Each year, in our annual back to school shopping 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. Only last year… we didn’t. (Cute super sad emojis.)
This year, we’re trying to head into the new school year a little more optimistically, stocking up on the gear that get our kids a little more excited to head back to the classroom.
Some of of these lunch box accessories are little affordable treats, some are slightly more expensive picks that we adore and stand by and can give you years of use. The way we see it, we’d rather buy one great lunch box that lasts a lot of years (and see this post for our recos!), than a cheap new one every year.
But hey, there’s so many cool lunch box accessories for kids these days! From fun ice packs to eco-friendly reusable napkins to sandwich cutters and printable lunchbox notes, we hope you can find a few ideas here that make packing school lunch a little less tedious each day. One can hope, right?
– This post has been updated for 2021 with current links and prices –
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Tea Collection x Olika clip-on hydrating hand sanitizer minis ($15/set of 3, Tea Collection)
Also find full-size options on the Olika site, including refills in 6 scents
lifefactory 16oz water bottle $20.08, amazon | reusable sporks $3.99, container store | Zoli vacuum insulated food jar $19.99 on sale, Bed Bath & Beyondi | Yay Lunch! snack containers $12.74/set, amazon | cool coolers ice packs $7.99/4, container store
Thermos Star Wars Funtainers $16.51, Amazon
lunchbots duo bento containers $22.99 and up, amazon
s’ip by s’well 10 oz water bottle $14 and up, amazon | reusable snack bag and napkin set $4.45, MEGoriginal on Etsy | panda bear sandwich cutter $6.99, amazon | fun paper straws $3.46/25, party surprise on Etsy | reusable snack/sandwich bags $8 and up, elle at lunch | panda double decker bento $22, amazon
zoli vacuum insulated 12 oz straw bottle $22, amazon
snacktastic lunch container$11, amazon | reusable cloth napkins $20/12-pack, marley’s monsters | monster bag clips $4.49/6, amazon | personalized lunchbox labels prices vary, mabel’s labels | fun bites fun shape sandwich cutters set $21.00/3, amazon
double dinosaur, heart, butterfly sandwich cutter set $9.71/4 cutters, amazon
fun snack and lunch ben to containers $12.74/set, amazon
souperhero spoon (ha, get it?) $10, amazon
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