Whether you’re bringing your lunch every day because you’re watching your health or your budget, a good lunch bag can make all the difference in your follow-through. Anyone who has brought their lunch from home can tell you: the process can go terribly wrong if your bag is too big, too small, or doesn’t keep your food at the optimal temperature as promised. It’s probably worth noting that uninspiring lunch boxes don’t help either. So, if you’re looking to breathe some life back into your lunch experience, we’ve pulled together some great options. Ahead you’ll find a list that’s chock full of the 18 best lunch boxes for teachers. 

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1. Careteilly Neoprene Lunch Bag

Neoprene Lunch Bag

This neoprene lunch bag comes with a separate water bottle sleeve so your beverage doesn’t take up precious real estate where your lunch should be. With a long shoulder strap, this lunch bag is both stylish and functional. Not only does it keep your hands free, but it’s insulated, generously sized to meet the day’s needs, and it’s machine washable and dryer friendly to boot. Choose from six colors. 

2. Tiblue Insulated Lunch Bag for Women/Men 

Insulated Lunch Bag

Made with 300 denier polyester and durable oxford fabric, this lunch bag is leakproof, waterproof, and abrasion-resistant. What’s more, it’s triple-insulated to keep your food cold (or warm) and fresh for hours. To give you an idea of the size, this lunch bag can hold up to twelve 12-oz. cans, and it’s loaded with tons of pockets and compartments so you can keep all of the essentials (keys, phones, cords) close at hand. Choose from eleven colors. 

3. Monstina Lunch Bag Tote

This lunch bag tote is essentially two bags in one, so you can carry your lunch and personal items without the “luggage chic” look. Large enough to accommodate ten 12-ounce cans, this tote bag is also leakproof and insulated. Even better, it’s equipped with a USB charging port, so you can keep your devices powered up. 

4. EasyFun Lunch Bags

EasyFun Lunch Bags

Made with durable oxford fabric, this lunch bag is a sharp take on boring lunch boxes. This bag is waterproof, insulated, and generously sized so it can store your meals and snacks for the day and keep them fresh for six to eight hours. Two small front pockets also keep your essentials handy. Choose from twelve fabulous colors. 

5. Umami Premium Bento Lunch Box 

Bento Box

These bento boxes are a sleek alternative to the brown bag. This set features two boxes with leakproof silicone seals, two movable dividers, a sauce container, and a three-piece cutlery set. Choose from an assortment of colors and sizes. 

6. Rockland Guard Insulated Meal Prep Bag Cooler

Insulated Meal Prep Bag

For next-level meal prep, you may want to give this insulated cooler a go. This bag has separate compartments to keep warm foods warm and cold meals cold. Not to mention, there are plenty of pockets, so there’s a place for everything, and everything stays in place. Plus, a sturdy shoulder strap and carrying handle make it easy enough to grab and go. Choose between black, blue, and gray. 

7. Insulated Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag

Insulated Lunch Bag

An adjustable leather handle and waxed canvas give this bag a vintage feel, making it still a stylish way to get lunch to your desk every day. Not only is this lunch bag is insulated, waterproof, and spacious (it can hold up to 11 pounds), but it also comes with an adjustable and detachable strap so you can toss it over your shoulder when you need to. 

8. Mier Adult Lunch Box

Purple Lunch Box

This lunch box features two compartments (top and bottom), and it’s great for separating warm and cold items or wet and dry items. This lunch box is leakproof, and the insulated liner will keep your food at an optimal temperature for hours. While the top handle is easy enough for carrying, this bag also comes with a detachable shoulder strap if you prefer to keep your hands-free. Choose from an assortment of sizes and colors. 

9. Lokass Lunch Bags

Lunch bag

This insulated lunch bag is suitable for either hot or cold foods, keeping each at an appropriate temperature for up to six hours. This bag is large enough to hold about three meals, the nylon outer fabric is water-resistant, and the foam lining gives it some structure.  Choose from a variety of colors and patterns. 

10. Mazforce Lunch Box

Zippered container

This lunch box features ultra-thick foam core insulation, plus it’s waterproof and leak-proof. What’s more, this bag has a ton of pockets and storage, and an operational buckle gives you plenty of flexibility to attach this lunch box to your other bags. Choose from 21 dynamite colors. 

11. Kipbelif Insulated Lunch Bag

Lunch tote

This lunch bag is 100% leak-proof, and courtesy of the aluminum foil lining, it will keep your food warm or cold for up to twelve hours. With the snap of a button, you can extend the size, increasing its capacity and the zippered outer pocket allows for easy access to your cellphone and keys. 

12. Scorlia Insulated Lunch Bag

Food backpack

When you’re toting around anything, flexibility is key, and this lunch bag offers plenty of it. Use it as a shoulder bag, a hand carry, or a backpack.  An insulated aluminum foil liner keeps your food warm (or cold) for up to 8 hours, and it’s roomy enough for extra snacks. Even better, there’s plenty of pockets for water bottles and umbrellas, not to mention zippered pockets for keys, cash, or phones. Choose between gray or black. 

