Whether you’re trying to save money, have dietary restrictions that require you to make your own food, or just prefer the taste of a home-cooked meals, a stylish-but-affordable adult lunch box is just what you need.
But finding one that’s not made for kids or isn’t boring can be quite the challenge, to say the least! Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up several that will satisfy any budget or style without coming across as childish to your coworkers.
What to Look for in an Adult Lunch Box
When you’re looking for a lunch bag for adults, you’ll not only need to find one that can transport your meal, be it hot or cold, without leaking the contents all over your best work pants, you’ll need something you’re not embarrassed to be seen carrying by your professional colleagues.
Other nice-to-haves? Plastic or BPA-free models ($13.95, Amazon) that you won’t feel weird about putting your food in, ones that offer separate containers for foods you don’t want to touch (no soggy hummus all over our chips prior to consumption, please), and roomy versions that will double as totes ($14.95, Amazon).
Once you have a grown-up bag you feel good about carrying, you can stop “accidentally forgetting” to eat that salad you packed, saving you money on eating out and getting you back on the healthy-eating bandwagon. Just think: For every meal you make at home, that’s a few extra dollars you can spend on more important things — like your children’s college fund, your retirement, and treats for yourself (hello, new shoes!). Keep scrolling to see FIRST for Women’s picks for the best adult lunch box!
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Best Cute Lunch Bag
SoYoung Large Cooler Bag
Where to buy it: $34.95, Amazon
This darling lunch bag, which features a fun, red cherry print, is roomy enough to fit all of your Tupperware and snacks without a problem. It can also be worn like a crossbody bag, thanks to its detachable strap, freeing up your hands to hold that always-necessary coffee.
Best Bento Lunch Box
BentoHeaven Bento Box
Where to buy it: $22.95, Amazon
Declutter your kitchen cupboards and finally ditch those tomato sauce-stained Tupperware containers with a fuss-free bento box, like this one from BenthoHeaven. It will keep your food separated; but together, for those who don't like their food to touch, without forcing you to pack multiple containers. This handy set even comes with an eco-friendly fork, knife, and chopsticks — pretty handy, if you ask us!
Best Insulated Lunch Box
SoYoung Small Cooler Bag
Where to buy it: $21.99 (Originally $27.99), Amazon
If you're not a big lunch eater, this mini cooler bag is just the thing to hold your snack or small meal. It's linen, so you can throw it right into the wash in the case of a spill, and there's a removable, insulated liner to keep foods at just the right temps. There's a detachable strap you can throw on for your commute, and a handy back pocket for napkins, cutlery, and more.
Best Lunch Box for Women
Fit & Fresh Insulated Lunch Bag
Where to buy it: $13.99, Amazon
Even if your meal isn't much to look at, this adorable lunch tote for women, which features an easy-to-wear shoulder strap, is sure to make you smile. Not only does it practically scream "girl power" with its pink-and-black color scheme, it will work just as hard as you do, with an insulated interior to keep food cold or hot. There's also a reusable ice pack you can use to chill drinks or deli sandwiches.
Most Stylish Lunch Bag
Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag
Where to buy it: $28.95, Amazon
This organic cotton canvas lunchbox from Fluf is perfect for those who want something simple and useful that's still plenty stylish. It does just what it's meant to do — protect your lunch — with its roomy, water-resistant interior, and has a fast-drying lining that renders it practically odor-free. It also makes for an eye-catching addition to your wardrobe thanks to its on-trend minimalistic design and contrasting detailing.
Best Eco Friendly Lunch Box
Equinox Organic Cotton Lunch Bag
Where to buy it: $13.95, Amazon
Making a modern play on a traditional brown paper bag, this 100 organic cotton lunch sack is one that won't fall apart on you, since it has no zippers to snag or break and no Velcro to wear down: Simply fold it over and toggle it closed!
Best Large Lunch Bag
Lunch Box Tote Handbag
Where to buy it: $14.99, Amazon
This roomy lunch box, which comes in three prints at this size, has plenty of space for your midday meal — and then some. In fact, it comes with not one, but two side pockets for a reusable water bottle, mason jar, or umbrella, a back pocket you can throw your ID and credit cards in, and a top-zipper closure, so nothing falls out. Essentially, it can double as a purse, making it an A+-pick in our books.
Best Stainless Steel Lunch Box
Ecolunchbox Stainless Steel Bento Box
Where to buy it: $34.95, Amazon
If you're worried about toxic chemicals in your lunch containers, this 3-in-1 stainless steel bento box will put your mind at ease. It's plastic- and BPA-free and has a rectangular design that's just the right size for an entrée and two sides. Plus, it stacks together in a way that allows for three individual storage compartments. There's something very satisfying about stacking, unstacking, clipping, and unclipping this container — it's like LEGOs for adults!
Best Reusable Ice Pack
SoYoung Ice Pack
Where to buy it: $10.95, Amazon
Ice-pack condensation is an annoyance you'll longer have to deal with once you snag this affordable SoYoung ice pack, which ensures all your food will stay cool, crisp, and dry. That's good news, since there's nothing worse than a salad that's wilted and warm — especially when you'd rather be enjoying a burger and French fries. Choose from five different eco-friendly designs.
Best Small Lunch Box
MAZFORCE Insulated Lunch Bag
Where to buy it: $13.99 (Originally $24.99), Amazon
If you're the type that likes a small, easy meal, carrying around a large, bulky bag for a few snacks or a small sandwich might feel like a waste of space. This convenient container slips right into any purse without overcrowding. You can choose from 19 different colors, and it's 100 percent leakproof. It also has a foam-core insulation, which means you'll never need to indulge in a soggy meal again.
Best Washable Lunch Box
Kaptron Lunch Bag
Where to buy it: $13.99 (Originally $19.99), Amazon
If neoprene wetsuits can keep the ocean out, then a neoprene lunch bag can definitely handle a leak or two. Besides, even if you do encounter a spill, it will be no matter — this thing is machine washable. Did we mention it also comes with a matching neoprene water bottle holder?
Best Folding Lunch Box
Mzirat Reusable Lunch Bag
Where to buy it: $8.99, Amazon
This darling little bag is the perfect size for tossing in your work bag or backpack — not to mention its flexible frame, which makes it easy to fold up for extra room. It's also insulated, so as to keep your soup hot one day and your sandwich cold the next. What more could you ever need?
Best Thermos Lunch Box
Where to buy it: $21.35 (Originally 29.99), Amazon
Calling all chip-and-hummus lovers! This genius thermos container not only has a unique, mug-like design, it's got two separate compartments that will allow you to keep your favorite food combinations away from each other. It holds up to 20 ounces and its vacuum insulation technology keeps food hot for up to five hours, while cold food will last for seven.