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#1 Old 04-10-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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I carry a Coleman Personal 8, which is an 8 quart cooler.  Some days it's not big enough.

 

Anyone recommend a slightly larger cooler?

 

Or better yet just tell me, how do you carry your lunch to work/school?  (Pictures might be nice.)

 

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#2 Old 04-10-2013, 02:01 PM
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This one, but I dont know how large it is. Way too big for me, but I'm small. smiley.gif
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000246GSE/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1365627567&sr=8-2&pi=SL75ugy4arug.jpg
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#3 Old 04-10-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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Wow!  I looked at the large version.  That's way cool and much more efficient than my cooler and miscellaneous containers.

 

Probably not big enough for me but I'll look at it.  If I could find containers that fit together snugly in my cooler I would have much better use of space.

 

Thanks!

 

Anybody else have something to show?
 

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#4 Old 04-10-2013, 03:14 PM
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Wow!  I looked at the large version.  That's way cool and much more efficient than my cooler and miscellaneous containers.

 

Probably not big enough for me but I'll look at it.  If I could find containers that fit together snugly in my cooler I would have much better use of space.

 

Thanks!

 

Anybody else have something to show?
 

I think that is the answer, to find containers just big enough for.the food, and nestle.them well. :-)
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I've recently started taking my own lunch to work - mainly to save money and because veggie options are fairly limited and usually contain lots of cheese! Which I like, but not everyday!

 

This is my lunch box: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/14703/Box-Appetit---Large-Lunch-Box

 

It's dinky enough to fit comfortably in my bag but big enough for an adequate sized lunch. But the best thing is, it has little compartments grin.gif and I'm a total nerd for things like that! I like that I can take them out depending on what I'm having. And it comes with a little fork!

 

I think it's probably a lot smaller than your cooler though! Some days I feel I could do with a bigger one too... you can never have too much mung bean casserole for lunch!

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#7 Old 04-11-2013, 06:36 AM
 
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I really tried to consolidate things this morning when I packed my lunch and snacks.  I got everything in the cooler except for the blue ice.  Things are cool in there so it should keep fine.

 

For snacking I have an apple, banana, orange (cara cara!!!), can of V8, and some nuts.  A container of beans, one of greens, and one of beets for lunch.  And then there are the eating utensils.

 

At the end of the day I might have a piece of fruit left over.

 

Sounds like a lot to eat but I'm losing weight so it can't be too much.

 

I barely got the lid on the 8-quart cooler. I'm still looking for a replacement for the cooler.
 

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http://www.keepyourcooler.com/large-lunch-box-bag.html

This site seems to be the mother lode for coolers, they even have rolling ones (ala rolling suitcases).
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#9 Old 04-17-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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So this week I've been carrying an old igloo Playmate cooler.  It's BIG!  Too BIG!  But I've been experimenting with some different foods.

 

I just couldn't get the idea of the Bento Lunch Jar out of my head that LedBoots showed in a post.  I ordered the Bento Classic version;SL-XB20.

 

I'm not certain but I think it's the highest capacity Lunch Jar that Bento makes.  It should arrive Saturday and with my Playmate cooler experimenting this week I should be ready to use it.

 

I keep realizing that the reason I need a bigger lunch cooler is that the containers I'm currently using waste way too much space.  The Bento Lunch Jar is so well organized and compact that I should have room for plenty of food in it.  It has 50oz of combined container capacity in the 3 containers.

 

http://www.zojirushi.com/ourproducts/how_and_chart/comparison_pdf/Zojirushi%20Lunch%20Jar%20Chart.pdf
 

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I love my planetbox. A little pricey though. It holds a LOT more food than you'd think!
 

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#11 Old 04-17-2013, 07:13 PM
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So this week I've been carrying an old igloo Playmate cooler.  It's BIG!  Too BIG!  But I've been experimenting with some different foods.

 

I just couldn't get the idea of the Bento Lunch Jar out of my head that LedBoots showed in a post.  I ordered the Bento Classic version;SL-XB20.

 

I'm not certain but I think it's the highest capacity Lunch Jar that Bento makes.  It should arrive Saturday and with my Playmate cooler experimenting this week I should be ready to use it.

 

I keep realizing that the reason I need a bigger lunch cooler is that the containers I'm currently using waste way too much space.  The Bento Lunch Jar is so well organized and compact that I should have room for plenty of food in it.  It has 50oz of combined container capacity in the 3 containers.

 

http://www.zojirushi.com/ourproducts/how_and_chart/comparison_pdf/Zojirushi%20Lunch%20Jar%20Chart.pdf
 

I think you will really like it. :-) You are going to be surprised how much it holds--like you said, no wasted space.

Wait till you see people's reactions! They love them. At my work we have a bunch of people using bentos now! :-)
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Also, some bento ideas. http://justbento.com/handbook/lists/bento-archive-list-3
Most are veg*n, but some omni, sorry.

And http://vegan-bento.livejournal.com/

Have fun! grin.gif
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#13 Old 04-19-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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Thanks for the links LedBoots!

 

My Classic Bento Lunch Jar was delivered this afternoon.  I want to get home and check it out.

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#14 Old 04-29-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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I used the lunch jar last week.  Worked like a champ.  Holds more food than I should eat so it's a winner.  Thanks for the recommendation!
 

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I used the lunch jar last week.  Worked like a champ.  Holds more food than I should eat so it's a winner.  Thanks for the recommendation!
 

Yay! I'm glad you found a solution that works for you. It is more fun to pack a lunch when you have something fun to put it in. smiley.gif
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#16 Old 04-29-2013, 10:15 AM
 
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I carry mine with a sore back and a great deal of bitterness in a thousand boxes in my backpack! laugh.gif

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