Much to my dismay, La Jolla Girl asked for a Pottery Barn lunch bag in a style that I find hard to pack. Not to mention that we have several lunch boxes already. But, it matched her backpack and I relented only because she was very apprehensive about kindergarten. If your child has this style of lunch bag, this panda tiered bento lunch box fits nicely inside and can hold an entire lunch (at least, for small stomachs) while creating less waste.
As you can see above, the panda bento box is two-tiered. On the bottom, we pack the main course such as sandwiches and pasta. The top has a Tupperware-like lid for fruits or other foods that might spill. Put the layers together and cover the entire thing with the panda face lid. I can’t find the band that holds it all together, but it’s here somewhere. We’re using a rubber band, at the moment, it still makes a cute kids bento lunch.
Then, just place the panda bento box inside the lunch bag, next to the drink.
And, there’s still plenty of space for other snacks and utensils. I use almost no wrap or bags to pack her lunch now.
It’s a lunch box in a lunch box, which is redundant, but it works.
(Read more about choosing a kids bento lunch box.)