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 2023 –
The coolest lunch box accessories for back to school
above and at top: zoku kids kawaii shark utensil set
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reusable drink in the box container, $14.00 on amazon in lots of colors
lifefactory 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
S’Well kids food canister set | $34 on sale, S’Well
lunchbots duo bento containers $32.99, amazon
s’well 17 oz insulated water bottle $28, amazon | personalized reusable snack bags $21.99/4 the everyday green on Etsy | 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, Elle at Lunch | panda double decker bento $24, amazon
Thermos Funtainer Insulated Food Jars $22.99, amazon
bentgo 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 kids kawaii pocket utensil sets, $15.99, amazon
atasher reusable silicone sandwich and snack bags, $9.99/single bag to $78 for giant bundles, amazon
(currently 30% off many styles!)
twist n eat burrito holder, $40, uncommon coods
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– Setting up a study space at home: Tips to make it one your kid will actually use
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