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Moose
05-21-2014, 02:55 AM
This was inspired by a comment Amy made recently regarding clever travel supplies and being on a down sizing mission along with being meticulously miniaturized. I thought I was the only person on the planet that makes every effort to find a smaller way to do something. This photo is a simple start.

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Left to right is a small package of Equal tabs, yes I sometimes use chemicals. My fix is a small pill fob.
Next is a small bottle of ibuprophen. I carry half a dozen in a small pill fob.
Then is my tote bag that folds up into a key chain size package, flashlight and mini Altoids tin. I don't wear contacts but the case is great for a bit of lotion or toothpaste for an overnight trip.

Please share your minis.
Moose

Emily Shor
05-21-2014, 07:27 AM
Those pill fobs are super cool - I've never seen them before. Do you happen to know what brand you have?

I'd actually thought of decanting some pills into a mini Altoids tin but these seems even better. My only concern is the idea of carrying pills in an unmarked container. Might it be something that customs officials would look askance at? (In my case it would just be Advil and Benadryl rather than anything prescription.)

Moose
05-21-2014, 09:53 AM
Hi Emily,
I found the ones I have at REI. On line you might check The Container Store or Amazon. I've flown with them for years and they've never even been noticed let alone questioned. Below are just a couple I found.
Moose

Amazon.com: SE - Small Pill/ID Holder Keychain (Assorted Colors): Everything Else (http://www.amazon.com/SE-Holder-Keychain-Assorted-Colors/dp/B002EZT9S8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400691161&sr=8-1&keywords=pill+fobshttp://www.amazon.com/Waterproof-Airtight-Pill-Holder-Keychain/dp/B0012NL9BI)

http://www.amazon.com/SE-Small-Pill-Holder-Keychain/dp/B001167V9U/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1400691161&sr=8-3&keywords=pill+fobs

sturbridge
05-21-2014, 10:59 AM
I've seen pill fobs at all kinds of chain drugstores near the pharmacy counter.

scribe
05-21-2014, 10:59 AM
The small-sized Go Tubbs are great for pills that don't fit into something as tiny as those key fobs:

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I generally carry meds in their original blister pack, but things like vitamins that come in tubs need decanting.

Auntie Em
05-21-2014, 12:15 PM
@Moose, I almost - almost - bought a contact case before my last trip to carry a small amount of liquid makeup. Next time I won't hesitate.

dwright17
05-21-2014, 01:30 PM
I have super sensitive and dry skin, so traveling with liquids is always a challenge. I discovered on my last trip that I can take two weeks' worth of my liquid foundation in a sample cosmetic container like this one:

Amazon.com : 50 New, Empty, Clear, 5 Gram Plastic Pot Jars, Cosmetic Containers. : Beauty (http://www.amazon.com/Empty-Clear-Plastic-Cosmetic-Containers/dp/B00J7A4SAW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1400703803&sr=8-3&keywords=sample+containers)

Since you won't need 50 of them (!!!), you can got a sample from the makeup counter at a department store.

monkeylady
05-21-2014, 01:41 PM
I piggyback on the recommendation of GoTubs. They are a great size for vitamins. In another, I have filled it up with body butter for when may skin gets extra dry, either on the plane or in an arid destination. