A couple of years ago I posted about PillPack. It was something I couldn’t quite wrap my head around trying because my pills change too often. Yet, I’ve stayed enamored with the idea of having my pills in nice little sealed baggies so that I can grab them and go. If I could just make my own, I thought, that would be the answer. My pills change too much to mess with mail-order, and I didn’t want to have to pay a bunch extra for it. Then I found PillPack…..
Disclosure: PillSuite was kind enough to send me their product in exchange for an honest review.
When I came across the PillSuite product I instantly saw something that I wanted to try. A long while ago I looked at a product called PillPack that will pack up your pills for you and ship them to your home in ready to take packets. As much as I liked the idea, I had two major issues with… 1. My supplements and meds change often. 2. They would only put 10 pills in a packet.
We travel occasionally and when we do I have to take my meds with me. I usually end up taking my standard weekly pill sorter and just putting packaging tape over the openings to make sure they don’t accidentally come open during travel. That is less than ideal. Add to that that if I want to take my pills with me to breakfast I’m literally carrying around a pocketful of pills. The ability to have my pills ready to go in sealed bags is and ideal solution that I’ve been craving for quite a while.
My medication regimen (mostly supplements) requires 12 pills at bedtime and 21-22 in the morning. That’s a lot of pills and if I can get them all in one packet that’s what I’d prefer. So, when I saw PillSuite I couldn’t help but think I might have found the perfect solution, and with a couple of tweaks I think it would be perfect. As it is, it’s still pretty awesome.
- The Suites (these are the bags that your meds are sealed into.
- The Sealer
- The Sorter
- Batteries (an important component since the sealer won’t work without them – as I found out the hard way).
So, here’s the basics of how this works. You sort your pills into the sorter just like you would any other pill sorter. The only issue is that if you take a lot of pills (as many of us spooonies do) you may find that the sorter is too small. It was big enough to hold my bedtime pills, but my morning pills required three slots.
The sorter has a cool little spout that you turn to the appropriate day. You fit the suite over the spout hole and the pills fall into the suites. Then you but the end of the suite into the sealer and push the button until the red light turns off, and you magically have a sealed little suite that you can take anywhere.
The crazy good part is that even though the sorter is too small for my morning pills I can still fit the main 17 (everything but my fish oil pills) into one suite.
Note: You do have to put the batteries in the sealer for it to work. I know I said this before but it’s worth repeating when I forgot to do it and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t sealing! LOL
The PillSuite Package
So, even though the sorter won’t hold all of my morning pills in one slot, I can still get them all in one suite, which is awesome. I often find myself running out for breakfast or lunch and if I’ve not yet taken my morning pills I want to take them with me. This makes it so much easier to just grab them and go. That said, I didn’t really use the sorter part to load my morning pills since there’s so many. I just put them in the suites by hand, then sealed them up.
The image on the left below shows my evening pills all sealed up and ready to go. The image on the right shows my morning pills (17 of them) being sealed up. As you can see they fit quite nicely into the bags.
As you can see in the images above, you can also write on the suites. A Sharpie works great, but you may want to write on them before you put the pills in. The writing space is plenty big enough to include whatever you need, whether you want to list the pills that are in the bag, or instructions for taking, or just what’s in the suite.
P.S. I really wanted to give you guys a video of how the PillSuite works and how easy it is use, but it’s much easier to use than the video function on my phone… I tried to video myself doing this twice and both times I had the camera turned the wrong way and/or missed the action. But, seriously this thing is really easy to use. The pics you see have about 12 pills in one suite, but it will hold my 17 morning pills (and seal).