2021 Guide to Choosing the Best School Lunch Box For Kids and Teens

The ultimate guide to picking the perfect school lunch box, lunch bag, and drink bottle for your child in 2021 – plus they’re all available from the one online shop www.organisedhq.com.au!

Choosing a lunch box can be overwhelming to say the least! There are many different varieties, styles and sizes of lunch boxes to choose from, not to mention different materials. We all want to pick a non-toxic lunch box that won’t harm our children, whilst also ensuring it’s easy to clean, then comes the challenge of finding an insulated bag to fit the lunch box and accessories in. With so many different lunch boxes on the market to consider, I hope my guide below will help you pick one that ticks all your boxes… plus I’m super excited to say that all these lunchboxes are available in my online shop, including my favourite lunchboxes (pictured below) that I’ve been using for years!

2021 Guide to choosing the best lunchboxI’ve noticed over the last couple of years that the lunch boxes we stocked in our online shop are incredibly popular! So in a bid to make your back-to-school planning even easier this year, I have literally turned Organised HQ into a one-stop-shop for all your school lunch needs! Now you can choose from all my favourite lunch boxes, lunch bags, water bottles, and lunch accessories (as featured in this blog) and pay only one postage fee – plus there’s the option of AfterPay if needed. As always thank you for your support, and happy shopping…back to school needs 2021

What to look for in a lunch box:

  • BPA-Free – The lunch box should be safe to store food inside
  • Stay Fresh – A box that will seal and keep an unwrapped item fresh
  • Easy to Clean – I prefer one lid for the lunch box, easy to clean and store when drying
  • Size – It’s not too big to fit into the kid’s school bag, and doesn’t take up most of the space
  • Sections – Separate spaces to place different foods
  • Perfect Portions – Sections that are big enough for the amount of food your child will eat
  • Reusable – Save the environment and your pocket by not using plastic cling wrap
  • Dishwasher safe – For those days you don’t have time to hand wash
  • Easy to store – not too bulky to store when not in use
  • Machine washable – lunch bags that can easily be washed in the washing machine

I personally prefer lunch boxes that seal tight and keep an unwrapped sandwich fresh. They are more eco-friendly as they eliminate unnecessary waste, plastic wrap that isn’t environmentally friendly, and the extra dollars that are associated with using these plastic one-use products.

A few kids – especially those that are a little fussy – might like to graze on a variety of foods. For these children, the bento style boxes and accessories are very clever at making the food fun and exciting.

How Big A Lunch Box Do I Buy?

This really depends on how much your child eats. I would suggest getting a lunch box larger than you think you need, because as your child grows they will be wanting to eat more. I typically make sure the lunch box is big enough to fit a sandwich, fruit and snacks in.

I have taken photos of all our lunchboxes below with food inside to show you how much they can store.  There are a great range of lunchboxes for younger children and teens.

Is One Lunch Box Enough?

This depends on a few factors. Consider:

  • Will the lunchbox fit both lunch and morning tea in the one box? If not, you may need some snack boxes along with the lunch box.
  • How much does your child like to eat? I know my son would eat more than my girls at school so I would generally pack him an extra snack box with his lunch. If you need to do this, consider the lunch bag you choose to ensure it can fit two lunchboxes.
  • Do you want to prepare a few days worth of lunches in advance? If you want to pack lunches and freeze them, there are some lunch boxes that are freezer friendly.

Waste free school lunchboxes for 2021

Do I Need An Insulated Lunch Bag?

Simple answer is YES, even on the coolest of days I still get my kids to pack an ice brick alongside their lunch boxes inside a lunch bag to keep their sandwiches and fruit fresh. Throughout the school day their school bags can end up in bag racks and lockers that are in full sun. The insulated bag and ice brick will help to keep all the food in the lunch box as fresh as can be. Even when using an insulated lunch bag the frozen baked goodies I place into the kids lunchboxes are still defrosted by morning tea.

Lunch bag pictured below available here.

Montiico lunchbag for school lunches

What To Pack In The Lunch Box?

You can find some ideas in these posts below.

