The Vaya Tyffyn bento system is, without doubt, my new favorite bento box configuration. Yes, it’s a bit heavy, but you get 33.5 ounces of space, stacked in the following manner:
- 2 Inner containers (10.1 fl.oz capacity), each with partition and lid (oval shaped)
- 1 Inner containers (12 fl.oz capacity), (each) with partition and lid (oval shaped)
The outer shell of the Tyffyn has a handle and clasps that are easy to access, and it pretty, to boot. You can get this shell in a wide variety of colors, patterns and finishes. I like the basic silver, which has an almost matte look, but you can also get a polished version. The bento box system comes with an included mat, which zippers closed to be a carrying case for your bento box, with a carrying strap. This is essential, as otherwise, the box system would feel bulky and difficult to carry, for sure. Once unzipped, this ‘bag’ becomes your place-mat while you eat.
If you prefer, there’s a smaller-sized Tyffyn system that’s 20 ounces instead of the 33.5, which works well for children (mostly toddlers). Most people, I believe will prefer the larger size.
So now that you know what the Vaya system is, why do you need it? Certainly, commuters will use it to bring lunch or dinner to and from work daily, and kids can use it at school, but we’ve found uses beyond the obvious. When we road trip, the Vaya is perfect for storing snacks that need to stay cold (remember, the compartments work just as well for keeping things cool as for keeping things hot). We’ve done sliced fruit, yogurt, chilled edamame, and loose foods that don’t need to be cold, like sesame sticks and nuts. Our son takes the Vaya on long bus rides for sports and activities, and it’s great to send along with kids at kids’ clubs at resorts, where outside food is permitted.
Pick up the Vaya bento box system on the Vaya website, or find a large selection on Amazon as well. The larger system is $44, and the smaller is a few bucks less. You can add accessories such as cutlery sets that can be stashed in any bag, backpack or purse, too, to help reduce waste at fast food joints while on the road.