Back to School, Back to Lunch: Cool Lunch-packing Gear

by Wendy Copley on August 17, 2010

It’s back to school week here on Wendolonia! I’m going to be bringing you a new article  focused on lunch-packing every day this week.

Today’s topic:  Lunch Packing Gear

I’ve written quite a bit about the boxes I use to pack my kids’ lunches, but I thought I would highlight some newer lunch packing products that have piqued my interest:

Laptop Lunches 2.0 Bento Kit

Laptop Lunches released a new line of their Bento 2.0 kits earlier this month and I’m dying to get my hands on one. I’ve been using and loving our original Laptop Lunches kit for over a year now. I like the fun colors and the cute bags that come with these new sets but what’s really cool are the reconfigured inner boxes. Three of the boxes have lids now and you can also buy an additional set of Bento Buddies that allow you a lot more flexibility when packing lunches.

Lucky Cat Bento Box

We already have a Panda box in this shape, but my cat-loving kids would go nutso for this Lucky Cat Bento Box. Plus, it’s red! So cute!

Eco Lunchbox Three-in-One

Eco Lunchbox makes this cool stainless steel box that’s kind of a cross between a stacking style bento and a traditional tiffin. It has two layers that are the perfect size for a kid’s bento, plus a smaller box that can be used inside the box to contain wet stuff or outside the box to hold an extra snack.

Totoro Bento Box

Our whole family loves the movie My Neighbor Totoro, and I’ve had my eye on this Totoro Bento Box for quite a while now. It’s just the right size for a preschool lunch and it comes with handy removable inner cups too.

So Young Mother Lunch Box

I love, love, love this scooter lunch box from So Young Mother! In theory, I have my eye on it for my toddler who is obsessed with our neighbor’s Vespas, but honestly I’d be perfectly comfortable carrying my lunch in it too.

Star Wars Cookie Cutters

These Star Wars Cookie Cutters have been around for awhile now, but I can’t get them out of my head. They make the best looking sandwiches, and they’re sized just right for a bento box lunch. Check out this fantastic Darth Vadar lunch that Melissa from Another Lunch made with them! The red honey stick/light saber gets me every time.

Niko Niko Face Punch

I love the face punches I’ve been using for bentos, but this Niko Niko Face Punch set is somehow even cuter than the ones I have! Use the punches to decorate sandwiches, rice balls, or just about anything.

Want more ideas for bento gear?

Here are a few other places to look for bento gear:

Amazon:

Amazon has really stepped up their bento offerings in the last few months! I have assembled an Amazon store with some of my favorite bento box supplies and a few bento related books, or you can also just dig around on Amazon on your own to see what you find.

J-Box:

J-Box also has a huge collection of bento supplies at their store in a range of prices. Some of my favorite boxes are from their store.

I should probably mention that I have affiliate relationships with J-Box and Amazon. If you follow my links to those stores and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of the purchase and you will be helping to support this website. Thanks!

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  • Hey Wendy! Thanks for the shout-out! 🙂

    So what face punches do you have? I have a set just like the one you pictured – different expresions, but they are that same size/brand/line whatever. I've had a tricky time incorporating them.
    Is there anything besides nori that can be used with them? My girl, who eats everything, is not enjoying the nori. “ooh, mama, thanks for my happy smile face!”…then she eats it and is all “ack, yucky! Mama, those smiles are gisgusting!”. LOL

  • Denise

    I just wanted you to know that I found your blog a couple of months ago and am absolutely in love with your snack and lunch Bento ideas! I had never heard of them before your blog. Unfortuneatly, my son, at 15 years of age thinks they may not work for him:) He does take a lunch to school, but he thinks taking a Hello Kitty Bento box might attract attention:) My daughter is headed of to Cosmetology school in September and will still be packing a lunch and snack and I have promised her I will do this a couple of times a week:) I shared your blog link on my blog the other day and showed my bloggers my first attempt at a Bento snack box:) Anyway…just wanted to say THANKS!
    Denise
    http://www.dancinglydenise.typepad.com

  • Ha ha! That's so funny! I've had similar conversations, of course.

    You can see the set I have in this post: http://wendolonia.com/blog/2010/01/08/the-week-

    I've only ever used nori with them and as far as I can tell, Wyatt always picks it off before eating it. I've heard other people use lunch meat in the punches, but I haven't tried that myself so I'm not sure how it works.

    Now that I'm thinking about it, I want to try it though, so I'll tell you what I find out.

  • I can't believe your 15yo son doesn't want to take a Hello Kitty lunch box to school! What's wrong with kids these days. 😉

    So happy you've embarked on the bento journey though. I think you might find it addictive!

  • I want to use it with fruit leather, but I'm afraid it will just gunk them all up!

  • I love these! You have great taste!

  • Meems

    Have you seen PlanetBoxes (http://www.planetbox.com)? I just got some for my kids. I like that they are not plastic and that all my kid has to do is open it up and the food is readily accessible. I feel like the separate compartments will help me pack more well-balanced lunches — main, fruit, veg, etc. Downside is that they are on the heavier side and are a bit pricey.

  • Kleikin

    Just wondering what kind of lunch box you would reccommend for a bento that need to stay upright? I am just starting out by packing my 2 year old lunch for preschool and realized the lunch box I got for him is going to make everything fall to the side, oops! I have a sassy food box I am useing for him. What is your favorite size box for a 2 year old? Thanks so much for inspiring me to put more thought into my 2 year olds lunch!

  • Siduri

    Ooh, the eco boxes look really cool!

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