Lunchin’ In Style

Think outside the lunch box by adding a little extra something to your back-to-school routine.

As if eating lunch isn’t already exciting enough, hand sanitizer, thermoses and fun utensils can bring a mid-day break to the next level. Allowing students to personalize their belongings and make their own choices when it comes to school supplies is a great way to encourage an interest in school. Add some pizazz and take the cafeteria by storm with these hand-picked lunchbox accessories.

Mini Lunch Notes

Brighten your little one’s day with these lunch notes, perfectly crafted for brown paper bags. These tiny papers have room for big messages, with enough space to write a reminder, tell a joke or let your child know you care. 105 notes make up this portable, pocket-sized package, along with over 100 stickers that can be placed on sandwich bags and notes. littleobsessed.com, $9 

Sleeve Kit

No matter the setting, Bento kits are ideal for on-the-go kids. Inner containers make up this insulated kit, which efficiently stores food so that transportation is seamless. The insulated sleeve is available in a variety of colors and designs, and the durable fabric includes a buckle to attach to luggage or tuck away when carried in a backpack. bentology.com, $20

Pete The Cat Gel Ice Packs

Modeled after the lovable children’s book character Pete, these two ice packs are filled with non-toxic gel beads that stay ice-cold and keep food fresh until lunchtime. The staggered sizes of both small and large packs fit in any lunch box, and their design makes them reusable and easy to wash. They freeze solid in just under two hours. walmart.com, set of 2, $6

Vonshef Novelty Plastic Cookie Cutters & Stainless Steel Shapes

Whether your child is a picky eater, an animal lover or one who appreciates a surprise in their meal, these food cutouts are sure to delight. Class parties and picnics will never be the same. The plastic is BPA free and isn’t rigid, so there are no sharp edges if kids want to help cut out shapes. amazon.com, $17

Medium Insulated Water Bottle

There’s no need to worry about spills, as a secure stopper prevents leakage while a push-button lid is kid friendly. The stainless steel body keeps liquid chilled and isn’t bulky, so it fits in cupholders while also providing enough room for large ice cubes. With more than 50 designs to choose from, there’s a print for everyone. Personalization is available. potterybarnkids.com, $19

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