If you’re looking to upgrade from the classic brown bag and Tupperware for your packed lunches, these adult lunch boxes and accessories will keep your food safe and fresh without giving off grade-school vibes.
Preparing your own lunch for the office or workplace is a smart way to save money and stick to any health goals. No matter if you prefer to pack salads, sandwiches, or last night’s leftovers, you’ll find a container for every kind of lunch in this post.
So, what does the best lunch box for adults do, and how is it any different from those empty butter containers you’ve been using for the past few months? Let’s look into it!
The best lunch boxes for adults should:
- Hold a substantial amount of food
- Be made with BPA-free plastic or non-toxic materials
- Durable enough for long commutes
- Dishwasher safe
- Keeps your food fresh and you, looking sophisticated
Where do you find containers of this type? You can start right here!
Best Lunch Bag for Adults
Whether you’re looking for something stylish with the right color and shape, or want to keep it low-key to blend in with your best office attire, there’s an option for everyone below.
These lunch bags will fit your lunch box(es), utensils, and a few additional snacks, without looking like you packed your daughter’s lunchbag by mistake.
This insulated and water-proof lunch bag includes a strap so you can toss it over your shoulder and carry, hands-free. It’s also available in different colors and patterns.
A freezable lunch bag and shoulder strap all in one, this option is the best of both worlds and large enough to hold a lunchbox, snack, and 24-ounce drink.
Men’s Lunch Box
When choosing a lunch box for your guy, the more durable, the better they should also be large enough to hold hefty food portions. Look for earth tones or grays and blacks while still making sure its quality is top-notch so they can keep the lunch bag long-term.
Whether they work in the office or great outdoors, containers like the ones below fit all the criteria.
This set includes a 34-ounce container and a smaller 16-ounce container. They are freezer-safe, lightweight, and have a snap-lock lid to avoid spills.
This food-grade silicone bento box is BPA-free, microwave-safe, and available in three colors. Perfect for packing bento boxes or keeping rice and veggies or sliced fruit and a sandwich separate.
This 20 pack of BPA-free plastic meal prep containers are perfect for to-go-style meals. I get multiple uses out of them and you can reheat the food directly in the container or store them in the freezer.
Professional Lunch Box
Tired of reusing your kid’s lunch containers to pack those office lunches? I got you covered. The lunch boxes below are sleek, practical, and will make your food look even better.
There are single container and compartmentalized options so that you can pack pasta one day and an adult lunchable the next.
A 2 compartment container that will make your lunch look amazing. These are freezer, microwave, and oven-safe, and with locking lids, is there anything they can’t do?
These BPA-free silicone lunch containers come with a vent and can be transferred from the freezer to the microwave. They’re also collapsible for easy storage once you’ve finished lunch.
These 4 cup glass containers come 8 to a pack and can withhold the microwave and oven temperatures below 750F; that’s pretty hot. Let’s not forget about those lock-lids- they’re a lifesaver.
If you’re a bistro box lover, this glass container is exactly what you need. Each container is 36-ounces, large enough to hold a solid amount of food and, of course, comes with our beloved locking lids.
Made with food grade stainless steel, these 16 and 25-ounce containers are great for packing all sorts of lunch ideas like salads, soup, pasta, or parfaits. It comes with a smaller plastic container and lid that fit into the larger metal container.
More Lunch Essentials for Adults
I can’t let you leave without including more lunch essentials so you can pack a wide variety of options like dips, sauces, and cold food.
With double insulated steel walls and copper thermal technology, these thermos containers not only look impressive but do a great job of keeping your food hot or cold. The lid also doubles as a serving bowl, so no extra dishes are necessary to enjoy your food.
Perfect for dips, jams, salad dressings, and sauces. These 1.6-ounce mini containers are stainless steel on the bottom with a silicone lid.
Every size from 1.6 to 3-ounce mini plastic containers. These are leakproof and airtight and come 6 to a pack.
These non-toxic, BPA-Free plastic ice packs are slim and easy to fit in a packed lunch bag.
If these sleek, stainless steel utensils aren’t a classy way to eat a packed lunch, I don’t know what is. They come with a knife, fork, chopsticks, straw, and cleaning brush in one compact case. Efficiency at it’s best.
Now that you have the materials let me show you how to pack healthy and impressive lunches for the office and workplace in my Meal Prep’d e-book.
Not only does it include 70+ drool-worthy recipes you can make ahead of time, but you also get a free bonus guide showing you how to assemble those recipes into professional-grade lunches you’ll look forward to eating.
Meal Prep’d eBook
In this book, I share 70+ recipes that can be cooked ahead, stored in single-serve portions or frozen, and save you time and effort in the kitchen.
Cook once and have ready-to-eat meals for an entire week. These nutritious and filling recipes can be enjoyed as dinner or packed for lunch.
Adult Water Bottles
We can’t forget about the portable beverage containers. If it’s flavored water or tea, these bottles will keep spills at bay and the temperature just right.
A 25-ounce, insulated water bottle that looks the part of a cool office lunch and helps keep you motivated on drinking that recommended 64-ounces a day.
This nifty 20-ounce water bottle is double-walled, durable, and looks great on a desk. Not to mention it’s completely practical and can keep liquids hot or cold for up to 24 hours.
Now that you have all the adult lunch boxes and accessories you could ever use, you can get to packing those office lunches.