When it comes to our back to school guide, we always love tracking down those cool lunch box accessories, water bottles, bentos, and other fun goodies that help make opening that same old lunch box every day a little more special. Some of our picks are little affordable treats, some are slightly more expensive products that we adore and stand by. The way we see it, we’d rather buy one great water bottle that lasts a lot of years, than a cheap new one every year.

But hey, there’s so many cool things to choose from these days! From fun ice packs to eco-friendly reusable napkins to sandwich cutters and printable lunchbox notes, we hope these make packing school lunch a little less tedious each day. (One can dream, right?)

All items have been chosen by our editorial team; there has been no compensation in exchange for any picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate.


– Don’t miss a big chance to enter our back to school giveaway!
We’re giving away TWO $250 Target Gift cards to one lucky CMP reader —
one for you and one for your teacher. Catch all the details below. – 



Cool lunchbox accessories for back to school in every color of the rainbow

lifefactory 16oz water bottle $19.08, amazon | reusable sporks $5.99/2, container store | DINE vacuum insulated food jar  $25, Zoli | Yay Lunch! snacks box ($10, urban outfitters) | cool coolers ice packs  $7.99, the container store

R2D2 Thermos funtainer with straw | cool lunchbox accessories for back to school

R2D2 Thermos Funtainer with straw  $13.49 on sale, Target

Lunchbots Duo bentos in lots of great colors

lunchbots duo dots bentos $19.99 – $23.99, lunchbots


Juice in the Box reusable juice box containers | cool lunch accessories

reusable juice in the box container ($11.95 at reuse it)


Cool lunchbox accessories for kids | back to school guide 2015

s’well hearts water bottle  $25, 9 oz s’well | keep leaf reusable snack bag and napkin set $14.95, reuse it We’re sorry, but this item is no longer available.panda bear sandwich cutter $13.50 tori’s party kitchen | fun paper straws $3.50/25, puppycat crafts | reusable snack/sandwich bag $8, tinyme | panda double decker bento $21, my sweet muffin



Use code CMP15 for 20% off cool lunch bags and backpacks for kids.


Printable color-your-own superhero lunchbox notes from Designer Daddy

printable color-your-own superhero lunchbox notes $2, designer daddy
also available in color, $6.50

Zo-li insulated water bottles with straws | cool lunchbox accessories for back to school

dash insulated 12 oz straw bottle a$26, zoli


Cool lunchbox accessories for kids | back to school 2015

very healthy snacks box $10, urban outfitters | reusable cloth napkins $12 pack, marley’s monsters | monster bag clips $4/6, kikkerland | write away labels $9/30, mabel’s labels | fun shape sandwich cutters $12.99, fun bites


Dinosaur sandwich cutter uses the whole piece of bread. Cute!

double dinosaur sandwich cutter $8, Tori’s Party Kitchen

snack box bentos from imagination lane | cool lunchbox accessories


snack box bentos ($23/4, imagination lane nyc)


Souper Spoon | Cool lunchbox accessories for back to school


souperhero spoon $10, my sweet muffin



Cool Mom Picks $500 back to school giveaway for you and your school

Just because we love you — and we love teachers, too — we’re giving away TWO $250 Target gift cards to one lucky CMP reader, one for you and one we’ll send right to your classroom. To enter, just leave a comment here by midnight ET, Monday Sept 7 and tell us your favorite pick on this back to school guide post and why We’ll draw one winner at random from all our posts. There are lots of chances to win!


1. Leave one comment on the other specially marked back to school guide posts with giveaway info – there will be 5 in all. (That’s, one comment on the post, but many posts to comment on.)

2. Follow @coolmompicks on Twitter and tweet a link to this post with the hashtag #CMPBTS and say something clever like, “I’m entering the #CMPBTS giveaway because I love free stuff + I love teachers.” (But hey, what you say is up to you.)

3. Follow @coolmompicks on Instagram and share your favorite photo from this post with the hashtag #CMPBTS. (Psst…give some credit to the brand, too. It’s a nice thing to do.)

4. Like us on Facebook and share a link to this post on your own Facebook page. Then leave the link to your Facebook update in the comments below.

So basically, you can do any, some or all of these things on each of 5 Back to School gift guide posts giving you oh…like a ton of entries.See our official rules for general giveaway details, void where prohibited, US only please, 18+. Good luck!

Back to School Guide 2015 posts:

12 awesome DIY back to school crafts your kids can actually do
The coolest lunch boxes and bags for kids of all ages
The coolest backpacks for preschool and little kids
The coolest backpacks for big kids
The coolest lunchbox accessories 

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