I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
I’ve struggled for a long time to find an effective way to carry my pills with me when I travel. I’ve tried the drugstore version of pill organizers but even after trying several different kinds I’ve found that they have a tendency to break open, undoing all my organizing. When pill cases break open it means I have to spend time reorganizing, and sometimes I have to guess where each pill is supposed to go. So in the past when I’ve traveled I’ve just given up and started taking all my bottles of medication with me. This is more organized, but it does take up a lot of space which I don’t always have. So I was excited to have a chance to try the PillSuite system.
PillSuite is a system that allows you to package your pills in packets or “suites” for easy travel. Your vitamins and your medication are in a tear open, biodegradable packet and you can conveniently carry them with you. It works like many other pill sorters in that you organize your pills into groups however your prefer, but it allows you to organize a lot more pills than the traditional sorter. You don’t have to worry about stuffing in too many pills and trying to figure out what to do with the extra.
When you receive PillSuite, the package includes: 400 Suites Packets, Sealer, Sorter, and 4AA batteries.
I decided I would test this out using some of my every day medication. I often spend hours away from my house shuttling my kids around after school, and I usually just throw my prescription bottles into my purse. This has a tendency to make me jingle when I walk which can be a bit embarrassing. Not to mention that I’m constantly having to move my prescription bottle between my purse and my medicine cabinet and inevitably I lose it along the way. So I tried making packets that I could just throw in my purse when I’m on the go.
The first thing you do is take the lid off and place medication in the seven compartments of the Sorter. In this case I was only putting in one type of medication, but if you were traveling you could do a days worth in one compartment, or sort by AM and PM whatever works best for you.
Next you use the Sorter’s lid as a funnel to fill the Suites with the pills. I didn’t have any trouble funneling the pills in which was encouraging, especially considering the arthritis in my hands.
Next you slide the Suite into the sealer and hold down until it is sealed and the red light has turned off. This just takes a few seconds.
Now I have a weeks worth of pill packets that I can just throw in my purse with little effort.
When you’re finished you may want to label each of the packets so that you can keep them straight. Additionally, I was concerned that because of the sealer the packets would be hard to open, but I didn’t have any problems. They stayed sealed when I needed them to and then ripped open fairly easy when I was ready to use them.
I was impressed by PillSuite and how easy it was to manage. I prefer for all my medication to be organized and easy to reach and PillSuite looks like it can help me do that. I’m looking forward to using it when I travel.