By Vicky McDonald

Cute meets useful

Going back to school after the long, lazy days of summer can be a tough time for kids. One way to help with that transition back to school life, is with some really fun and delicious school lunches. For your kids though, it's not just about the food, it's also about how it appears when they open that bag. To make your kids school lunch stand out, I've picked out some top-notch lunch gear that'll make school lunch exciting again.

Back-to-School Lunch Gear at a Glance

  • Bentgo Kids Lunch Box | To buy: $27.00 at amazon.com
  • Kaimao Bento Box | To buy: $14.19 at amazon.com
  • Bentology Leak-Proof Bento Lunch Box| To buy: $12.99 at amazon.com
  • Bentology Insulated Lunch Bag | To buy: $12.99 at amazon.com
  • Klean Kanteen with Leak-Proof Cap | To buy: $24.65 at amazon.com
  • Sistema Cutlery Set | To buy: $5.88 at amazon.com
  • Fit & Fresh Cool Coolers Ice Packs | To buy: $8.99 at amazon.com
  • Reusable Silicone Baking Cups | To buy: $7.99 at amazon.com

Bentgo Kids Lunch Box

This leak-proof bento box is microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and made with BPA-free materials. It's tough and durable, and also comes with a 2-year warranty. Your kids will love the bright colors, too. It's a firm favorite among parents on Amazon, and the perfect way to liven up your kids school lunch with lots of different compartments for snacks. To buy: $27.00 at amazon.com.

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Kaimao Bento Box.

Another great option is this 5-compartment bento box. It comes with a detachable container for soup/sauce and a matching spoon. It's dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and has a steam valve you open when heating food so you don't have to remove the entire lid. Comes in either pink or blue. To buy: $14.19 at amazon.com.

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Bentology Leak-Proof Bento Lunch Box

All the containers are removable in this bento box, making it slightly easier to clean. It comes with three lids for the containers, and all parts are dishwasher-safe, except for the lids. It comes in a variety of different colors and is made of BPA-free materials. To buy: $12.99 at amazon.com.

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Bentology Insulated Lunch Bag

This lunch bag comes with a sturdy carry handle and is fully insulated. It's got a mesh pocket inside for an ice pack and a mesh pocket on the side for a water bottle. It's made to fit an average bento box, with a little extra room for snacks in the front pocket. It comes in a wide variety of adorable patterns, and is great quality for the price. To buy: $12.99 at amazon.com

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Klean Kanteen with Leak-Proof Cap

This vacuum insulated, double wall reusable bottle will keep water nice and cold throughout the school day. It also keeps hot drinks hot in the winter months (mmm...hot chocolate). It comes in a variety of colors and, compared to other models, this bottle is easy to clean and look after. It's made of stainless steel and is a great long-lasting option. To buy: $24.65 at amazon.com.

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Sistema Cutlery Set

This set includes knife, fork, spoon, and chopsticks! They come in a neat carry case, and all implements are dishwasher- and microwave-safe. They are BPA-free and feel very solid — unlike most plastic cutlery. To buy: $5.88 at amazon.com

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Fit & Fresh Cool Coolers Ice Packs

If you, like me, worry about your kid's lunch getting warm on a hot day, these are for you. They are very small and light, so won't add too much bulk to your kid's lunch bag, but they keep everything nice and cool. They come in a variety of colors and are BPA-free. To buy: $8.99 at amazon.com

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Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

It might seem like an odd choice, but these can be real life-savers when you are trying to stuff extra things into your kid's bento box. It can help you squeeze two different foods into one compartment — making everything look a lot neater, and lets you have a variety of snacks in your bento box. As they are reusable, you can wash them in the dishwasher. To buy: $7.99 at amazon.com

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