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 & Partners Children's Unicorn Lunch Bag, £12, John Lewis
Dinosaur 3D Lunchbag, £16.95, Gap
Spotty N Stripy personalised retro lunchbox, more designs available, £24, Not on the High Street
Spider-Man Lunch Bag, £12.95, Disney Store
Frozen 2 Lunch Bag, £12.95, Disney Store
Kids’ Space Lunch Box Bag, £14, Marks & Spencer
Minecraft lunch box, £11.99, Amazon
Shop lunch bags and bento boxes for teens
Nike Fuel Pack lunch bag, more colours available, £21.95, Nike
Orla Kiely Butterfly Stem Bamboo 2 Tier Lunch Box, £25, Amara
Thermos Lunch Bag, £12, John Lewis
Jansport Big Break Insulated Lunch Bag in Finish Line, more prints available, from £24.83, Amazon
Shop Bento boxes for kids
Acokki Lunch Box for Kids, £16.99, Amazon
Fun Life bento snack set, £11.99, Amazon
Sistema Lunch Snack containers, more colours available, £3.99, Amazon
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
Skip Hop insulated food jar, £18, Jojo Maman Bebe
Thermos FUNtainer Food Flask in pink, more colours available, £12.69, Amazon
Shop water bottles for kids
Football themed Thermos bottle, more themes & colours available, £13.63, Amazon
Hendog designs personalised kids water bottle, £14.50, Not on the High Street
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