Best Food Storage Containers

Best Food Storage Containers

Of course you’ll need something to store and transport all of your delicious picnic food in – and that’s where you want the best food storage containers!

You’ll find plastic food storage containers in all shapes and sizes, for storing everything from snacks to fruit to sauces and condiments.

There are items to suit all budgets, but again I would caution that if you buy too low priced plastic food containers it will often end up costing you more in the long run, as cheaper plastic food containers are more prone to splitting, cracking or staining.

It’s also best to look for plastic food containers with no nasty chemicals either – with a BPA free certification. This is a big concern for me as a mother.

Glass food storage containers are oven, freezer and dishwasher safe, and can be used over and over.

If you’re trying to cut down on your plastic use there are many sustainable options also, from those made with recycled materials to bamboo food containers. Or how about a retro-cool and durable metal lunchbox?

On this page I offer other fun food storage idea in the shape of fantastic lunch boxes.  Here you can buy options like bento boxes for portioning your food or just keeping different meals separate! 

Take a look at some of the options on offer below in our round up of the best food storage containers!

2021's Top Lunch Boxes
& Best Food Storage Containers

Besthouse Snack Storage Container 4-Piece Twist Lock Stackable Storage Jars...
101 Reviews
Besthouse Snack Storage Container 4-Piece Twist Lock Stackable Storage Jars...
BEST BPA FREE PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS: Twist lock system and stackable storage jars.4 different size jars. Each has seperate lid. My hubby loves his as it fits in his backpack for work, full of pasta, a soup, hummus, yogurt & more!
Pyrex Cook and Heat Cook & Heat Set of 3 Rectangular Glass Food Containers...
81 Reviews
Pyrex Cook and Heat Cook & Heat Set of 3 Rectangular Glass Food Containers...
BEST GLASS FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS: 3 plates of the same size: practical for planning daily meals and stackable in the fridge and freezer. Cook and store your 3 individual meals on a plate. Side handles & steam vents for safety. Microwave them, fridge them, freeze them!
Luna Eco-Friendly Bamboo Lunch Box with Bamboo Cutlery | 10% of Profits Go...
50 Reviews
Luna Eco-Friendly Bamboo Lunch Box with Bamboo Cutlery | 10% of Profits Go...
BEST ECO-FRIENDLY BAMBOO LUNCH BOX: TAKE A STEP TO REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT - Made from sustainable and ethically sourced bamboo fibre, the Luna Eco lunch box is 100% biodegradable. It is the perfect eco-friendly alternative to reduce your disposable plastic waste. Includes bamboo cutlery
ILOME Lunch Bento Box with Stainless Steel 3-Tier Leak-Proof Stackable...
26 Reviews
ILOME Lunch Bento Box with Stainless Steel 3-Tier Leak-Proof Stackable...
BEST BENTO BOX - Love this stacking design and fact we get a strong carry bag as well. Includes spoon & fork. Keeps food warm for 2 hours!
Mintie Snug Leakproof Stainless Steel Lunchbox Set - Bento Box, Tiffin, Eco...
68 Reviews
Mintie Snug Leakproof Stainless Steel Lunchbox Set - Bento Box, Tiffin, Eco...
BEST METAL SNACK/LUNCH BOX: 1.2 LITRE STAINLESS STEEL LUNCHBOX SET with Movable Divider, Snack Pot , Silicone Band and Cotton Lunch Bag . Perfect for Kids Packed Lunch , Meal Prep , Indian Tiffin Box or Salad Box. And reduces your plastic waste too!
Collapsible Silicone Food Storage Container with Lid, Portable Lunch Bento...
293 Reviews
Collapsible Silicone Food Storage Container with Lid, Portable Lunch Bento...
BEST PLASTIC FOOD STORAGE CONTAINER SET:BPA free silicone which is non-toxic, tasteless, odorless, non-stick, and easy to clean. The material has a temperature tolerance range of -20 ° C ~ 220 ° C. And they are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Compared to old-fashioned heavy glass containers, those space savers are lightweight and easy to carry.
MUSTARD - Retro Gamer Lunch Box with Compartments Incl. Plastic Cutlery I...
418 Reviews
MUSTARD - Retro Gamer Lunch Box with Compartments Incl. Plastic Cutlery I...
MOST QUIRKY LUNCHBOX: Great gift for a gamer or retro cheese lover! This gamer lunch box has a divider to take two meals in one box. Clip lock to be secure & BPA free
TUM TUM Nesting Snack Pots for Kids, Snack Boxes for Kids, Kids Lunch Box...
749 Reviews
TUM TUM Nesting Snack Pots for Kids, Snack Boxes for Kids, Kids Lunch Box...
TOP KIDS LUNCHBOX: So much choice here however in our family we take these cute nesting kids food storage boxes. Come in 3 cute designs, when they have finished eating stack them into one for ease.BPA free plastic

