Space-Wise Pill Holders

A pill holder like this takes up just as much room in your luggage when it's empty as it does when it's full.

A pill holder like this takes up just as much room in your luggage when it’s empty as it does when it’s full.

I’ve tried many methods of packing vitamin supplements and over-the-counter medications when I travel. Those plastic holders marked for every day of the week are handy, but experts warn against storing different kinds of pills and capsules together. Doing so can compromise the quality of the supplements and medications.

Another drawback is that an empty plastic holder takes up just as much room in one’s luggage as a full one does. That can mean I have room on my return trip for one less souvenir–or leftover bar of soap from the hotel room. 🙂

Zip-top hobby bags work great for vitamin supplements and OTC medications while traveling.

My solution is to use little zip-top hobby bags available at craft stores and put the same type of supplement into each bag. When I count out the exact number of each capsules I’ll need for the number of days I’ll be gone, I can see at a glance if I’ve taken my pills on any particular day.

But the best advantage of all is that the room needed for the pills grows less and less until all that’s left to bring home is a flat sandwich bag filled with flat little hobby bags. And if I need to leave the empty bags behind for some reason, I’m not out much money.

I find it helpful to group the little bags into slightly larger sandwich bags, one for my morning supplements and one for evening.

Try this idea on your next trip and see how it works for you.


Fiercely Frugal Savage Sister Diana has gathered packing pointers over the years on numerous domestic and foreign trips. Most recently, such travel is in conjunction with the publication of her latest book, 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.

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