LUNCH BOX RECIPES COOKBOOK – Lunches made easy, healthy and affordable with my Lunch Box Recipes Cookbook. Now the whole family – not just the school kids – can quickly grab a tasty sandwich alternative (sweet or savoury) straight from the freezer each morning. The cookbook includes over 50 freezer-friendly recipes that make for perfect no-fridge, no-heat lunches ideal for school, work, or even picnics! View cookbook here.

lunch box ideas for back to schoolCREATE A WEEKLY LUNCH BOX PLAN – Take the stress out of lunch packing with my easy-to-use Lunch Box Planner Pad that comes delivered direct to your door, ready for hassle free lunch box prep. Lunch Box Planner Pad pictured below available here.

Lunch box planner pad to organise school lunches


My Recommended Lunch Boxes For Kids

If you want your child’s school lunchbox to last all year, then it pays to get a good quality lunch box that can withstand the wear and tear of a school day. Remember you also want a lunch box, lunch bag, and water bottle that are easy for you to wash and pack each day. Here is a selection of some great lunch boxes that I recommend, as well as compatible lunch bags and accessories that you could team them with. All of these are available online!

  FULL RANGE: View our full range of Lunch Boxes here.


THE DESKAH COLLECTION – 3 COMPARTMENT LUNCHBOX

These are the lunchboxes my kids, hubby and I use! They are a great way to create a waste-free lunch for the kids. They come in a set of 5 with 5 different coloured lids. They have 3 very generously sized sections, a large section is big enough for a sandwich, smaller section will fit 2-3 biscuits or one muffin and the smallest is great for snacks and diced fruit. They are BPA, lead, vinyl and PVC free, however they are not leak-proof so I wouldn’t put yoghurt or watermelon into these lunchboxes.

  • Multi-pack: A pack of five lunchboxes
  • Sections: 3
  • Dimensions: 5.5cm x 15.5cm x 23.7cm (13.5cm x 12.5cm, 7.5cm x 7.5cm, 7.5cm x 5.5cm)
  • Capacity: Large section – The inside of the largest compartment is approx 13.5cm x 12.5cm. An oversize sandwich will fit. Smaller section – will fit 3 biscuits or one muffin – Smallest section- perfect for small snacks and diced fruit.
  • Colours: Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple lids
  • Set: 5 lids and bottoms per pack
  • Leakproof: No
  • BPA Free: BPA, Lead, Vinyl and PVC Free
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: Yes
  • Freezer Safe: Yes
  • Suitable Insulated Lunchbag: All listed below.
Rubbish free school lunchbox

THE DESKAH COLLECTION – 4 COMPARTMENT SNACK BOX

This is the perfect bento-style lunchbox for a child (or adult!) who likes a lot of variety for lunch or morning tea. The four compartments are perfect for dip, biscuits, carrot sticks and a boiled egg, or mix it up with some mini muffins, a baby quiche and some dipping sauce – the options are near endless! These 4 Compartment Lunchboxes tick all the right boxes – they are compact, stackable, reusable and BPA free, plus they’re safe to use in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher!

  • Multi-pack: A pack of five snack boxes
  • Sections: 4
  • Dimensions: 6cm x 15cm x 18cm (each section 6.5cm x 6.5cm)
  • Colours: Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple lids
  • Leakproof: No
  • BPA Free: BPA, Lead, Vinyl and PVC Free
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: Yes
  • Freezer Safe: Yes
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below.
Bento snack box for school

Sachi 4 Compartment Bento Lunch Box

The Sachi 4 compartment bento lunchbox has a removable compartment which is perfect for easy cleaning. You can fit a sandwich in the main section plus there are three smaller snack spaces. They’d be ideal for a dip and a few veggie sticks and they’re completely leakproof!

The lunchbox comes in a range of colours and cute patterns so every child will find one that appeals to them.

