There are so many arguments in favor of taking your lunch to work every day. First and foremost, carrying your own food can save you hundreds of dollars on eating out. Secondly, it can lessen your environmental impact by ensuring you aren’t constantly wasting single-use plastics. And finally, carrying your own lunch can help you eat healthier and stay on track with your diet.
If you’re convinced that you need to start taking your lunch to work, but you don’t know the best methods for doing so, let us introduce you to the best lunch boxes for adults. Unlike the versions we used as children, these bags and boxes have sleek, grown-up designs. Some have dividers for carrying more than one type of food, others have pockets for silverware and condiments and one can even go from the oven to the freezer to the office.
Scroll through this list of our favorite lunch boxes for adults and choose the one that suits your eating and work habits the best.
1. Hydro Flask 8L Insulated Lunch Tote
Large enough for a weekend picnic yet small enough to carry to the office daily, the Hydro Flask 8L Insulated Lunch Tote is a very grown-up version of the childhood staple. This muted tote includes lightweight insulation that keeps food cold for up to four hours. It also easily collapses on itself for storage when it’s not in use. Plus, the durable fabric and build construction mean this bag is going to be carrying your lunch for years to come. And, Hydro Flask are willing to back up that claim with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty.
2. Attican Hango Adult Lunch Box
If you want to try taking your food to work but don’t want to invest heavily, try the Attican Hango Adult Lunch Box. This set comes with two different lunch boxes, one of which is six inches by 10 inches while the other is five inches by seven-and-a-half inches. The larger can hold up to six cans of soda. Each of these boxes is made from high-density polyester to ensure food temperatures don’t escape easily. Plus, the attractive black exterior and brown, faux-leather handle mean you’ll actually want to carry these adult lunch boxes to work every day.
3. Clear Handbags Large Lunch Bag
BEST FOR EVENTS
If you’ve been to an NFL game or festival recently, you’ll know many venues have shifted to a clear-bag-only policy. Therefore, if you want to take lunch into an event, it’s best to buy a clear lunch bag, like this one from Clear Handbags. It features two pockets and adjustable straps for carrying ease. Additionally, it’s made from thick vinyl and has sturdy zippers to ensure durability.
4. Jane’s Hardware Plain Metal Dome Lunch Box
Reminiscent of lunch boxes carried in the 1950s, but made from a slightly lighter tin, the Jane’s Hardware Plain Metal Dome Lunch Box will put its whole being into protecting your lunch. It’s big enough to carry a sandwich, fruit and drink. Plus, it can be customized with stickers or etching to help your lunch box stand out from the crowd.
5. Grub2Go Original Bento Box
BEST BENTO BOX
Based on the traditional Japanese bento design, the Grub2Go Original Bento Box comes with two large containers that can each be divided or used simultaneously. The set also includes utensils, giving you everything you need for lunch on the go in one place. Furthermore, this particular lunch box also comes with a guide on bento food ideas, to help you learn from the healthy habits of the Japanese.
6. Black+Blum Stainless Steel Lunch Box
BEST STAINLESS STEEL
The Black+Blum Stainless Steel Lunch Box can seemingly do it all. The box itself can go from oven to table to freezer with ease, and it also has a stainless steel divider to keep different foods apart. Furthermore, the set includes a stainless steel fork and a leak-proof, vacuum-sealed silicone lid to prevent accidental spills. Altogether, this is a very environmentally friendly way to carry your lunch to work every day.
7. TriCloud Sports Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag
As an adult, you don’t necessarily want to have the coolest superhero bag at school, but you can still create lunch-box envy among your coworkers by carrying the super attractive TriCloud sports Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag. This insulated, waterproof tote comes in a lovely green and appears to nearly be a satchel. Plus, the thermal insulation can keep food fresh for hours, and the secretive back pocket provides somewhere to carry your keys or phone when you don’t want to carry another bag.
8. Onyx Divided Airtight Storage Container
The Onyx Divided Airtight Storage Container doesn’t look like a typical lunch box, and it doesn’t act like one either. This metal container is divided into four sections, so you can keep each part of your meal pristine. Plus, the airtight lid allows you to throw the container in your briefcase or bag for easy transportation, and the bottom of the box is dishwasher safe. Weekly meal prep is especially easy if you have one of these stackable containers for each day of your work week.
9. Zojirushi Stainless Steel Ms. Bento Vacuum Lunch Jar
BEST FOR LIQUIDS
Taking your lunch to work doesn’t always mean packing sandwiches and fruit. When the occasion calls for soup or other liquid foods, look no further than the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Ms. Bento Vacuum Lunch Jar. This jar comes with three bowls of varying sizes which can all fit inside the car and a convenient carrying bag. It can keep food at 149 degrees Fahrenheit for up to six hours, or it can keep food cold at 50 degrees Fahrenheit for six hours as well. The set also comes with a forked spoon and its own carrying case.
10. W&P Ceramic Porter Bowl Lunch Container
BEST FOR SALADS
Ideal for salads and grain bowls, the W&P Ceramic Porter Bowl Lunch Container is a premium lunch box for adults. The ceramic bowl is protected by a silicone wrap and accompanied by a rigid, plastic lid and tight silicone strap for keeping everything secure. Because this set is entirely plastic free, it’s a great way to eliminate single-use plastics from your lunch routine. And, as it’s free from metal, you won’t get any annoying metallic taste in your food. This stylish container will ensure you look forward to eating lunch every day.
11. ONIVA Pranzo Dallas Cowboys Lunch Bag
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you don’t want your lunch box to show off your personality. If you want a bag that’s essentially you and you’re a huge NFL fan, consider buying the ONIVA Pranzo Dallas Cowboys Lunch Bag. This bag is available for every NFL team and would make a great gift idea for coworkers, partners and friends. It has plenty of sections for both hot and cold food, and the adjustable strap makes this bag easy to carry.