This bento-style box comes with all the bells and whistles: five separate compartments, two dipping containers, a fork and spoon, an ice pack and even a colorful carrying case with a handle and pockets to hold any extras.
PRO: Large and small containers fit inside the box and allow you to easily transport wet ingredients, such as dressings and dips.
CON: Compartments are on the small side, so if you tend to pack big lunches, you’ll have to upgrade to the larger size.
THE SPACE SAVER E
Eco Vessel Collapsible Double Compartment Silicone Lunch Box Food Container 6 Cups
With two generous compartments and a snap-
in double-ended “spork” (a spoon on one end and fork on the other), this container has all the benefits of a good-size lunch box but collapses down to fit easily into any drawer or container. It’s also freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
PRO: Collapses down to just 2 inches tall.
CON: The lid can be a bit finicky to snap on.
THE SNACK LOVER
Wean Green Garden Pack Snack Cubes
Wean yourself off the plastic habit and transport your munchies in these adorable, snack-sized 7-ounce glass containers with colorful snap-on lids. Microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe, these containers are small enough to fit into your purse.
PRO: Watertight lids make transporting wet ingredients a breeze.
CON: They aren’t conducive to longer-sized snacks, such as carrot and celery sticks.
$22 per pack of 4, weangreen.com
Monbento Original Lunch Box
We love carrying around this hip-looking lunchtime number – it consists of two airtight BPA-free containers that stack one on top of the other and are held together by a snug elastic band. Plus the material is luxuriously soft!
PRO: It’s freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
CON: The white outer material can stain from brightly colored foods.
$26 to $30, williams-sonoma.com
LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel Food Container in Aqua
For smaller lunches or hearty snacks, this container is conveniently divided into three compartments. Its base is dishwasher-safe, but you’ll have to transfer food to a separate plate if you want to heat it up in the microwave.
PRO: Durable stainless steel can hold up well even when banged around.
CON: The box wasn’t designed to transport liquids.
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