  • Sections: 4
  • Dimensions: 21.5 x 16 x 4.5cm
  • Capacity: 800ml
  • Colours: A great range for both boys and girls
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: dishwasher safe
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = Sachi, Project Ten, MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae

Bento lunchbox for kids school lunches

Little Lunchbox Co Lunchboxes – Bento Five

This bento box lunchbox allows you to pack endless combinations of nutritious food that will look appetising by using different textures and colour combinations. Pack balanced meals with ease when using the Bento Five which has one compartment for each of the five food groups. Pack a wrap next to wet foods such as yoghurt, dips or fruit without the risk of spoiling.

As you can see in the photo below it stores a lot of food, great for a child that likes to snack on a variety of foods, rather than eat a sandwich.

  • Sections: 5
  • Dimensions: 17.5cm x 17.5cm x 5.6cm
  • Capacity: 980ml
  • Colours: A great range for both boys and girls
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: dishwasher safe (top rack – low temperature).
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae, Sachi, Project Ten

Little Lunch Box Co lunch box for school

Little Lunchbox Co Lunchboxes – Bento Three

This is a great lunchbox to pack not only for kids but adults too, I use this for work.  Adding into the top two smaller section some fruit and snacks and then I make a salad placing it in the bigger section.  It’s leakproof too so you don’t have to worry about spilling your fruit into other sections.  The Bento Three lunchbox which will fit a sandwich comfortably.

  • Sections: 3
  • Dimensions: 17.5cm x 17.5cm x 5.6cm
  • Capacity: 980ml
  • Colours: A great range for both boys and girls
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: dishwasher safe (top rack – low temperature).
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae, Sachi, Project Ten

blue lunchbox bento style by little lunchbox co

Little Lunchbox Co Lunchboxes – Bento Two

The Bento Two is the great little size for either snacks, children who don’t have big appetites or perfect for school kids that Munch and Crunch / after school care snacks.  Its compact size makes it easy to pack when you are on the move.

  • Sections: 2
  • Dimensions:12.3cm x 12.9cm x 5.6cm
  • Capacity: 500ml
  • Colours: A great range for both boys and girls
  • Leakproof: No
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae, Sachi + PackIt

Bento Little Lunchbox Co bento box for school

Love Mae Lunch Box

These Love Mae lunchboxes can fit so much food in them! They are very similar to the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus Lunch Boxes, the added difference with Love Mae lunch box is they have super cute designs and that it comes with two mini containers that fit inside the lunchbox, despite the lunchbox being leakproof you have the added peace of mind that adding juicy fruits or yoghurt to the containers they won’t spill onto the other food in the lunchbox. The image below gives you a good indication of how big food fits into this container.

  • Sections: 4
  • Dimensions: 30cm x 14.5cm x 5.5cm
  • Colours: Pink, Green, Yellow and Blue
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • BPA Free: Free from BPA and phthalates
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag: Love Mae has created a cooler bag that fits the lunchbox in perfectly, however you won’t be able to add any other containers into this lunch bag, view them here. The MontiiCo Lunch Bags fit this lunch box with room left over.

Love Mae lunchbox for kids school lunches

PACKIT BENTO SNACK BOX

I really love this style of snack box.  It comes with a divider, which is leak-resistant and you can even remove a divider to suit the food that you are packing – like I’ve done below. So you could keep your yoghurt and muesli separate for transportation but then remove the divider when you want to eat and mix up the food.

  • Sections: 1 but is removable and can be customised
  • Dimensions: 13cm x 13cm x 7cm
  • Colours: Clear with grey lid or mint lid
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • BPA Free: Yes,  plus shatter resistant and crystal clear
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes, top rack
  • Microwave Safe:  Yes, without lid
  • Freezer Safe: Yes
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bagPackIt + all listed below = MontiiCoFridge-to-goLove MaeSachi
Bento snack box for school

Ever Eco Bento Snack Box – 1, 2 + 3 Compartment (purchased separately)

These Bento Snack Boxes come in an option of 1, 2, or 3 compartments and make healthy snacking and meal prepping super easy, each available to be purchased separately. The 1 compartment design is great for kids school lunch snacks and light meals, whilst the handy dividers in the 2 and 3 compartment boxes allows you to easily separate snacks. They are plastic-free and ultra-durable.

