10 Kid-Friendly Lunch Boxes Without Disney Characters on Them

updated May 1, 2019
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Browse any store during back-to-school season and you’ll see that most lunch boxes for kids (some 95 percent?) are emblazoned with Disney or other cartoon characters on them. Maybe you’re starting to reach peak level for all things Frozen? Or maybe you’re just worried your kid will move on and, come November, refuse to carry anything with Elsa or Olaf on it. (Hey, it could happen!)

That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 adorable lunch boxes — without Disney characters on them. And maybe, just maybe, your kid will agree to use it for more than just one school year. Here’s hoping.

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  1. Dinosaur Lunch Box, $30 at SoYoung: This roomy, insulated lunch box is made out of durable raw linen and has a leakproof insert to stop spills from spreading. We like the dinosaur, but there are also foxes, rabbits, and robots to choose from. Bonus: The whole thing is machine-washable, which is a miracle for busy parents with messy kids.
  2. TV Tin Lunch Box, $15 at Kikkerland: Decidedly retro, this virtually indestructible lunch box looks literally nothing like the televisions your kids have grown up with, so you’ll have fun telling them about the days of knobs and limited channels every morning when you’re packing their lunches.
  3. Shark Zipper Lunch Bag, $30 at Fluf: This adorable lunch bag has a ton of bells and whistles to make lunchtime more fun and functional. The water-resistant lining makes it easy to clean, while standing up to leaks. It also has an interior pocket specifically designed to hold a drink or ice pack. And it’s got a rugged zipper that will open and close throughout a billion lunches.
  4. Pop Quiz Lunch Box, $30 at Herschel Supply Co.: Insulated and easily wipeable, this box’s roomy interior will accommodate a lot of food, and the exterior zipper pocket is perfect for storing napkins or utensils.
  5. Gear-Up Striped Lunch Bag, $18 at PB Teen: Extra deep to accommodate a lot of food, this striped lunch bag is crafted out of rugged, water-resistant materials to ensure it’ll stand up to whatever your kids throw at it. (Or more accurately, whatever your kid throws it at.) Bonus features include a dedicated mesh water-bottle holder and the ability to personalize it for an extra $10.
  6. Anchor Lunch Bag, $30 at Dabbawalla Bags: Crafted out of durable, sustainable, and insulating material, this nautical bag will help ferry lunches to school in a snap. Multiple interior pockets will keep everything organized, and a dedicated mesh pocket was made specifically to hold an ice pack.
  7. Rainbow Lunch Box, $22 at The Land of Nod: Add a little whimsy to your kid’s day with this rainbow-emblazoned lunch box. It features a variety of interior and exterior zip pockets, but the most unique feature is the built-in mesh drink holder on the outside.
  8. Taco Truck Lunch Tote, $15: Taco Tuesday isn’t just for adults — although the margaritas and cervezas are! — so if your kid loves Mexican food, send her to school with this awesome Taco Truck lunch tote, which is roomy, insulated, and has a shoulder strap for easy carrying.
  9. Crckt Lunch Box, $8 at Target: A true bargain at just $8, this flamingo-patterned lunch box is insulated, features multiple interior and exterior zippered pockets, has a dedicated exterior mesh pocket for a water bottle, and features a clipped handle specifically for attaching to backpacks. Plus, flamingos show no sign of going out of style.
  10. Freezable Lunch Box, $20 at PackIt: This freezable lunch box has built-in gel that keeps lunches cold after being in the freezer overnight, which eliminates the need for bulky ice packs. The lunch box (available in a variety of patterns and colors) has multiple zippered and mesh pockets, and it collapses down to the thickness of a paperback book for easy storage when not in use.