If you’ve ever tried to organize your work table, you’ve probably realized that you’ve accumulated far too many writing and drawing implements to just keep lying around. A better solution would be to buy a pencil case, so at least your favorite tools can be kept in the same place. More than storage containers, these cases can, of course, be taken with you wherever you go. But which one to choose? We’ve rounded up some of the best below.
1. LIHIT LAB Case
Simple, sleek, and pragmatic, this high-quality pencil case is an all-around winner for us. It measures almost 9½ inches long and features one main pouch that closes with two zippers, plus a side zipper pocket for quick access. You’ll find two compartments inside, one that’s the perfect size for pencils and pens, and a smaller one for keeping things like erasers and sharpeners at hand. The partition is also soft so you can fold it down if you want to use the entire length of the case for longer implements. Made of a sturdy polyester, this case is also easy to clean and will withstand daily wear and tear.
2. EASTHILL Pencil Case
If you like to carry fistfuls of pens, markers, and such at once, you’ll need a large-capacity pencil case. This is an excellent choice for its volume, interior organization, and portability. Made of durable canvas, it unzips like a suitcase to reveal a large interior space that can fit dozens of writing implements, plus a zippered mesh pocket beneath the lid. An inner flap that folds over the main area features an elastic pocket, providing a handy space to keep favorite items. Once packed and zipped, the case is still pretty compact, and it doesn’t have any unsightly bulges. It’s also collapsible—and, like many suitcases, it even features a second outer zipper you can unzip for expansion. Finally, a slim exterior pocket offers a more immediate storage option.
3. Advantus Storage Case
If you need a good container to store bulk supplies, this is a great no-fuss option. Each box features a lid with two side snaps and enough space for a multitude of pencils, pens, markers, and crayons. If you need more than one, the boxes are also stackable for neat storage. This is a particularly good option for classroom use, as kids can easily see what’s inside and open the lids without hassle. Made of hard plastic, it is also light enough to carry around but won’t break if dropped.
4. Vaultz Supplies & Pencil Box
If you have a lot of cherished supplies, you might want to consider this lockable pencil box, which comes with either a key or a combination lock. Measuring 5 by 2.5 by 8.5 inches, it is compact and lightweight enough for you to travel with. The interior features a mesh pocket and an elastic band for keeping objects in place during transit. It’s important to note that the locking system isn’t 100 percent foolproof, so this isn’t a tiny safe. But it serves as a good deterrent against unsanctioned users and an excellent safeguard from children and pets who might destroy precious items.
5. Alta Andina Pencil Pouch
This is a pricier pick than our other options, but it’s also better for the environment. Alta Andina specializes in products sustainably sourced from the Andes, and its pencil pouch is handmade with upcycled scrap cotton and vegetable-tanned leather accents (with tannins from trees native to South America). It’s also threaded with recycled plastic and finished with a bronze zipper by the top zipper manufacturer YKK. Supersoft and lightweight, the case unzips from end to end so you can turn back its sides and create a little sack, allowing you to see exactly what’s inside at a glance.