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Genius Lunch Boxes, Containers, and Gear for Grown-Ups

Built Icetec Freezeable Lunch Bag

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Stick this lunch bag in the freezer overnight—it has ice gel in the insulation—and it will keep your lunch cold for up to 10 hours the next day. It's big enough to hold a yogurt, a salad, and a snack or two, but it folds flat for easy storage. ($20;

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ChicoBag Snack Time

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No matter how many fillings your sandwich has, it will stay neat and fresh when it's wrapped in one of these machine-washable pouches. You can convert the bags into smaller ones for toting fruit, nuts, or other afternoon munchies, like one of the best healthy snacks on store shelves. ($15 for three;

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ECOlunchbox Three-in-One Giant

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Three containers clip together, so you can easily carry your main meal, a side dish, and a snack. The handy stainless steel set is nontoxic and dishwasher-safe. ($45;

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Hydro Flask Food Flask

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On chilly days, use it to pack your soup or stew (try one of these healthy soups to fill you up), and the meal will still be piping hot at lunchtime. Even better: The stainless steel, BPA-free containers can also double as cold thermoses. ($30 to $35;

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OXO Good Grips Vegetable Chopper

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There's no excuse not to load up on produce when you have the OXO Good Grips Vegetable Chopper. The sturdy stainless steel blades quickly dice even toughies like beets and turnips. ($20;

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Built Spicy Relish Lunch Tote

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Available in a variety of prints and colors, the neoprene fabric stretches to whatever size container you have; its thickness acts as a buffer if your lunch drops. When you're done, it stores flat and is machine-washable to boot! ($25;

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Yield Field Bag

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Made with water-resistant canvas, this tote can double as a purse. The side pockets are specifically sized to fit your larger-than-life water bottles—or bottles of wine, if you want to play it that way. ($92;

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Herschel Canteen Lunch Pack

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Pay homage to the basic brown bag of elementary school days without looking basic. The insulated interior keeps your hot food hot and cold stuff cold. (Not sure what to put in it? Try these nutrition experts' favorite brown-bag lunches.) ($24;

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Lifefactory 2-Cup Glass Food Storage

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Because this container is made from glass, you can stick it straight in the microwave and you don't have to worry about stains. Plus, the removable silicon wrap is perfect for traveling. ($18;

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Lunchskins Sandwich Bag

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These Velcro bags are dishwasher-safe and come in tons of sizes, prints, and colors, so you never have to succumb to disposable. ($8;

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Full Circle Wherever Water Cucumber Glass Travel Bottle

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The built-in peeler will turn your half-cut cucumber or lime into infused water; the glass container ensures no leaking or leftover taste from the drink before. (Need more inspiration? Check out these eight recipes for infused water.) ($20;

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MiiR 32-oz Vacuum-Insulated Howler

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This howler can take you from summer to winter by keeping your drink at whatever the proper temp (cold or hot) for 12-plus hours. And for every one purchased, MiiR donates enough to One Day's Wages to cover the cost of clean water for a person in need for a year. What's not to feel good about? ($40;

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KOR One Water Bottle

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If you run through water bottles like...water, this one's for you: The cap's attached so you never lose it. No more having to toss a perfectly good, lid-less bottle. Its look and durability makes it perfect for lugging around the office or on your carabiner when scaling rock walls. ($25;

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Monbento Pocket Cutlery Set

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Respect yourself by eating at your desk with real silverware. This set comes with a knife that can actually cut through food, unlike its plastic counterpart. Plus, you'll reduce waste by reusing utensils. ($18;

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To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

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This bamboo set comes with chopsticks and is heat- and stain-resistant. Its natural material won't absorb flavors and it wraps up in a Velcro pack for easy travel. ($13;

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Innobaby Din Din Smart

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This compact carrying case easily stores silverware for on-the-go eating, and it comes with a holding tray and enough extra space to stuff a napkin. Plus, the silverware has extra-long handles, which studies show makes you feel like you're eating more food. (Find out more simple tricks to eat less.) ($10;

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Sriracha2Go Squeeze Bottle

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Your go-to condiment in college now comes in a mini squeeze pack so you can discreetly hide it in your desk drawer for moments of lunchtime blandness. Or display it on your desk, if you're one of those college-was-the-best-years-of-my-life person. ($6;

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Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Flake Slide Tin

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Just a pinch will bring the taste and refinement of your lunch up tenfold—basic avocado toast, for example, will become restaurant-quality avocado toast! (Want more lunch ideas? Try these no-cook lunches that are low-calorie.) And since you're only using a pinch of salt, the small tin will last for months in your desk drawer. ($3;

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Little Soya Soy Sauce Packets

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Gluten-free and perfectly portioned, these fish-shaped packets help you avoid sodium bombs. And do we even have to mention how cute they are? ($13 for 12;

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