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Bento Supply Expose: Rubbermaid Lunch Blox Kit

on September 18, 2014

It’s time for another in depth look at bento boxes! Today’s lunch box is one you can get most anywhere. It isn’t Japanese box, but rather made by Rubbermaid. I’m talking about the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox Kit. Now, if you followed that link to the Rubbermaid site, you saw that there were several options in the Lunch Blox family. Today I’m going to be focusing on the Lunch Blox Kids, which is the one I own. And it looks like this:

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Now, you may be saying to yourself, “But Cristi’s colors don’t match the ones in the link”, and you would be right. That is simply because I have both sets and have had them for over a year and there are pieces that have wandered off. :o) So this is a conglomeration of what I could find, lol.

(This is normally where I would put the measurements, but Rubbermaid has so awesomely provided those on theri website, so I’m going to skip it)

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According to Rubbermaid, you would put a sandwich in the bigger bottom box, and then snacks or sides in the two top. The ice pack fits in between them and everything snaps into place. However, I have found that the bigger bottom box is plenty big for a full lunch for my girls, so I only use that when I pack their lunches. Don’t fear that the top boxes go to waste, because they don’t. I sometimes use them to pack a morning snack for the girls. And one is always in use on my counter to hold a stick of butter. It’s the perfect size, I’ve found, and the lid keeps the butter safe. (I realize I should just get a butter dish, but I’m lazy and this works out so well, so I don’t really see the point of spending the money.

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You may have noticed that I do not use these as often as I do the others. That’s true, I don’t. I personally like the stacking boxes better and find it much easier to pack those. With this box, because it’s deeper, I have to get more creative with my packing and often have to resort to stacking foods. And that’s ok, but it’s not as pretty when you cannot see all the food. It’s purely just a personal preference.

However, I do use it on occasion, like this past weekend when I made these lunches for the girls as we drove up to Grandpa’s house.

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As you can see, the box holds a decent amount of food, plenty for my under 10 daughters. If I had older children I would probably use the top containers as well. Or if I was using it for my own or Ron’s lunch. However, I would like to point out that if you stack the 3 boxes together with the ice pack, then it will not fit in a regular insulated lunch pouch. You would need a taller lunch bag for it.

The really nice thing about these is that they are so easy to obtain. You can find them easily at stores like Target, Walmart, or even your local grocers. You can also find them at Amazon. The price is slightly higher than the other boxes I have shown you, but remember that these come with a fitted ice pack. That’s a nice thing to have. You never have to worry about the ice pack sliding to the bottom of the lunch bag and not keeping the food cold.

(I’d also like to bring your attention to the Sandwich kit that has a medium and two small containers instead of just two medium. I personally would love to have those smaller containers for things like jello, yogurt, and applesauce.)

Here are other lunches I’ve made using this box.

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3 responses to “Bento Supply Expose: Rubbermaid Lunch Blox Kit

  1. Jen L. says:

    I have the Blox Kids set for all three of my kids but use them mostly for my 9yr old because of his bigger appetite. I also wish I had the smaller containers but the price was $4 for a set of 2! I can’t bring myself to buy them at that price. Maybe if I find them on sale. Maybe.

    Do your girls have trouble opening the containers? My 9yr old says that he has trouble getting the ice pack off of the sandwich box. So I haven’t been “snapping” them together but because it is a tight fit within his lunch bag there isn’t much shifting and things stay cold. Otherwise, I like this set for a larger lunch.

    • knittingdodo says:

      Yeah, I have to be careful about purchases because of price as well. And that stinks because I want to buy all the bento boxes!! 🙂 Neither girl has really complained about struggling with opening them, but I have to admit that I don’t often snap it in either. In fact, I normally put the ice pack under the box. If I was using all three containers, I would do it the right way, but since I’m only using the one it makes more sense to just put it under.

      • Jen L. says:

        Good point. I usually only use one on top that way I can still get a drink to fit in the lunch bag. Otherwise, if I use all the containers, the thermos of water has to be packed and carried separately which is kind of a pain.

        I’m looking forward to your weekly lunches post!

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