The 4 best plastic containers for effortlessly transporting food

Because the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers

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If you’re traveling to and from different houses on Thanksgiving with your cooking in tow you’re going to want safe, reliable food transportation options. Have you ever seen what happens when your backseat is covered in gravy? Let’s hope you never do! More so, you don’t want to find yourself rifling through your cabinets for containers—while resorting to using pickle jars and plastic bags to carry your tasty treats. That’s no fun for anyone.

That’s where Tupperware reusable plastic food containers come in, but not all of it is created equal. Actually, there are lots of good containers sets out there—and loads more not-so-good ones. Buyers should seek airtight, leak-proof, and BPA-free container sets. And, you know, it doesn’t hurt if they look nice, either.

Here are our top picks:

LIFT’s Certified BPA-Free Reusable Microwavable Meal Prep Container — 7 Containers

This set (with lids) comes with seven containers as well as an e-book. With nearly 3,000 five-star reviews, this best-seller is an undeniable steal at just under $20. Better yet? They’re BPA free and made with safe materials. They can be microwaved, washed and frozen — and they come with either single or double compartments. Take your pick! Pro-tip: If you’re making tons of veggies for Thanksgiving, you could keep them all separated with the dual-compartment options.

Oh, and just in case you’re not sure why BPA-free matters, here’s a quick run-down, courtesy of

"BPA stands for Bisphenol-A, an estrogen-imitating chemical used to produce reusable plastic produtcs….reportedly having health effects on humans, specifically in the fetal and infant stages."

Rubbermaid’s TakeAlongs — 40 Piece Set

This set is fantastic, inexpensive and long-lasting. Plus, it’s got 40 pieces, which means you could bring everything with you know matter how big or small — a tub of butter, turkey gravy for the whole family, and ham for days.

In addition to their low cost and longevity, the Rubbermaid TakeALongs have ridged lids, so they can be easily stacked in your cabinetry. At just shy of $10, you can send everyone away with take-away foodstuff without being left in the lurch.

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California Home Goods’ 3 Compartment Reusable Food Storage Containers — Set of 10

There’s nothing better than leaving Thanksgiving dinner with a little of everything you love (no thank you, cranberry sauce, but hello potatoes, meat and pecan pie!). With these super efficient (and quite adorable) three-compartment storage containers, you can send everyone away with a la carte leftover options of their own choosing.

This set of 10 California Home Goods containers is affordable (right under $30), BPA-free, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

OXO’s Good Grips LockTop Container

If you’re transporting soups or other liquids, you need a container that won’t come apart or leak—at all. Inter-locking tabs will be your Turkey day life-saver. Not even a hungry kid could pull that lid off before you’re ready to serve dinner! These come in tons of different sizes and are all very affordable, BPA-free, and warp and stain resistant. Oh, and you have a choice between white and green lids.

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