I love checking unexpected places for bento gear. Now that I have easier access to all of those quick-snap pictures on my phone, here's some gear I scouted at Target.
The first is an actual lunch box and it's pretty darn cheap! Only $6.99 in the baby feeding section.
It's hard to tell from this picture but it has 2 sections with a large lid and a secondary lid over one compartment. It has dividers and a spot on top for a note or photo. This thing is pretty big. I didn't bust out my laser-line but it's about 10 inches by 12 inches I'd say. Larger than a standard sheet of paper for sure. You can see in the picture that the outer packaging shows a banana in one side! I wanted to try this out but Monstro doesn't have a lunch bag this beast of a lunch would fit in! It might work for "lazy day" lunches when there are no "attachments" to get jumbled around though.
The next one is a baby feeding set with individual containers that snap together. It's in with the diaper bags and travel items.
The containers snap side-to-side and then fit into that handy black insulated carrying case. One very cool thing that you (again) can't see in the picture is that the top of the carry case has a spot to secure a water bottle (or a baby bottle). Each container is roughly 3 inches by 3 inches and has a tight fitting lid. I seriously considered this one also because we have a hard time getting a drink bottle in Monstro's usual lunch bag. It's a touch on the expensive side, especially when you consider that for $16 you could get an airtight bento set with bag and chopsticks. I think the real advantage here would be for kids (or grown ups!) who don't like foods to mingle.
The last little treasure I found is supposed to be a stacking snack bin. It's made to carry formula powder, dry cereal, teething biscuits and things of that nature. I think it would make a FANTASTIC bento because it's totally clear, you can choose how many boxes to attach and each compartment keeps foods separate from the rest.
Cute right? Each little box is about 2 inches by 3 inches and clicks to the box above it with a little snap lock. It does have a little blurb on it saying it's not for use with food. Isn't that food in the picture?! If you don't carry food in it, what else would you use it for?? This one is $9.99 and will probably come home with me in the very near future!
I've also seen some great containers at Target over in the "Tupperware" section. There's a new divided cube with an ice-pack top that looks like it'd be good for an adult lunch.
What sorts of "re-purposed" items do you use for lunches?