back to school lunch boxes guide 2

15 best lunch boxes for kids going back to school in September

Kids and parents will both love these bento boxes, lunch boxes and container sets

Karen Silas

With children set to return to the classroom this autumn after the spring lockdown, we’re making room on our to-do list for back to school shopping – including new lunch boxes, which are included in the list of 'essentials' provided in the Government's official guidance for school openings, which was updated on 7 August.

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The guidelines recommend that students limit what they bring to school to just the school items that are absolutely necessary, including bags, hats, coats, books, stationery, mobile phones and lunch boxes. Bento boxes, container sets and lunch bags will no doubt be a common sight (we especially love personalised ones!) although school kitchens are expected to be open as long as they comply with legal requirements applying to the provision of food to pupils. 

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As our children adjust to the 'new normal’, a fun lunch box can play a key part in adding some joy and normalcy to daily life. Of course, parents will be looking for lunch boxes that are compact and efficient, too. And it's not just limited to lunch boxes – bento boxes and container sets with compartments are perfect to keep each lunch item sealed and separated. Depending on the size, these types of handy snack and meal containers can be easily packed into lunch boxes or tucked into a school bag.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a handy edit of school-ready lunch boxes, from cute picks for young children to cool ones for teens, that your kids will love and you will, too. So get ready for back to school!

Shop fun lunch boxes for kids

john lewis unicorn lunch bag

John Lewis & Partners Children's Unicorn Lunch Bag, £12, John Lewis

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gap dino lunch bag 2

Dinosaur 3D Lunchbag, £16.95, Gap

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personalised lunch box

Spotty N Stripy personalised retro lunchbox, more designs available, £24, Not on the High Street

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spiderman lunch bag

Spider-Man Lunch Bag, £12.95, Disney Store

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  frozen 2 lunch bag

Frozen 2 Lunch Bag, £12.95, Disney Store

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m and s galaxy lunch box

Kids’ Space Lunch Box Bag, £14, Marks & Spencer

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minecraft lunch box

Minecraft lunch box, £11.99, Amazon

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Shop lunch bags and bento boxes for teens

nike-fuel-pack-lunch-bag

Nike Fuel Pack lunch bag, more colours available, £21.95, Nike

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orla kiely lunch box

Orla Kiely Butterfly Stem Bamboo 2 Tier Lunch Box, £25, Amara

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thermos lunch bag

Thermos Lunch Bag, £12, John Lewis

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jansport lunch bag

Jansport Big Break Insulated Lunch Bag in Finish Line, more prints available, from £24.83, Amazon

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Shop Bento boxes for kids

amazon bento box for kids

Acokki Lunch Box for Kids, £16.99, Amazon

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fun life bento lunch box

Fun Life bento snack set, £11.99, Amazon

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sistema snack container

Sistema Lunch Snack containers, more colours available, £3.99, Amazon

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 Of course, lunch isn't just about boxes! Complete your child's handy meal set with insulated jars and water bottles that a great for kids.

Shop insulated food flasks for kids

lunch thermos jojo maman

Skip Hop insulated food jar, £18, Jojo Maman Bebe

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thermos food flask pink

Thermos FUNtainer Food Flask in pink, more colours available, £12.69, Amazon

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Shop water bottles for kids

straw bottle football

Football themed Thermos bottle, more themes & colours available, £13.63, Amazon

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personalised kids water bottle

Hendog designs personalised kids water bottle, £14.50, Not on the High Street

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