1. Solvetta Flatbox Lunch Bag ($20)

This soft-sided lunch bag unzips to become a placemat, making it perfect for field trips, picnics, and dirty school-cafeteria tables. It's made from machine-washable neoprene and comes in six different colors. Buy it at Amazon.

2. Packit Freezable Lunch Bag ($25)

Filled with a freezable gel, the Packit eliminates the need for ice packs, but it still folds into a compact bundle when empty. It can keep food and drinks cool for hours, and it comes in 20 colorful patterns. Buy it at Amazon.

3. L.L. Bean Lunch Box ($20)

Great for children or adults, L.L. Bean's reliable rectangle is insulated, capacious, and easy to clean. It has an interior pocket for a freezer pack and is available in eight solid colors and various fun patterns, including a kid-friendly dinosaur motif. Buy it at L.L. Bean.

4. Bentgo Kids Lunch Box ($28)

Inspired by Japanese bento boxes, this dishwasher-safe lunch box makes balanced meals fun. The largest compartment is perfect for a half-sandwich or a salad. Fill the others with cut fruit, carrot sticks, even yogurt. Buy it at Amazon.

5. Takenaka Double Bento Box ($38)

You'll be the envy of the office when you pull out this Japanese-made bento box. It has a nifty hiding spot for a fork, and its leak-proof microwavable sections lock together with sturdy side clasps. Available in a rainbow of colors. Buy it at Amazon.

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