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.

Some of of these lunch box accessories are little affordable treats, some are slightly more expensive picks that we adore and stand by because they’ll 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.

We’d also rather invest in great reusable snack bags, utensils, and other containers to cut back on single-use products as much as possible.

We think you’ll find so many cool lunch box accessories for kids in our recos below! From fun ice packs to eco-friendly reusable napkins to sandwich cutters and printable lunchbox notes, we hope you can discover a few ideas here that make packing school lunch a little less tedious each day. One can hope, right?

– Updated for 2024 – 

See all the fun new back to school picks in our 2023 Back to School Guide

The coolest lunch box accessories for back to school

Cool lunch box accessories for back to school 2023 | cool mom picksabove and at top: zoku kids kawaii shark utensil set

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Hydroflask insulated lunch box and kids' water bottles with straws for back to schoolkids hydroflask water bottle with straw lid, $28.95, amazon | hydroflask insulated lunchbox, $44.95, nordstrom


Reusable drink in the box juice box alternatives for back to school lunch boxesreusable drink in the box container, $14.00 on amazon in lots of colors

Planet Box build-a-kit lets you customize an entire eco-friendly lunch set for your kids!

planet box eco-friendly build-a-kit complete lunchtime set $59.95 and up, planet box


Cool lunchbox accessories for back to school in every color of the rainbow | back to School guide 2023lifefactory 16oz water bottle $24.99, amazon | reusable sporks $3.29, container store | lunchbots leak-proof snack jar  $21.99, amazon | wildkin nesting snack containers $19.99/3, amazon | cool coolers ice packs  $7.99/3, container store

Related: Lunch bags and totes for teens and big kids who have outgrown lunch boxes


S'well Kids food canister set: Cool back to school lunchbox accesories 2023S’Well kids food canister set | $34 on sale, S’Well

Lunchbots Duo bentos in lots of great colorslunchbots duo bento containers $32.99, amazon


Cool lunchbox accessories for kids | back to school guide 2023s’well 17 oz insulated water bottle  $28, amazon | personalized reusable snack bags $8 and up, zippered zebra on ttsy | diy uncrustables sandwich cutters $11.96, amazon | fun paper straws $9.50/100, outside the box papers on etsy | reusable snack/sandwich bags $8 and up, ehle at lunch on etsy | panda double decker bento $24, amazon


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

Cool back to school lunchbox accessories: Thermos insulated Mandalorian FuntainerThermos Funtainer Insulated Food Jars $22, amazon


Cool lunchbox accessories for kids | back to school 2023bentgo Unicorn Ice Packs $9.99/4-pack, amazon | reusable cloth napkins $20/12-pack, marley’s monsters | monster bag clips $9/6, amazon | personalized lunchbox labels prices vary, mabel’s labels | fun bites fun shape sandwich cutters set $9.99/ea or $23.99/set of 3, amazon


Zoku kawaii lunchbox utensil sets for kids : cool back to school lunch accessorieszoku kids kawaii pocket utensil sets, $15.99, amazon

Stasher reusable sandwich and snack bags are made from silicone and are AMAZING!atasher reusable silicone sandwich and snack bags, $9.99/single bag to $78 for giant bundles, amazon
(currently 30% off many styles!)

Related: 4 of the best plastic bag alternatives to help us save money and the planet

Twist n Eat burrito holder: Fun lunch accessories for back to schooltwist n eat burrito holder, $40, uncommon coods


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