchasing more for home use as well." —joe stokes

Read our full review of Bee's Wrap here.

Get them from Amazon: a three-pack of Bee's Wrap for $18 (one small, medium, and large) or a sandwich wrap for $11 (three colors).

22. A Japan Crate subscription box filled with new and familiar goodies you'll want to pack in your lunch bag all month long.

What you get: choose from a Japanese candy crate, Kawaii-themed crate, instant noodle crate, or a Japanese beauty crate in three different sizes. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time. Promising review: "Japan crate day is my favorite day of the month. I get the largest box and every month it’s packed with great snacks — old favorites, and always something new I’ve never tried. This is one that I highly recommend." —LillianGet it from Cratejoy for $25+ a month (choose from five crate options).
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What you get: choose from a Japanese candy crate, Kawaii-themed crate, instant noodle crate, or a Japanese beauty crate in three different sizes. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.

Promising review: "Japan crate day is my favorite day of the month. I get the largest box and every month it’s packed with great snacks — old favorites, and always something new I’ve never tried. This is one that I highly recommend." —Lillian

Get it from Cratejoy for $25+ a month (choose from five crate options).

23. And a four-pack of slim ice packs designed to fit like a dream inside your lunch pack. Hello still cold, fresh lunch!

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Promising review: "These have worked great for my kid's school lunches. Works well in an insulated lunch bag to keep food chilled. The coolers are still cold to the touch when I take them out of my daughter's lunch box after she returns home from school. The thin size is perfect for not taking up too much space. I've had them for a few months, have sent one in school lunches everyday, and I have not had any problems with leaking." —abh17

Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

How to eat lunch straight out of a Crock-Pot:

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