  • Sections: 1, 2, or 3
  • Dimensions: 16cm x 11.5cm x 4cm
  • Colours: Stainless steel
  • Leakproof: No
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae, Sachi + PackIt

Stainless steel lunch boxes

Ever Eco Bento Lunch Box – 2 Compartment

This 2 compartment Bento Lunch Box is customisable with the removable/slide-able divider. It fits a sandwich or wrap cut in half, with plenty of space left over for sides and snacks. The silicone seal in this lunch box is great for keeping the lid secure, however, I would recommend teaming this lunch box with the leakproof mini containers if you’re wanting to send yoghurt or condiments to school.

  • Sections: 2
  • Dimensions: 21 x 16 x 6cm
  • Colours: Stainless steel
  • Leakproof: No
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae, Sachi + PackIt

Ever Eco Stackable Bento Lunch Box – 2 Tier + Mini Container

This stackable lunch box is great for kids that like variety for their school lunch, but don’t necessarily have a huge bag to take large lunch boxes. These space saving lunch boxes offer two seperate containers for food, plus a mini container perfect for a munch and crunch snack.

  • Sections: 1 section in each of the the 3 containers
  • Dimensions: 14cm x 11cm x 8cm
  • Colours: Stainless steel
  • Leakproof: No
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae, Sachi + PackIt

Ever Eco XL Stackable Bento Lunch Box – 2 Tier + Mini Container

This is perfect for the child with a growing appetite! The two XL stackable lunch boxes allow for heaps of space, which is ideal for hungry teenagers! This lunch box has non-removable side clips that can be tightened or loosened depending on personal preference, however like all the Ever Eco Bento Boxes I suggest teaming them with the leakproof mini containers if you’re wanting to send liquids to school.

  • Sections: 1 section in each of the 3 containers
  • Dimensions: 18cm x 13cm x 8cm
  • Colours: Stainless steel
  • Leakproof: No
  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Microwave Safe: No
  • Freezer Safe: No
  • Suitable Insulated Lunch bag: All listed below = MontiiCo, Fridge-to-go, Love Mae, Sachi


Insulated Lunch Bags

It’s important to get a lunch bag as well as a lunch box. The lunch bag will help to keep the food in the lunchbox cold and fresh.  There so many available, but will your chosen lunchbox fit into the lunch bag? I have included above which lunch boxes will fit into each bag to help you! Most importantly, all the bags suggested below are insulated.

  FULL RANGE: View our full range of Lunch Bags here


Fridge-To-Go + Ice Brick

The Fridge-To-Go Lunch Bag lets you pack ANY food for the day such as dairy, meat, etc and because it’s cool and fresh it is more likely to be eaten and not come home! Perfect size to use with different shaped containers and fits easily inside a backpack.  Just pop the cooing panel into the freezer (spare panels available separately ) and you will always have a fridge to go.  Give surround cooling for 8 hours.

My twins are each using this lunch bag this year.

Dimensions: 20cm x 23cm x 8cm
Icebrick: Included

MontiiCo Lunch Bag + Ice Pack

There are a large range of very cool patterns available for this MontiiCo insulated lunch bag, which fits many popular lunch boxes. The included ice pack conveniently slips into its own separate pocket, so there is no condensation in the bag, and it can be easily cleaned with a quick wipe down or by popping it in the washing machine.

Dimensions: 23.5cm x 28cm x 7.5cm
Icebrick: Included

Project Ten Insulated Lunch Bags

There are two sizes available for the Project Ten Lunch Bags.
Mini Lunch Bag – These mini insulated lunch bags are the perfect sized lunch bag for children. They can fit most available Bento Boxes or lunch containers on the market with 2 on top of each other, and also allow small to medium sized drink bottles to stand upright inside them. Like all the Project Ten lunch bags, this one comes in heaps of fun prints!
Dimensions: 19cm x 19cm x 15cm
Lunch Bag – These are the lunch bags my girls have used in the past. They are a great size, and are big enough to fit a banana on top or the side. It’s not a bulky bag (it is flimsy, but still gets 5 stars from me) so if you only have a few items in it, it won’t take up too much room in school bags. I love all the fun prints that these lunch bags come in!
Dimensions: 10cm x 30cm x 18cm
Project 10 Lunch Bags

Sachi Lunch Bag

Sachi Insulated Lunch Bags are made from durable material, have a leak proof lining and are very easy to clean! There is a big range of fun prints to suit different tastes. Plus the practical shoulder handle makes it a great option for those days your child only needs to take a lunch box somewhere.

