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    20 Things That’ll Help You Pack A Ridiculously Good Lunch

    Mini slow-cookers, insulated bags and containers, yummy snacks, and more.

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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.


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

    Promising review: "I love this lunch bag! It's big enough to hold everything I need without being cumbersome. The outside pocket is incredibly useful, as well. The bag is well made and durable." —Karis Martindale

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

    the brightly colored straws in a pack and in a Yeti

    Promising review: "I LOVE these!! No rubbery taste, they are soft on your mouth and teeth unlike steel or hard plastic. I wanted to quit using single-use plastics and was looking for a replacement for my straws. I tried stainless steel and hard plastic. I liked them both but was very concerned about my grandkids (or myself) hurting myself on them. They are unforgiving if you fall or hit your mouth accidentally. These are perfect!! Soft, big, come with a couple of brushes to clean them as well." —Anita J. Hensley

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    3. 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!, Amazon

    This blender comes with an 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 $39.99 (available in four colors).

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

    a reviewer photo of two bento boxes filled with pasta, fruit, and other foods

    These bento boxes featur four leak-proof compartments, BPA-free plastic, and includes 20 recipes and meal ideas.

    Promising review: "We have three of these boxes for our children, in addition to two of the smaller-kids version. They use them daily and love them. The lunch bags we put these in are already falling apart, but the Bentgo boxes still look like new halfway through the school year! These replaced a huge bin of system containers." —Th Mom

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

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

    an apple being sliced into 16 even slices with the cutter

    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 $9.99.

    6. 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.

    a mason jar filled with rice, beans, corn, tomato, and chicken
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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 $14.97.

    7. 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.


    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 $7.16+ (available in one, or four packs and four colors).

    8. Jessie's Nutty-Cups subscription service will end your peanut butter chocolate lunchtime cravings and give you the treat you need to get you through the day.

    white chocolate, peppermint, and pretzel cups

    What you get: A variety of peanut butter (and occasionally almond butter) cups made with Belgian chocolate; with delish flavors like Dark Sea Salt, PBJ, and Oreo. If you're always trying new peanut butter cups from the grocery store (me), this is the subscription for you!

    Promising review: "Fabulous peanut butter cups, exceeded expectations!" —Jenni S.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $16/month.

    9. A set of savvy travel utensils that'll be way better for the environment than those pesky plastic forks, not to mention it'll be way easier to cut into your food with a metal knife!


    Promising review: "This utensil set is ridiculously convenient. For a travel set, the metal is sturdy enough, it pops in and out of the sleeve easily, and the utensils are a good enough size that I don't feel like I'm eating with severely undersized flatware." —B. Enos

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. An insulated Totoro lunch bag I'm completely obsessed with, as will any other Studio Ghibli fans!

    a cream-colored tote with Totoro on it

    Promising review: "Very sturdy and a pretty bag. It's larger than I expected and of very good quality. My daughter-in-law loved it!" —BellaBlue

    Get it from BoxLunch for $43.90.

    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.

    the pink thermos with strawberry ice cream in it

    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 ten colors).

    12. A genius can colander who shall be there for you when you gotta drain that water before you whip up a tuna salad.

    a person using the can colander to drain tuna fish

    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 $7.90.

    13. 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.

    the small white and red Crock Pot with stew inside of it

    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 $26.17 (available in five colors).

    14. A phthalate- and BPA-free mug with a snap-on lid for splatter-free heating of delicious soups, midday cocoa, and morning oatmeal.

    a person sprinkling seasoning over their food in the mug

    This mug is safe for the microwave with a built-in vent, dishwasher- (top-rack), and freezer-safe.

    Promising review: "I like to take soup for lunch. I have tried so many different ways to combine soup and lunch using all sorts of different containers and, finally, here is the perfect solution. This soup mug holds a whole can of Progresso soup and makes it easy to heat. The vent on top allows me to get the soup nice and hot without anything exploding and spraying the inside of the microwave. The cap locks on tightly so you can fill it with homemade soup, too! The container is nice and thick so you would also be able to freeze one serving of homemade soup to use later." —Sally

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

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

    the egg cooker in black with a dozen eggs in it

    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 loves hard-boiled eggs as well. This is our new favorite appliance!" —Kim L. Medina

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in six colors).

    16. 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.


    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 nine colors).

    17. 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., Harper Hendrickson / Via BuzzFeed

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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

    the Japan Crate Box filled with various sweet and savory snacks

    What you get: Choose from a Japanese candy crate (3 different sizes!), Kawaii-themed crate, instant noodle crate, collectable roulette capsule toy crate, or a Japanese beauty crate! 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 $22.50+/month (choose from five crate options).

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


    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 $19.59.

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


    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 $8.99.

    You making yourself a scrumptious lunch on the daily:

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