1) Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies Insulated Lunch Bag
UPSIDE Child-friendly size; comes in eight fun designs; BPA- and PVC-free; stain-resistant interior; can clip onto a backpack for hands-free carrying; includes write-on name tag.
2) California Innovations Hi-Top Power Pack Plus
$7, Walmart stores UPSIDE Inexpensive; keeps food colder than the other totes; fold-down top allows user to contract or expand capacity; stain- and odor-resistant; bottom compartment fitted with removable plastic food container and lid.
3) Built Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote
$22 and up, builtny.com
UPSIDE Available in nine stylish prints; machine-washable; comfortable, soft handles; surprisingly spacious when open; PVC-free.
4) Rachael Ray Tic Tac Tote
$15, rachaelray.com (available in October)
UPSIDE Practical tote-bag style with pockets; large capacity; includes two plastic food containers and an ice pack/hot pack; leakproof; lead-, BPA- and PVC-free.
5) Columbia Wild Canyon HardBody Thermal Pack
UPSIDE Large capacity; removable hard plastic liner protects delicate foods; odor-resistant; easy-toclean, leakproof lining; padded, adjustable shoulder strap; two-zipper compartment for easy unpacking.
*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in September 2010.