Dimensions: Inner size: 25cm x 19cm x 11cm

kids insulated lunch bags for school

Packit Freezable Lunch Bags

This is the cleverest cooler bag as freezable gel is built into the walls of the bag. No more separate cooler bricks, you just collapse this cooler bag flat and freeze in the freezer overnight, and it will keep your food cold. It comes in a lunch bag and a snack bag size.

Dimensions: Open: 25.4cm (h) x 21.6cm (w) x 12.7cm (d)

Icebrick: The bag itself is the icebrick

Freezable cooler bag for lunches

Love Mae Cooler Bag + Ice Brick

This cooler bag fits the Love Mae lunch box perfectly and includes an ice brick that fits to the lunch bag, so is guaranteed to keep the contents cold and fresh. The only downside is that you won’t be able to fit a banana or any additional containers in this lunch bag.

Dimensions: 32.5cm x 18.5cm x 7.5cm
Icebrick: Included

love mae insulated lunch bag


Insulated Drink Bottles

A good quality water bottle should last you the whole year – if not much longer – and an insulated water bottle is a great ideas as it will help keep your child’s water cool throughout the day.

  FULL RANGE: View our full range of Drink Bottles here


MontiiCo Drink Bottle – Original – 600ml

This is a good staple water bottle that is incredibly durable. This one comes with a bamboo screw lid, but the Sports Lid can be purchased separately if your child prefers. The Sports Lid is great for younger children.

Dimensions: 25 x 7cm


Ever Eco Drink Bottle – 750ml

A gorgeous drink bottle for the more mature child who is wanting something stylish and chic that can keep cold drinks cold, and hot drinks hot. The powder-coated finish is lovely and durable too! Available in a variety of colours.

Dimensions:


Watermate Drink Bottle – 550ml + 950ml

The Watermate water bottle features double wall stainless steel insulation, is fully durable, condensation-free, and keeps water cold for up to 24 hours.

Dimensions:


Lunchbox Accessories

Check out these practical and fun lunch box accessories that will have you covered for extra yoghurt containers, travel cutlery, and even fun lunch box notes or sandwich cutters.

  FULL RANGE: View our full range of Lunch Box Accessories here


Ever Eco – Mini Containers – Set Of 3

These practical mini stainless steel containers with leak-proof silicone lids are the perfect addition for your child’s lunchboxes for dips, dressings, sauces, yoghurt or sultanas.


Ever Eco – Round Containers – Set Of 3

These handy round stainless steel containers with leak-proof silicone lids are ideal to use alone or inside a lunchbox to separate food. With three different sizes, you will always have the perfect container on hand for snacks, left-overs, salad dressings, sauces and more.


MontiiCo – Lunch Box Notes

Add an element of fun to your kid’s lunch bag with these notes that let the kids know you’re thinking about them. They seamlessly pop into the MontiiCo lunch bags, but would be a nice addition to any lunch bag you choose.


Ever Eco – Bamboo Spork

This reusable all-in-one bamboo spork is prefect for the popping in your teenagers lunch box for school.


Retro Kitchen – Carry Your Cutlery

This adorable cutlery case comes in a couple of really pretty and funky designs, and is great for older children who enjoy taking salads or meals to school. They are also very environmentally friendly, which is a huge plus!


Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters

What kid wouldn’t love to open their school lunchbox to see a batman face sandwich (or a unicorn or mermaid for that matter) staring back at them?! These re-usable cutters are especially great for kids that like their crusts removed, and also double-up as PlayDoh and cookie cutters.


What lunch box will you be getting for your school kids this year?


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