8 Fun & Fancy Ways to Carry Your Lunch to Work

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It’s the bane of the office worker everywhere — the sad desk lunch. Whether it’s last night’s leftovers or the dregs of your cabinets, nothing makes grabbing takeout more tempting than a disappointing brown bag lunch.

With that in mind, here are a few ways to step up your game that won’t take a ton of extra effort — we promise! Steal a few of these ideas for brown-bagging it this week, and banish that #saddesklunch tag from your Instagram feed forever.

  • Wrapped in a Tea Towel – The Kitchn: This is one of our favorite reader tips for many reasons. It provides a little extra cushioning for your containers, and you can use the towel as a napkin or a placemat to make that sad desk lunch a little less dreary.
  • Metal Tiffin – Food Loves Writing: Tiffins have stood the test of time for good reason. They are the perfect way to pack multiple foods without having to juggle multiple containers. Plus, utilitarian design doesn’t get much better than that.
  • Bento Boxes – Back to Her Roots: There’s something so satisfying about a well-packed bento box. We could look at photos of them all day long. Plus, it helps you make sure you’ve hit enough of your food groups.
  • Sandwich Wrap – The Art of Doing Stuff: Admittedly, this one does take a bit of time to make the reusable sandwich wrap, but you’ll be able to use it for years. Or if you’re not crafty, there are plenty of reusable wraps that you can buy, instead of DIY.
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  • Muffin Papers – BHG: Steal this food gift packaging idea and use it to pack snacks in your lunch bag. It’s great for nuts like the pistachios shown here or dried fruit, trail mix, or popcorn.
  • Salad in a Jar – The Kitchn: We’re betting you’re no strangers to salads in a jar, but it remains one of our favorite ways to pack a healthy lunch. The key is reverse layering, and to keep a plate at your office so you’re not trying to eat out of the jar.
  • Leather Tote – Wood & Faulk: We love this simple leather tote. It’s much more stylish than the brightly patterned totes you frequently find.
  • Cupcake Liners – Inhabitots: If you end up with a bento box without dividers, steal this trick to use cupcake liners to keep snacks separate. Plus, it’s a great way to stick with reasonable portion sizes!