The Great School Lunch Box Guide

  • Preschoolers
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By: Alex Harmon and Melissa Fine, ellaslist
Dec 10, 2018 

Buying a lunchbox. Who knew it was akin to buying a car? There are so many features, designs, compartments, contraptions, safety guidelines and so many different opinions by those who have road tested them! I am a little bit nervous for when my son starts big school. Is there such a thing as lunchbox envy? After researching this guide and finding out all the awesome lunchboxes out there, I feel like there must be!

Here are some of the coolest lunchboxes we've seen on the market... 

Stuck On You Personalised Bento Lunch Boxes

Your little one will never mix up their lunch box with someone else's again thanks to Stuck On You's labelling feature - add your child's name and choose a colour and one of the fun or cool designs before placing your order. Dishwasher safe and we love the six labelled compartments, including a leak-proof space for yoghurt or dip. 
RRP: $49.95


Source: Love Mae 

Love Mae Bento Lunch Box 

Not only is it non-toxic (free from BPA, PVC, Phthalates and metals), this bento is pretty and practical! Dishwasher-friendly, the leak-proof lid and two leak-proof small inner containers (who needs cling wrap?) will make sure your little one's lunch doesn't land up all over their school bag. A purpose-built cooler bag with an ice brick can be purchased separately as an add on in a number of gorgeous designs that the kids will love. It's 100% recyclable too (only once it's worn out from daily use, that is!). 
RRP: from $42.95


Source: Hello Green 

Sustain-a-Stacker Lunch Box 

Your 3-in-1 lunch box, with two stackable levels and an oblong container (perfect for hummus) that fits inside the second layer. Dishwasher-friendly and made with super durable food-grade stainless steel that won't leech, it's non-toxic and a great choice if you're after something plastic-free. 

RRP: $43.95


Little Lunchbox Co

Created by an Aussie mother of two, these lunchboxes are practical yet still aesthetically appealing to kids with bright colours and bold designs. The Bento boxes use BPA-free plastic and can securely hold foods such as fruit, veggies, crackers and yogurt can all be packed side by side without the risk of spoiling. Plus they are so cute!
RRP: from $42.95


Fuel Bento Lunch Box

It's not as "cutesy" as other lunchboxes but packs a punch in the practicality stakes. The BPA-free box has two removable inner containers that can be used separately. One is plain and the other divided into 3 different compartments, with different sizes and shapes. So you can pack a mixed lunch and divided compartments mean the flavors won’t run into each other. 
RRP: $25


Planet Box Shuttle

This cool, stainless steel, space themed bento box will be the talk of the playground. Stainless steel is the safe, non-toxic alternative to plastic and makes clean up a breeze. Individual compartments ensure that foods don't touch each other and that lunch arrives looking in tact and tasty!
RRP: from $39.95


Smash Nude Food Movers Rubbish Free Lunchbox

For those of you who think spending a lot of money on a lunchbox is a joke! These cheap but effective food movers are designed to reduce waste with a space for everything to eliminate the need for portion packing and wrapping. There are three separate storage compartments, with two removable leak proof containers so you can mix and match your healthy food combinations. The eco-friendly and wallet-friendly choice! 
RRP: $14.20 


Lunchbot Quad

Another stylish looking stainless steel lunchbox with four compartments that promotes waste free lunches. You can get them with or without a protective, colourful cover.  They are easy to clean, easy to open, sturdy and won't rust or stain. Only downside is they aren't watertight, so it works best with your 'dry' snacks. 
RRP: From $38.75

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