There are lots of other boxes, such as the Goodbyn, Laptop Lunches, and EasyLunchboxes, that I don’t have. Well, that’s not true…I HAVE a Goodbyn, it’s just huge and I haven’t gotten up the nerve to use it.
2. Now that you have your box, you need something to carry it in! There are zillions of bags out there. Some bento boxes even come with a bag! Here are a couple of things to consider when you are looking for a bag.
Where Do You Get Your Supplies?
If you are lucky enough to live in a big bento city, like San Francisco, you may have a lot of local options! I have found one store in my area that sells true bento supplies. To find it, I just googled my city's name and "bento". But, I have purchased most of my supplies online. One of my favorite bento websites is www.allthingsforsale.com. Another good site is www.jlist.com.
You can also think outside the bento box for bento supplies! One of my favorite boxes to pack in is actually from Babies R Us! You can also find a lot of great bento supplies (silicone cups, seasonal cupcake picks, cookie and fondant cutters) at your local Michael's, Jo Ann Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby -- Don't forget to take your coupon!!
Which Boxes Are You Packing In?
Sometimes it's difficult to tell which box I am using. So, I'll try to remember to mention which box on each post. Here is a picture each:
My girls are 8 years old (3rd grade) and 6 years old (1st grade). I am blessed that I have very good eaters. I only pack foods they like (i.e. Haley never gets oranges in her lunch and Avery almost always has some form of PB&J) but luckily, they like a lot so that still leaves me with lots of options. They almost always eat everything I pack. When they don't, it's usually that they got too chatty during their lunch break and didn't have time to finish. Even when that happens, my oldest will usually finish her lunch at the afternoon snack time. The amount I pack seems to be just about perfect for their appetites.