13. Cilla Insulated Lunch Bag

Cellphone lunch box

Made from durable polyester, this lunch bag is both leakproof and insulted, so you can bet that it will keep your lunch at an optimal temperature and peak freshness. To sweeten the deal, it also features a clear front pocket that’s perfect for your cellphone and easy viewing and access. Choose from seven colors. 

14. CCidea Store Lunch Bag

Insulated bags

With a Velcro closure and double handles, this bag keeps it simple. The cotton mat insulation layer and aluminum foil lining keep your lunch cold or warm for hours, and it’s made from durable cationic cloth, so it’ll probably take you well into the next school year. Choose from several colors and fun prints.

15. Gloppie Small Lunch Bag

Portable food container

If big and bulky lunch bags aren’t your thing, try this small lunch bag on for size. This bag is great for small meals, snacks, and even some utensils. No fuss, no muss. Choose from five colors. 

16. Kate Spade New York Lunch Tote

Adorable out-to-lunch bag

If you’re looking to treat yourself to something pretty, this lunch tote by Kate Spade might be the ticket. With feminine details like gold bows and an adorable polka-dot pattern, this lunch box makes a lovely little splurge. The insulated lining keeps food fresh, and there’s plenty of room for lunch, snacks, and small personal items. 

17. Fit & Fresh Insulated Laketown Lunch Bag

Lunch bag and kit

This lunch bag kit includes all of the necessities for taking your lunch to work, including sandwich and snack containers with lids and a stainless steel water bottle. The top handles are long enough to carry over your shoulders, and the side pocket is generously sized, so it will easily accommodate larger water bottles. Choose from nine colors.

18. WorthBuy Bento Lunch Box

Bento box canister

This bento lunch box is ideal for carrying soups and sauces, and with its unique design, it’s anything but boring. Each set comes with four layers, all of which are equipped with a screw top locking system that creates an airtight seal. Use all four layers or just what you need; the possibilities are endless. What’s more, this bento set is double-walled and vacuum insulated, so it will keep your food cold for up to 3 hours or hot for up to 2 hours. Plus, it comes with an insulated felt and foil bag to help you tote it all around with ease. Choose from six colors. 

Lunch Box Accessories

19. Reusable Food Storage Bags

Reusable lunch bags

Grab a set of these reusable food storage bags and stop stressing about your carbon footprint. These bags are made from food-grade PEVA material, and an expandable base keeps them upright. Each set comes with six leakproof freezer bags (3 sandwich bags and three snack bags). 

20. Fit + Fresh Cool Coolers Slim Ice Packs

Ice packs

Bulky ice packs are yesterday’s news, not to mention they take up a lot of space where your chocolate food should be. So try these slim ice packs instead. These ice packs work for a wide variety of lunch boxes and bags, and for extra cooling power, pop them in the freezer the night before.

21. OXO Good Grips On-the-Go Lunch Container

Reusable lunch container

When ham and cheese sandwiches feel a bit uninspiring, this on-the-go lunch container can help you jazz up your lunch menu. This container features two containers to keep foods separate, silicone gaskets that prevent leaks and spills, and they’re microwave and dishwasher safe to boot. 

22. YINGGG Squeeze Portable Salad Dressing Container

Salas dressing containers

With these silicone salad dressing containers, you can now take salads for lunch—sorry. Sold in a set of four, these containers are made from food-grade silicone, and they’re leakproof, so there’s no need to worry. What’s more, each bottle has a wide mouth for easy filling, and valve controls let you control the flow rate. 

23. Devico Portable Utensils

Reusable utensils

Sometimes plastic cutlery just doesn’t cut it—see what I did there? This chic set of portable utensils includes a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, straight straw, bent straw, and a straw cleaning brush, and it’s all wrapped up in a handsome carrying case. These utensils are made of food-grade stainless steel; they’re lightweight and available in a variety of elegant (and a few fun) colors.  

24. Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Containers

Rubbermaid lunch containers

These Rubbermaid containers are leakproof and completely clear, so it’s easy enough to grab leftovers from your fridge and toss them into your lunch box. These containers are stain-resistant and safe for both the dishwasher and microwave. 

25. Stasher 100% Silicone Food Grade Reusable Storage Bag

Microwave safe containers

Unlike plastic bags, these silicone food storage bags are microwave, freezer, and even oven safe. The pinch-loc seal technology keeps foods fresh and contained, and clean up is as easy as tossing it in the dishwasher at the end of the day. 

And, there you have it, folks, 20 of the best lunch boxes for teachers (and a few accessories). Lunch doesn’t have to be boring, so kick things up a notch with a lunch box that inspires you. Next up, how to fit an entire chocolate cake in your lunch box—just kidding. 

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