Don’t settle for greasy takeout or an expensive lunch the next time your stomach starts growling at work. Packing tasty, fresh meals from home will save you money while satisfying your hunger. A better lunch is waiting — all you need is an easy way to transport your food from home to office. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 12 stylish, practical products.
Fit all your food into one box
No one wants their lunch to get mixed in with sides, forming a soggy mess. A perfect solution is to purchase a lunch container with dividers. Lunchtime will surely get a pop of pizzazz when you add the Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube-to-Go (pictured above, $5.99) to your lunch bag. Convenient dividers provide compartments for one entrée and two sides. The color choices are light blue, hot pink, and apple green. Containers are BPA-free and safe for the microwave, freezer, refrigerator, and top-rack dishwasher. The Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube-to-Go is 5 5/8 inches square by 3¾ inches tall. Similar items offered at The Container Store include the Divided Lunch to Go ($19.99) and Lunch Triple Split ($12.99).
Pack perfect salads and fruit bowls
If fruit or vegetables are on the menu, you’ll need a container that keeps them crisp and fresh. One great option is the Fit & Fresh Fruit and Veggie Bowl (pictured above, $9.99). The bowl features three compartments so you can separate your fruits and vegetables. There is also a removable cup in the middle for yogurt, sauces, and dressings of your choice. An ice ring is included to help keep contents fresh all day. What’s more, you can reduce the number of items you’ll have to travel with, as the lid also doubles as a plate. The bowl’s inside diameter measures 7 inches, and the outside diameter measures 7.3 inches. Bed Bath & Beyond customers gave the Fit & Fresh Fruit and Veggie Bowl 4.3 out of five stars for its variety of features and ease of transport. Complementary items offered at Bed Bath and Beyond are Dressing-To-Go 3 Pack Containers ($9.99) and the Prepworks Collapsible Salad Keeper ($17.99).
Get the convenience of glass
Glass is easier to wash and offers a solution to the staining often seen with plastic containers. One option is the Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Multi 25.5-ounce Medium Square Glass Bake and Serve Storage Container (pictured above, $9.49). The glass container is freezer, oven, and microwave safe (minus the lid). In addition, the 2.5-inch tall, 6-inch wide container is BPA-free and dishwasher safe. The Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Glass Bake and Serve Storage Container also comes in 13.5-ounce ($8.99), 37-ounce ($12.99), and 54-ounce ($12.99) sizes. Other glass lunch storage options offered at Target are Rubbermaid’s 10-piece Glass Food Storage Set ($29.99) and Oggi’s 4 Piece Airtight Glass Canister Set with Clamp Lids and Silicone Gaskets ($20.99).
Bag it up and keep it cool
Now that you’ve chosen a container for your meal, you’ll need a stylish bag to carry it in. The Pack-It Personal Cooler (pictured above, $19.99) has a built-in freezable gel that keeps food cold up to 10 hours. The lunch bag can be folded in half and stored away easily. The bag also features a zipper closure and handle. The interior, which is made from nontoxic poly canvas, is PVC-, BPA-, phthalate-, and lead-free and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Amazon shoppers gave this bag four out of five stars; many liked the fact that food stays cool for a long time. Similar lunch bag options featured on Amazon are the BUILT NY Spicy Relish Designer Neoprene Lunch Tote ($29.99) and Rubbermaid Lunch Blox ($14.99).