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Monday, August 29, 2022

Our Favorite Pill Box for Carrying Medications for Travel Vacation and TSA Tips

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Are you trying to find the best pill box for travel? Overwhelmed by all the options? The following is a comprehensive guide to our favorite pill box for travel. 

The sheer number of options out there makes going through thousands of reviews extremely frustrating. Look over the reviews of what may appeal to you, then make an informed purchasing decision. Personally we love versatility and something that fits our particular meds. This is most important for us, and after all the pill boxes we have gone through to find the perfect one, we have donated the others to a local charity so that others can find inexpensive options. The pillbox graveyard of our misses is no more and they are going to good use! 

First some important information. We get asked all the time: "What do I do with my medications when I travel to a foreign country? Do I need the prescription bottles? What if I need more medication if I am delayed? Can I travel with my medication?" Our advice is that the CDC has a great traveler’s health page to point you in the right direction of most questions. It is a great resource and we always start there. 

Here are a few tips that you might find helpful from the TSA:

  • It is not necessary to present your medication to, or notify a TSA officer about any medication you are traveling with unless it is in liquid form (See next bullet).
  • Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subject to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.
  • You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened.
  • You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage.We highly recommended you place these items in your carry-on in the event that you need immediate access. Once we read about a woman having chest pain on a long flight. She packed her medications in her checked bags! Needless to say that flight ended up being diverted for a medical emergency. Now, there's no way to be certain her meds would have changed the outcome but we still advise that you have your meds with you at all times. Also what if your luggage gets lost or delayed at your destination? 
  • TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states and countries have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.
  • Medication is usually screened by X-ray; however, if a passenger does not want a medication X-rayed, he or she may ask for a visual inspection instead. This request must be made before any items are sent through the X-ray tunnel.
  • Nitroglycerin tablets and spray (used to treat episodes of angina in people who have coronary artery disease) are permitted and have never been prohibited.

The Problem

Have you ever had trouble remembering to take your pills on vacation?

Have you ever had your pills fall all over the place in your pocket, luggage or purse when traveling because the pill box you used opened unexpectedly?

Have you ever had your pills fall out our your pocket before you had a chance to take them with breakfast?

Have any of your family members had trouble taking their medicines due to forgetfulness?

Do your earrings get smashed when you travel with them? I bet you didn’t think I would mention that!

If any of these or any mishaps with medications or more happened to you, then you should take a look at the travel pill organizer that we are going to review for you today!  

On Amazon Prime Day, I saw this medication box come up on sale and decided that I wanted to try it and buy some as gifts for others. 

This is 4 Pack Pill Case Portable Small Travel Pill Organizer and I am going to review the features of this and show what I like and don’t like about it. I will show you how some of my medications fit in it, and last, how I like to use medicine cases as a travel hack for carrying things other than medications. 

Size I love the small size of these. They are easy to carry in your pocket or bag. With smaller more manageable sizes, I feel there is more versatility for travel rather than those super large boxes that have multiple days. This allows me to organize my meds like I want to! 

First let me tell you how I organize my meds usually. I count the number of days I am going and I usually take an extra weeks worth with me of the necessities. I don’t take extra of every supplement or vitamin generally, but my really important medications, I do. I think that is important these days because of COVID and many flight cancellations. You never know what may happen when you are out of town that could delay you coming home. 

Normally I travel for a variety of days and I like to have options for carrying my meds other than the typical ziplock bag full of everything. The first thing I noticed about these is that they don’t have the 7 days like most pill organizers do. Sunday, Monday Tuesday, etc. But then I realized this allows me to organize like I want. If I take a short trip, this is great. If I take a longer trip, I can organize them like I want. Lets say I take a trip that is 12 days. I can use three of these if I organize into days and fill the extra slots with those essential meds that I always take.  OR you can fill the various slots with your daily meds and take fewer. 

Compartment sizes are pretty good. And with the variety, I can fit different pills in each slot.

The closure is very tight and I don’t worry that they will open in my bags. 

Labels. These are great for so many reasons. I use them to label loading dates for my prepackaged meds. This way I don’t have things that are years old and can reorganize or refill it at a later date. For my forgetful family members I can label the day of the week or date they need to take the meds to make it easier for them and give me more peace of mind! 

Cleaning - this cleans easily in the sink. 

What are some other things that you may use these for? 

Earrings, safety pins, bobby pins or other essentials

I store rings, necklaces and earrings in an easy-to-grab pill box when you go on vacation. The compartments keep your baubles safe, untangled, and the limited cubby space encourages packing light. 

If you find that your lipstick collection has become a bit unwieldy, pare down your selections and re-mold them into a DIY palette.

Craft minded people use these all the time to organize beads, needles, pins, threads and more.  

What sort of things do you store in pill cases for travel or anything else? Drop us a comment in the area below and let us know to share with your fellow Bloggers or YouTubers! 

How do I use these personally? I put one in my purse with my daily meds, just in case I forgot to take them at home. I put one in each car with the same. Next I use one for each week of travel. And I have one prepackaged with OTC meds like ibuprofen, cold medicine, antacids, antidiarrheals, Tylenol, mucinex, Benadryl, and more. It is always ready to go. I have one for my jewelry. And if I buy jewelry on vacation, I put it in the empty days after I have taken the meds.  So as you can see, having multiple boxes is important for me! 

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