The school cafeteria is as much a fashion show as it is a place to eat. Kids love expressing their style on lunch boxes, water bottles and other essential gear. We’ve rounded up 8 popular trends for fall, just in time for back-to-school shopping. Ranging from cute to hip to practical, these stylish lunch bags are the perfect way to tote a delicious and nutritious lunch.
Contain Your Food
Bento box-style lunch containers are super cute and practical too. Parents can include a variety of different foods and they’re perfect for picky eaters who don’t like their food to touch. H Mart, the Korean grocery store with multiple New Jersey locations, offers a few colorful options, including this bright 2-tier lunch box.
Where to Buy: H Mart
Unicorns are all the rage right now. From decadent desserts to unicorn poop slime, these mythical creatures are everywhere you look. Skip Hop offers this adorable insulated lunch bag with a roomy main compartment and interior mesh pocket for an ice pack or utensils. Perfect for toddlers, it can be coordinated with Skip Hop’s matching backpack and water bottle too.
Where to Buy: Amazon
Old School Metal, New School Features
Metal lunchboxes used to be the “it” thing back in the day. Now, they’re back with a new spin. Planet Box sells modern lunch boxes with a metallic finish and optional, decorative magnets. The lunch boxes can be purchased on their own or as part of all-in-one kits including lunch boxes, magnets, bags and water bottles.
Where to Buy: Planet Box
Price: $39.95 & up
Emojis are still huge with the younger crowd. They just can’t get enough of those smiley faces, which you’ll find on backpacks, clothing, hair accessories and more. Bring a smile to your kid’s face with this insulated lunch box featuring adorable emoji faces. It’s bright, roomy and super affordable too.
Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Does your child go crazy for shiny objects? Then you’re in luck since back-to-school gear this fall features plenty of metallics, sequins and glitter. This Bari Lynn studded hologram lunch bag from Englewood’s Pumpkin & Bean definitely fits the bill. It’s totally rock star!
Where to Buy: Pumpkin & Bean
Shark Week may be over but the fascination carries on. For back to school, you’ll find many clothes and accessories emblazoned with these sea creatures. This shark camo lunch box kit includes an insulated lunch bag and complete bento box set. The side mesh pocket fits a standard size water bottle.
Where to Buy: Bentology
Mmm, donuts! This lunch bag may look good enough to eat but it’s actually a handy way to cart kids’ lunches to school. The tote is insulated to keep food fresh and opens wide for easy packing and unpacking. There’s plenty of room inside for a sandwich, fruit and maybe even a donut treat.
Where to Buy: Smoko
Got a kid who’s obsessed with Elsa or bonkers for Star Wars? These American Tourister lunch totes feature popular Disney characters and a handy 2-compartment design. They’re roomy, durable and easy to clean. Choose from Star Wars, Frozen or Cars characters.
Where to Buy: Office Depot