There are so many great reasons to take your lunch to work with you every day.
First off, it’s cheaper. Are you spending $50 per week on buying lunch? That’s $200 per month, and it’s probably not even a very good lunch.
Making use of leftovers and home-prepared meals will cut down on your expenses tremendously. You can save your money for that new Ultra HD Smart TV you’ve always wanted.
Eating meals that you prepare yourself is also healthier. According to the CDC, 90% of Americans eat too much salt. Most of which comes from fast food and processed food. Even restaurants use more salt to flavor their foods than you do at home.
Too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which we all know is bad for your heart.
Do the right thing for your wallet and your body and pack your lunch. But, the days of brown paper lunch bags are long gone.
So what should you bring it in?
Here are 9 great containers that you can use to pack your lunch.
Best Eco-Friendly Disposable Containers
We prefer reusable containers because they cut down on waste and make economic sense, but sometimes you just need a disposable option.
Perhaps you are going out after work and don’t want to carry your dirty containers around with you all night. Nothing says “hot date” like a stinky half-eaten bologna sandwich.
These Bagasse Clamshell Takeout Containers keep your food packed nicely inside the container until you are ready to use it. They also absorb grease so your bag won’t get ruined by seepage from your lunch. And you can stick these babies right in the microwave, which is very convenient.
These takeout containers come in packs of 50 and 100. Making them a great option if you are hosting a dinner party and want your guests to leave with some leftovers.
The eco-friendly plant-based fiber that they are made from is easily compostable and renewable, so you don’t have to feel bad for throwing away disposable containers.
Best Kid-Friendly Container
You’re tired of your kids coming home from school with their lunch box in pieces, complaining about their soggy sandwich soggy or that the apple slices were touching the pretzels so they couldn’t eat it.
Get them the Bentgo Kids Children’s Lunch Box. It has five self-contained compartments to keep food separate and won’t come apart when it is hastily thrown into their backpack.
This lunch box is also microwave and dishwasher safe, as every good food container should be and has a 2-year warranty. They also come in 3 colors so all of your children can have a different color lunch box.
As an added benefit, when you purchase this container, you are also helping fight hunger. Bentgo donates a portion of their profits to Feed the Children.
Easiest Containers to Clean
Compartments are such a great idea for keeping food separate, but if you don’t have a dishwasher, and even sometimes when you do, they can be hard to clean. Food can get stuck in the corners that you just can’t pry out.
This Easy to Clean Leakproof Bento Box with two containers is a great solution. Keep your wet and dry foods away from each other in two separate stackable containers. No little compartments mean no semi-melted smushed pieces of cheese to pick out with your fingernails.
Of course, it is dishwasher and microwave safe. And, as an added convenience, it comes with adorable little reusable utensils that have their own special place within the container.
Easiest Containers to Store
It’s time to put an end to all those food containers taking up more space in your cabinets than your dishes. Where did those lids go anyway?
These EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers nest together to save on cabinet space.
They are plastic, but don’t let the look scare you. Not only are they FDA-approved, but the EasyLunchboxes are also BPA, PVC and phthalate-free. And they are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe .
Lids on these types of containers can sometimes be difficult to take off, but these are designed to be easily removed, which is both a good and a bad thing. Because the lids can be removed without too much effort, they do not hold enough of a seal to be considered leakproof, so you may need to hold off on packing that overly saucy meatball sub.
If you don’t have a lunch box that you love, consider the very affordable insulated lunch box companion. It will complete your lunchtime look.
Best Glass Containers
While we don’t always think of glass containers as practical for lunch because of their weight and breakability factor, they are still great for transporting food. Glass is nonporous, so it doesn’t absorb food odors, flavors, or stains.
This Pyrex Meal Prep set has 18 containers in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are containers large enough to bring your favorite side to the family potluck, and containers small enough to bring a single-sized kid-friendly meal for your finicky toddler.
The nifty thing about Pyrex containers is not only are they microwave and dishwasher safe, but you can also put them in the oven and the freezer. This makes them great for food storage, and also for stow and go items that you make ahead and pull out of the freezer to take with you.
You can also pop them in the oven just before you leave and arrive with a hot dish. Remember to remove the plastic lids before you put them in the oven; melted plastic is not a preferred flavor on broccoli casserole.
Completely Plastic Free Containers
While we are sure all of the plastic products on our list are food-grade approved and BPA-free, you may still desire a non-plastic option. The ECOlunchbox Three-In-One Stainless Food Canister & Lunch Box is made from food-grade stainless steel and doesn’t contain any plastic at all. Not even in the lids or seals!
These are three separate containers that fit together into one complete unit, so they are easy to clean and fairly versatile.
You can wash them in your dishwasher, but remember, you can’t put stainless steel in your microwave. That is a recipe for disaster!
Also, they are not completely leakproof, so we recommend getting a separate container for transporting your salad dressing or other liquids. Don’t know what container to use for that? Don’t worry; we get into that later in the article.
Best Silicone Food Bag
For some, light and versatile sandwich bags are still the method of choice for carrying food. The Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bags are an eco-friendly option that can be put into your favorite lunch box or insulated lunch bag.
They are made from dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe food-grade silicone with a pinch-lock seal to keep everything fresh and safely inside the bag.
Amazingly, these bags can be put in boiling water or the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. So you can freeze and store soups and other liquid-based foods, then pop the bag in boiling water to defrost and heat up.
Try doing that with a plastic bag!
Best For Salad Dressing and Other Liquids
Any salad connoisseur knows that the longer your salad sits in the dressing, the soggier it gets.
This OXO Good Grips Squeeze Bottle will keep your dressing far away from your salad until you are ready for it. Never bring a soggy salad to work again! And the no-drip pour opening makes it clean and easy to add the dressing without spilling it all over the counter or yourself.
It has a handy spout for pouring liquids with an easily removable lid for those thicker options, like dip or hummus.
Fortunately, you can put it in the dishwasher to clean out those oil-based dressings that like to stick to the sides of the container.
Complete Meal Container System
Whether you are headed out to the beach or a picnic, the ZUZURO Lunch Box Insulated Cooler Bag is the perfect travel bag. It holds everything you need for your family to eat on the go.
It is equipped with three separate compartments. One large central compartment can hold three meals (in reusable containers), while the top section can accommodate another container or any other self-contained food items like fruit or bags of chips. Keep it all nice and cool with the two included ice packs.
The bag has two fully insulated bottle holders, and side mesh pockets to hold your small non-food items like keys and cell phones.
If that sounds like a lot to carry, don’t worry. The ZUZURO Lunch Box also has a convenient detachable shoulder strap, so your son has no excuses for carrying the bag wherever you need to go.
Whether you prefer tuna on rye or your leftover spaghetti and meatballs from dinner, you are equipped to pack it all in with these great container options. Pack it all in with the best meal prep containers:
- Bagasse Clamshell Takeout Containers
- Bentgo Kids Children’s Lunch Box
- Easy to Clean Leakproof Bento Box
- EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers
- Pyrex Meal Prep
- ECOlunchbox Three-In-One Stainless Food Canister & Lunch Box
- Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bags
- OXO Good Grips Squeeze Bottle
- ZUZURO Lunch Box Insulated Cooler Bag
Never bring a soggy or leaky lunch to work again! Thoroughly enjoy your leftovers with these 9 meal prep containers to choose from for all your food needs.