I am slightly obsessed with bento boxes. God bless the Japanese for inventing the super-kawaii lunch boxes that can make lunchtimes a pleasure.

*Five Days of Bento video with a look at just some of my bento boxes*

While I have a fairly nice collection, I am always looking to add more, though I am also fairly practical about what I need (nothing too fiddly). Being in the UK means that proper bento lunch boxes are few and far between, and when you do find them they are normally extortionately expensive. I mainly get mine from overseas (usually Daiso in Canada or Hong Kong) although I also have a few that I bought in the UK.
Here are some of my favourite lunch boxes:

Zojirushi lunch jar

My favourite by far is the Zojirushi Lunch Jar. It comes with its own bento bag and chopsticks, and has two containers which keep food really hot until lunch time, so it's my go-to lunch box for when I make hot lunches. It's also sturdy as hell and despite being well used my lunch jar still looks impeccable. I only wish it was easier to get a hold of Zojirushi products in the UK.
 

I’m a big fan of compartmentalised boxes as I can include the mains and fruit in the same box. I bought this Sistema lunch box from Sainsburys and I like it because it’s easy to clean and it holds fairly decent portion sizes.

bento lunch box

This is from Daiso and I really love the split opening top, for no other reason than it reminds me of the wicked witch’s basket in The Wizard of Oz. Well it’s also really practical and holds decent portion sizes and I like being able to see my lunch which I think must satisfy some primal human instinct.

bento lunch

I bought this Polar Gear lunch pod on sale at Debenhams at the end of last year and really like how compact it is. I only tend to use this for cold lunches as it has a removable, divided bowl that I stick in the fridge overnight, to be popped quickly into the main pod in the morning. It has its own spoon/fork (or spork apparently) but honestly the best thing about this box is the handle; normally I use a bento bag to carry my lunch but with this I can literally just grab it and go.

bento boxes

These bento boxes were from Daiso (the band came separately) and they are so damn cute. It’s useful having two completely separate sections so there’s less chance of food getting mixed up.


I’ve never used this onigiri lunch box (Daiso) because I just don’t have the time to make fresh onigiri in the morning. This is a major regret as this lunch box is so cute that I feel obliged to use it soon.

To keep my lunch nice and cool I normally put a frozen mini bottle of Evian with the bento box but I also use Polar Gear ice packs (I bought mine from Sainsburys).

Do you use bento boxes for your lunch? What bento accessories do you use? I'd love to hear from any other bento obsessives out there.