10 best children's lunch boxes

Keep food fresh and kids well-fed with a clever container. Our expert parent bloggers pick their favourites

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As the new school year approaches at a slightly alarming rate, uniform- and backpack-buying duty looms. If your kids' lunchboxes have seen better days, or you're giving into their demands for new kit, parenting-blogger-geniuses Jacqui Paterson (mummyslittlemonkey.com), Tara Cain (thestickyfingersblog.com) and Sally Whittle (whosthemummy.co.uk) have picked their new-term favourites. These boxes and bags combine clever, leak-free compartments, wipe-clean interiors and some serious insulation with fun and colourful designs to keep the littluns happy, too.

1. Sistema Triple Split Lunchbox: £10.47, amazon.co.uk

 

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"These Kiwi-designed BPA-free plastic lunch boxes are simple, durable and come in a range of cheery colours,” says Jacqui. “Split into three compartments, they're sealed tight with sturdy clips and also include a handy in-built yoghurt pot.”

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2. Kids Lunch Bag: £14.95, tyrrellkatz.co.uk

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“Please any fussy child with this range of funky illustrated lunch bags,” says Jacqui. “Double insulation keeps food fresh and a velcro strap keeps drink bottles secure, plus there's a pocket for cutlery or a handy pack of wet wipes.” We like this dino pattern, but there are plenty of others, too.

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3. Classic Yumbox V2: £24.95, yumbox-uk.co.uk

 

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“A bit pricey but utterly genius, this is a fun twist on the Japanese bento box,” says Jacqui. “Each of the six compartments is separately sealed thanks to the silicone lid so you can 'mix and match' with fresh food — fruit slices in one, breadsticks in another, hummus in the centre.”

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4. Vintage Confetti Lunch Satchel: £19.99, lakeland.co.uk

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“As children get older they no longer want cute and funny for their lunchbox,” says Tara. “Instead, the adorable design of this insulated bag makes it look like a little handbag. Inside there is plenty of room for everything they want to take, too.”

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5. Kingswood Rose Kids' Lunch Bag: £18, cathkidston.com

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"Older kids (and Mums) will love this coated cotton bag featuring Cath Kidston’s signature florals," says Jacqui. "It's both pretty and practical, with a wipe-clean interior and zip that opens the whole front. As well as a handle, it also has a clip so you can attach it to other bags for easy carrying."

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6. Printed Lunch Bag: £12.95, gap.co.uk

 

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“This stylish camouflage bag has a long strap to carry it over the shoulder, tons of room to store individual plastic tubs and an extra pocket at the front to keep snacks separate,” says Tara. “It’s also really easy to wipe clean the interior for those ‘yoghurt has burst over everything’ moments. “

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7. Monster Mash Up Snack Boxes: £8, paperchase.co.uk

 

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“Here’s how to pack a bit of fun into their lunchtime: one monster for sandwiches, one for fruit, one for a snack and one for a little surprise or maybe even just a message,” says Tara. “They also stack inside each other for easy storage in the cupboard.”

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8. Anorak Kissing Rabbits Lunchbox: £18, johnlewis.com

 

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“This colourful, retro lunchbox is bright, distinctive and not too babyish for older kids,” says Sally. “The removable over-the-shoulder strap makes it easy for kids to carry around.” At 4 litres, it’s plenty big enough for sarnies, apple, carton of juice and a treat or two.

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9. Bibetta Neoprene Children’s Lunch Bag: £9.95, amazon.co.uk

 

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“We use these lunch boxes regularly at home. They’re available in a range of colours and prints and the neoprene fabric is tough as anything, as well as being machine washable for the inevitable juice leak,” says Sally. “They make great snack bags on a long journey, too.”

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10. Superman Storage Tin Lunchbox: £10.95, lakeland.co.uk

 

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“My 10-year-old loves these superhero designs from Lakeland,” says Sally. “They’ve got a gorgeous retro feel, sandwiches won't get squished, and they'll last for years — I predict it being used to store all sorts of bits and bobs in the future!”

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Verdict:

For an all-round purse-, parent- and kid-pleasing bag, Tyrrell Katz's range of illustrated lunch bags has a design for every taste, plus great insulation, easy-clean interior and handy pockets.

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