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Hey, quick question: Who ever decided it was a good idea to give a kid an entire day’s worth of food in a measly brown paper bag? Spills, rips, lukewarm yogurt…we wouldn’t settle for it, so why should they? We asked eight real life parents for their lunch box suggestions. (No word yet on how to actually get your kid to eat the food inside.) 

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planet box lunch box
PLanet Box

PlanetBox Rover Stainless Steel Lunchbox

“I love these stainless steel tray lunchboxes—they come with magnets the kids can play with. Also the compartments in the trays mean I have to fill them all, so I can't slack and not add a fresh vegetable or sliced fruit every day.” —Dana D.

Buy It ($60)

pottery barn lunch box
Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Mackenzie Navy Pink Multi Hearts Lunch Box

“We always personalize my daughter’s lunchbox as everyone’s gets stored together and we don't need any confusion. I try to go with a dark color, because they get so dirty!” —Dabee K.

Buy It ($24)

Perry Mackin Charlie Lunch Bag
Macys

Perry Mackin Charlie Lunch Bag

“I love that this bag is spacious enough for lunch, snacks and a drink without adding extra bulk to my kids’ already book-heavy backpack.” —Karen L.

Buy It ($24)

Wildkin Paisley Lunch Bag
Macys

Wildkin Paisley Lunch Bag

“The upright design of this lunch bag ensures containers don’t spill or leak. Plus, it comes in comes in so many fun patterns and it folds flat for easy storage on weekends.” —Lisa F.

Buy It ($18)

Skip Hop Little Boys   Girls Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag
Macys

Skip Hop Little Boys & Girls Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag

“If you want to be sure that your kid never loses his lunch box, get him a matching backpack so everyone can easily identify it as his.” —Joe C.

Buy It ($15)

Picnic Time Oniva by Anthology Collection Pranzo Lunch Tote
Macys

Picnic Time Oniva by Anthology Collection Pranzo Lunch Tote

“OK I might not send my kid to school with this giant lunch tote every day, but it comes in handy when we go on weekend adventures with her friends. It can easily store a few sandwiches and snacks so we don’t have to remember multiple bags.” —Allison W.

Buy It ($51)

flatbox lunch bag
Amazon

FlatBox DrinX Placemat Lunch Bag

“I’ll admit I’m a bit of a germophobe, and this lunch sack opens up to a place mat. Having that extra barrier against germs puts my mind at ease (whether or not my little guy actually uses it—just don’t tell me).” —Stephanie P.

Buy It ($20)

Corkcicle Lunch Box Baldwin Boxer
Amazon

Corkcicle Lunch Box Baldwin Boxer

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more stylish lunch bag. It’s made of vegan leather, has a food-safe interior (aka it has heat-sealed inner seams and simply wipes clean with water) and even features an adjustable strap on top to conveniently hold the kids’ water bottle. I loved it so much I finally bought one for myself, too.” — Cait K.

Buy It ($40)

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