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What are the Different Types of Lunch Bags?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 16, 2024
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Lunch bags are handy for packing sack lunches to take along to school or work, and most people have used those good old brown paper lunch bags at some point in time. Lunch bags have come a long way, and while the standard brown paper still works great, there are other colors and many different designs available.

You can even have personalized lunch bags printed for your child or for yourself. Everyone will readily know whose lunch is whose. This style is especially handy for big families. Siblings won't accidentally grab the wrong lunch if bags are imprinted with their names.

There are also lunch bags that are more like soft lunch boxes. They are usually square or rectangular in shape and made from vinyl or plastic. Most zip closed and have a handle. Similar in style are soft-sided coolers or insulated lunch containers. These are great for keeping food fresh until lunchtime--no more soggy sandwiches or wilted fruit. Many insulated containers come complete with gel packs that can be frozen and slipped into the bag to keep food chilled.

If you prefer natural materials to paper, plastic, or vinyl, there are also environmentally friendly, canvas lunch bags available. Made from cotton, these bags can be used over and over again. You can even choose canvas bags made from organic cotton. Just like reusable shopping bags, these reusable bags are a good way to reduce paper and plastic consumption.

Most canvas bags tie closed or close with Velcro™ and have handles for easy carrying. They are machine washable and drip dry in no time at all. Not only will you avoid using lots of paper and plastic bags, you will save money over time because you will not run out of bags and have to purchase more. These canvas bags are very durable and they can be conveniently folded up and slipped into a backpack or even into a pocket after use.

Sometimes lunch bags pack more than lunch. Paper sacks, soft lunch boxes, and insulated bags are also used as promotional items. They can be imprinted with a company name and logo, advertising a business or a product or service. Since they are so practical, people use them often, getting the company's name out into the public.

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Discussion Comments
By anon87340 — On May 29, 2010

There is a whole new type of lunch bag out! Pack It is a company that makes these really cool new lunch bags that have the gel built into the liner of the bag. The bag folds up really compactly and the whole bag stores directly in the freezer until you are ready to use it. They are awesome!

They keep your food cold for up to 10 hours! Oh and there is a cool wine bag that works the same way! Very cool idea. Check them out online.

By anon15158 — On Jul 03, 2008

There's a great kids lunch bag from a company called Project Kool. It was started by a young boy in New York for kids to fight Global Warming. We got two of the bags from my sister and we are bringing them into our school through a fundraiser.

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