Brown bags are fine, but it's also nice to carry your lunch inside something that offers a better glimpse at your personality -- and more protection for your perishables. Whether you're looking for a lunch box to carry to school or the office here's a look at a few good choices.
1. Terrific for tweens, twentysomethings and beyond. Too old for a novelty lunch box? The soft cooler from Thermos is fun, yet somehow sophisticated. $9.99 at Target. Also: www.thermos.com.
2. Calm, cool and classic. Leak-resistant and sturdy, the Clean Sweep ClassMate lunch box by Lands' End has a lining that can be wiped clean. There's a front pocket, too. An adjustable clip and a carrying handle make it easy to attach to backpacks or briefcases. Available in lots of colors, including red, pink and navy. It's $19.50 at Sears and www.landsend.com. To order a catalog, 800-963-4816.
3. Not so fast, Matey. Tired of having your lunch stolen? A skull and crossbones metal box will scare away thieves. Arrrrrrrrrr. $13.50 at www.amazon.com.
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4. Worth a standing ovation? Still singing the praises of "High School Musical"? A metal "HSM" box with a cute beaded handle and a picture of the oh-so-dreamy Zac Efron -- along with the rest of the cast -- may be for you! About $13. Available at national retailers, including Wal-Mart.