The Best Meal-Prep Lunch Boxes to Stylishly Stash Your Food
Meal-Prep Lunch Boxes
Doing meal prep for the week feels so satisfying. You can just grab that homemade parfait with granola, your delicious (not soggy!) mason jar salad, and that Mediterranean chicken dish on your way out the door, and you're set for the day—no thinking about what you're going to eat or worrying about spending too much on lunch.
The only problem: How do you carry all those meals and snacks, while keeping your food cold and your style cool, too? The answer: These pretty lunch bags that stash your meal-prepped food and more, while still looking like a chic tote you'd carry around on the weekends. Healthy eating just got easier and better looking.
(P.S. Use this 30-Day Meal Prep Challenge to get way better at the whole meal-planning thing.)
SoYoung Lunch Poche Bag
Besides the earthy colors that make this lunch box (available at Anthropologie) hip enough to become your go-to purse, you get a few features that make it perfect for hauling your food for the day. For starters, the straps allow you to carry it like a backpack or a messenger bag. The insulated liner also comes out, so you can easily clean it (ideal for any leakage). And you get a mesh pocket in the back for utensils, napkins, or foods like nuts that you prefer to keep separate from the cold. (BTW, you can get a ton of other health and wellness goodies at Anthropologie too.)
Hydro Flask 8L Insulated Lunch Tote
Keep your contents cold for up to four hours with this tote, complete with durable, waterproof fabric and water-resistant zippers so everything stays dry inside. Featuring four trendy colors—blackberry (a grayish blue), grapefruit (millennial pink), and mushroom (a grayish brown)—this bag complements any outfit. Plus, with a shoulder strap, you can comfortably carry it from the gym to the office and back home.
Scout Nooner Insulated Lunch Bag
This cute, handheld tote comes in tons of colors and patterns so you can pick the best one to fit your style. Thanks to the wider bottom, it also makes it easy to stash your bigger meal prep containers. Use the zipped pocket on the outside for cutlery, snack bars, or anything you want to keep separate and within reach.
State Bags Rodgers Lunch Box
Metallics make any bag look stylish, so score this one for a cool way to carry your meal-prep lunch. In addition to the insulation inside, you also get a see-through pocket to store a photo or words of encouragement—the perfect little pick-me-up come lunchtime. What makes State Bags extra worthy of a purchase? For every bag sold, the company donates goods to one of their charity organizations, helping families in need.
L.L. Bean Lunch Bag
This top-handle meal prep lunch box comes with enough space to stash your lunch and plenty of snacks for the day, all inside a BPA- and PVC-free bag with top-quality insulation. The three-sided zipper also makes for seamless organization, while the mesh pocket works great for storing an ice pack, napkins, or packaged goods. You get the choice of four nature-inspired colors, all made with a durable nylon shell.
Ju-Ju-Be Rose Fuel Cell Lunch Bag
Featuring a soft purple pattern and rounded top zipper, this lunch box looks pretty and makes it easy to stack your containers and other goods. It also has an antimicrobial treatment that fights off odors, mold, and bacteria, even when you accidentally spill your salad or a sauce spews out. With a clip at the handle, you can also attach it to your bigger tote for hands-free carrying.
Old Navy Zip-Top Canvas Lunch Tote
Budget-friendly and made in subtle colors, this Old Navy lunch bag checks off all the must-haves for a simple way to transport your meals. Choose gray, black, or camo, clip it onto your backpack, and the insulated liner will protect your food while you move from meeting to workout and more.
Dabney Lee by Arctic Zone Zinnia Lunch Tote
Decked out in a fun summer print, this bold pink-patterned meal prep lunch box offers thermal insulation and a lining that bans bacteria and odors. Carry it with the shoulder strap or remove it, clip the ends together and tote it via a top handle. It makes the last step to successful meal prep—actually bringing your food with you—extra doable. (Related: These cute backpacks make it was easier to run commute.)
Kate Spade Lunch Tote
You can't go wrong with a Kate Spade polka dot print, especially for a bag you'll carry with you every day. The black and white combo goes with anything you're wearing, while the inside lining protects anything you're carrying around for the day. From fruit to full-on meals, this cute tote has you covered.
Eddie Bauer Lunch Box Cooler
Consider this your sporty little lunch bag. With a long strap, you can lug it over your shoulder. Or remove the shoulder strap, and you have two shorter handles that allow you to carry it either vertically or horizontally. The best part: A zipper allows you to expand the bag another two inches, making it large enough to carry a six-pack (maybe, of one of these healthy canned alcoholic beverages). Picnic in the park, anyone?
Fit & Fresh Bloomington Lunch Kit
Not only do you get a monochrome, two-handled tote to store all your food when you purchase this lunch bag, but you also receive containers and an ice pack. Each BPA-free, microwave- and dishwasher-safe container has measurement marks, so you can easily control your portions. They're also color-coded for each food group—orange for grains, blue for dairy, purple for protein, red for fruit, and green for veggies—so you can double check you're getting all your nutrients. It's the ideal tool bag for healthy eating. (Here are more tips for creating the perfect meal-prep recipe.)
Corkcicle Adair Crossbody Lunch Box
This option looks like an actual purse rather than a lunch box masquerading as a purse. With vegan leather, gold accents, and an adjustable crossbody strap, it's pretty much the polar opposite of a brown paper bag. Don't worry though, unlike your favorite handbag, it's made to keep food and drinks cool for hours.