BPA Free Plastic Food Containers

BPA (Bisphenol A) has been been linked to high blood pressure, effects on the brain and even cancer. I would always check when I’m buying plastic for a BPA free version, and it’s no exception with water bottles!

Plastic containers are great for kids as they’re a sturdy, cheap and cheerful school-lunchbox option! They also come in a huge variety of sizes and options, from specially sized versions to stop your sarnies from getting squashed, to stackable, space saving tubs for smaller snacks.

My absolute faves are Sistema – they’re my go-to for BPA free plastic food containers!

Glass Best Food Storage Containers

These are so versatile! What I love most about them is that you can use them for EVERYTHING – from freezing to microwaving to cooking in the oven.

They’re available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and I particularly like the Kilner range for salads, overnight oats and cold soups (mmm gazpacho anyone?!) or even a portion of yoghurt!

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Lunch Box

Bamboo Lunch Boxes are generally made from fully compostable bamboo fibre – focusing on sustainability and allowing you to reduce the amount of single use plastic in your life!

They often include partitions for food and bamboo cutlery too, and come in a range of absolutely gorgeous designs. Sustainability and style – you’re spoiled for choice!

Bento Boxes For Food & Portion Control

Like to be organised? Or practicing portion control? Bento boxes are the perfect solution.

With different sections and compartments for separating your food and snacks, you can avoid foods mixing or leaking on to one another (no more soggy sandwiches!) and options with a double or triple layer mean you can keep strongly flavoured foodstuffs away from others.

Metal Snack Boxes

The original lunchboxes! Sturdy and easy to clean, metal lunchboxes are another long-lasting and sustainable option. They’re also pretty retro cool IMHO!

You can choose from a variety of sizes and types, from simple, roomy one-pieces to compartmentalised bento-box options.

Best Food Storage Containers Sets

Great value – usually its cheaper to buy containers in a set! You can also pick a pack with a handy range of sizes for various different snacks and foodstuffs.

I love ones that fit neatly inside each other when they’re empty, it makes things so easier when you’re clearing up to go home, or for storage. Collapsible silicone options are great for this too.

Fun, Retro and Quirky Lunchboxes!

Want something a bit fun or different that expresses your personality? There are some awesome fun and funky lunch and snack box options out there!

My hubs has had his eye on the Stanley lunchbox for a while now…I even like its iconic retro-cool look myself! I’ve recently bought the Suck UK Robot for a birthday gift last year (filled with treats for the recipient!) and also the Rocket Option which isn’t pictured. They’re a great company – I hadn’t actually heard of Suck UK until I came across their quirky bearskin blanket – see more about it on the blog!

Best Food Storage Containers and Lunchboxes for Kids!

Fab lunch and snack boxes for your little ones! It’s amazing how fun and colourful presentation can help encourage kids to eat up – I think bento box styles are perfect for this as they stop everything from getting mixed up and allow little ones to graze, picking and choosing as they go along! It also allows for a lot more variety in their lunchbox.

Check out our Picnic blog section for some great snack ideas for kids!  Also we offer some more lunch box ideas in our lunch totes review page.

Quickly before we go into recommending picnic seating here are quick links to our other picnic essentials on the site.  If you have all these you are sure of the perfect picnic!

Can you think of another essential picnic items I need to include? If so drop me a line in the comments.

Last update on 2021-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API