My kids have been using bento boxes for years. Theirs has three compartments and comes with cute stickers with which to customize their boxes. But they’re made of plastic, and after three years of holding their school lunches and summer camp snacks, it’s time to replace them.
Margot to the rescue. She recently discovered PlanetBox’s stainless steel bento boxes with attached flip lids (no more rummaging around for the covers!). They are pricey, though; they come in three sizes, and the mid-tier option—the Rover, my favorite—is $55.95. (Our old bento boxes cost about one-fifth of that.) But before you click away and write them off as a kooky unnecessary indulgence, take a closer look—and you may just start to see them instead as investment pieces.
Above, L to R: Two other sizes are available: the Shuttle (the smallest size) and the Launch (the largest). Go here for a comparison of the three styles.