So you’ve been bringing your lunch to work? Good for you! But instead of stuffing your office eats into a flimsy plastic container and cramming it into your bag, it’s time to get serious about how you might want to travel to and from your office with food. There are actually a variety of different high-end lunchboxes, and each of them serves a different purpose, depending on the meal you’re attempting to transport.
Add one of these awesome grown-up lunchboxes to your life to feel good about what you’re eating at work.
For rice on the go
Forget about choking down overly chewy, day-old rice. Folks who want to eat fresh rice at work will adore this handy thermos that magically makes rice in the microwave and keeps it hot for up to six hours after. Plus, it comes with a handy carrying case.
Thermos Rice Ready Jar, $72 at Bento & Co.
For awkward-shaped foods
Without anything in it, the Compleat Foodskin lies flat, but place your lunch — a submarine sandwich, perhaps? — inside, and the ‘skin’ will easily wrap itself around your food, holding everything securely in place.
Compleat Foodskin, $25 at Amazon.
Most sleek design
Japanese-style lunchboxes have always been ahead of the rest when it comes to design. Case in point: this sleek lunchbox made from ancient Japanese cedar. The white lid doubles as an ice pack, so if you want what’s inside to stay cool, just pop the lid in the freezer the night before you use it.
Wooden Gel-Cooled Lunchbox, $146 at Bento & Co.
Smartest salad separator
Salads are a delicious, healthy and simple go-to for lunch, but adding the ingredients into Tupperware the night before work means a sad and soggy desk lunch. Instead, a sleek container that separates the greens from the other veggies, proteins and dressing means you’ll actually enjoy a multi-textured salad instead of trading in the wilted mess for an expensive alternative at the food court.
Rubbermaid Brilliance Salad Container, $53 at Amazon.
Most likely to get you compliments
Sure, this polka dot lunch bag might not be waterproof or great at organizing your meal, but its playful pattern, gold zipper and sassy message printed in all caps across the front is sure to snag you a compliment or two in the lunchroom.
Polka Dot Lunch Bag, $39 at Kate Spade.
For preventing leaks
Nothing instantly ruins a day quite like discovering your pad thai sauce has leaked out of its container and coated everything in its vicinity. Lucky for you, OXO’s Good Grip Container will ensure that doesn’t happen again thanks to its ultra-tight seal.
OXO Good Grip Container, $23 at Amazon.
This two-tiered, BPA-free, bento-style lunchbox makes organizing your lunch simple. Plus, a special compartment allows you to store your cutlery, so everything can be easily transported. The entire box is microwavable as well as freezer safe, making it one of the most versatile on the list.
Proaid Bento Box, $65 at Amazon.
Most innovative add-on
Okay, so this technically isn’t a lunchbox, but its purpose is pretty cool. Layered lunches packed prettily into mason jars are all the rage, and this handy gadget makes packing a lunch into any old mason jar a cinch since it holds the ingredients perfectly in place and allows you to carry sauces without making a mess.
Canning Jar Lunch Adaptor, $12 at Cuppow.
For carrying soup
Stylish, sleek and leakproof, this BPA-free food jar will transport your minestrone without spilling a single drop of it. Plus, the wide opening at the top makes it both easy to fill and eat from.
Vacuum Insulated Food Jar, $44 at Amazon.
Most likely to keep food cool
This retro and stylish lunch bag looks more like a vintage camera bag than a lunchbox. Inside, an insulation system is sure to keep your food cool, and outside, a shoulder strap makes it easy to carry. Win-win!
Lifewits Cooler Lunchbox, $60 at Amazon.