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School lunch boxes have come a long way. Back in the day, the square tin was in, and environmentally unfriendly paper bags were also popular but prone to tearing and leaking. Now, lunch bags and boxes are made softer yet durable, featuring quick-to-clean interiors, easy-open access, and even separate compartments for holding ice packs to keep perishables cool, or saving sandwiches from being smashed. Read on for the top picks in snack savers and meal movers.

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Little tykes love toting lunch bags emblazoned with their favorite Disney characters, Nickelodeon shows or Lego designs, and many of these major kids' brands feature easy-open zippered tops, separate sandwich compartments, and fully insulated interiors to help keep food chilled. Beatrix lunch bags and boxes display irresistibly cute graphics on laminated canvas for easy cleaning, while Fluf provides food-safe linings in 100% organic cotton bags. Built NY offers the Munchlers line of animal-shaped containers for the youngest customers, and Skip Hop specializes in creature crafting, too: Its vertical Hop Zoo lunch sacks are generously sized and cheerfully decorated. FreckleBox personalizes its lead-free tin lunch boxes with your kid's name (so put away that black marker), and if you want plenty of room for an ice pack, full meal, drink and utensils, choose Thermos Novelty Soft Lunch Kits.