9 Products That Will Make You Want to Pack Your Lunch Every Day

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iStock.com/Milkos

You may already know why packing lunch is a smart idea: Meals made at home are often healthier and cheaper than what you’d buy around the corner from your office. The downside is that bringing your lunch requires planning, even if it’s just setting your alarm a few minutes early so you have time to toss your leftovers in a bag. But one way to motivate yourself is to buy an adult lunch box that you can get excited about. Instead of brown bagging it, check out these unisex boxes, bags, and other tools that will inspire you to pack your lunch more often.

1. Twist & Seal "Lidless" Lunch Box

Stop spending time in the morning scrambling to find a lid to match your lunch container. This lunchbox from UncommonGoods eliminates the need for a lid altogether, instead using a flexible interior sleeve to protect your food.

After loading your lunch into the box, twist the inner membrane three times and secure it with the outer strap. The container keeps your food cool for up to six hours and hot for up to four. And it prevents spills even through your bumpiest commutes.

Buy it from UncommonGoods for $25.

2. Duo Lunch Box

Few things are more disappointing than packing a beautiful salad in the morning only to find a soggy, wilted mess by lunchtime. Separating the components of your lunch is one way to keep it fresh for hours, but that can be a hassle if you don’t have spare containers or extra space in your bag. Mepal's Duo lunchbox solves this problem by acting as two lunchboxes in one.

Store leafy greens (or a sandwich) in the bottom compartment and stash wet toppings like tomatoes up top. You can also use the upper compartment to store napkins and cutlery. For liquids like salad dressing, there’s an additional mini-container that fits inside the lid. By waiting until the last minute to toss all your ingredients together, you can be sure your lunch is as fresh as possible when it’s time to eat.

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3. Bee’s Wrap Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrap Set

Food covered in pattered wax wraps
Bee's Wrap, Amazon

This patterned plastic-wrap alternative is so pretty you may be hesitant to take it off your food. Each reusable wrap from Bee’s Wrap is made with eco-friendly beeswax and jojoba oil, both of which have natural antibacterial properties. Warm the wrap up with your hands to soften the wax and mold it around food, and then set it aside it to cool into a protective seal. Printed with illustrations of bears and bees, the wraps are washable, reusable, and, once it’s time to throw them away, compostable.

Buy it from Amazon for $21.

4. MalloMe Stainless Steel Straws

Reusable steel straws
MalloMe, Amazon

Being kind to the environment doesn’t have to mean giving up your straw habit. These stainless steel straws from MalloMe are strong enough to outlast a decade’s worth of plastic straws. Each set comes straight and bent straws in three widths, adding up to six straws in total. The pack also includes soft silicon tips to protect your lips from hot or cold liquids and two brushes for heavy-duty cleaning.

Buy them from Amazon for $12.

5. Rerii Stainless Steel Travel Cutlery Set

Portable cutlery set on placemat
Rerii, Amazon

Leave your home cutlery in the kitchen where it belongs. This portable set of utensils from Rerii is meant to travel to your office day after day. One set comes with a spoon, fork, and chopsticks, each made from high-quality stainless steel. The flatware is small enough to fit inside the small stainless steel tube, which can then be stored inside a fabric carrying case to stay safe in transit.

Buy it from Amazon for $13.

6. Lunch Box With Cutting Board Lid

This lunchbox is for those overachievers who can’t help showing off their culinary skills in the office kitchen. When strapped to the container with the silicone band, the bamboo piece acts as a lid. But when it’s time to unpack your lunch, it doubles as a cutting board. Use it for slicing up tomatoes for your salad or avocados for your toast. It can even work as a mini cheese and charcuterie plate if you’re want to throw an impromptu office happy hour (or just treat yourself to a very fancy desk lunch).

Buy it from UncommonGoods for $30.

7. PackIt Freezable Bento Box

Plastic food container and patterned bag
PackIt, Amazon

Looking for a way to pack your lunch so it doesn’t need to be refrigerated? No problem—this container comes with a freezable sleeve that chills your food all day. Just stick the colorful bag in your freezer before you go to bed, and by morning it will be ready to act as your portable fridge. The plastic container has three separate compartments for bento-style food storage, and it’s safe for the freezer or the microwave. (If you’re looking for other ways to keep your packed lunch cold, we've got some more tips here.)

Buy it from Amazon for $15 and at these other retailers:

8. Horween Leather Lunch Bag

Leather lunch bag on table
Oleksynprannyk, Etsy

Give yourself an incentive to pack your lunch by bringing it in a bag you’ll want to show off. While many lunch bags come in floral, feminine styles, there aren't very many that will go just as well with a suit and tie as with a sundress. This leather bag from the Etsy store OleksynPrannyk, meanwhile, would be an elegant choice for either men or women. The leather comes from the Chicago-based Horween Leather Company—one of the oldest continuously operating tanneries in the U.S. Each lunch bag is handcrafted and made to order.

Buy it from Etsy for $39.

9. Prepd Pack

Person holding wooden lunch box

A Prepd Pack has everything you need for a convenient, stylish lunch. It’s beautiful on the outside, with a slated bamboo case, and practical on the inside, with a spot for magnetic cutlery, a silicone mat that unfolds to give you a place to eat, and modular containers designed to perfectly fit into the box. One Prepd pack comes with one large container and two smaller ones that you can mix and match to store what you’re eating on any given day.

Buy it from Prepd for $69.

This Convenient, Comfortable Travel Pillow Doesn’t Wrap Around Your Neck

Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images
Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images

If an angry bit of airplane turbulence has recently whammed your forehead into the window, you probably have the bruises to prove that sleeping on the go can be a dangerous game. Though neck pillows can offer some security, not everyone’s a fan—some people can’t sleep totally upright, some don’t think it provides enough support, and others simply don’t like the feeling of a plush toilet seat curled around their necks.

For those people, there’s the Ostrich Pillow Mini, a tiny, oblong pillow into which you slip your hand, forearm, or elbow, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. It will stay in place and protect your head from airplane turbulence in a way that no balled-up, threadbare hoodie ever could, but it’s not just for those lucky winners (or purchasers) of window seats. You can use the pillow wherever you might be inclined to rest your head on top of your arms, including plane or train trays, piles of library books, and office desks. One Amazon customer even used the pillows as elbow pads to protect himself from unforgivingly hard arm rests.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

Since the Ostrich Pillow Mini essentially works as an extension of your arm, you don’t have to stay stone-still while you sleep. As Travel + Leisure’s Claudia Fisher puts it, “Sometimes, I even wake up from a nap to discover I’ve shifted in my sleep but brought my little arm pillow with me to support my head in its new spot.”

In addition to its main opening, the pillow has two other holes. One is a small, finger-sized opening through which you slide your thumb if you’re keeping the pillow on your hand. The other is a larger hole at the other end, through which you slide your hand if you want the pillow to stay on your forearm or elbow.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

It’s compact enough that you can easily fit it into your carry-on bag, backpack, or briefcase, and understated enough that you can power nap in public without drawing attention to yourself. The outer layer is light gray, and the inner layer comes in Midnight Grey, Blue Reef, or Sleepy Blue. You can order it for $35 from Amazon.

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Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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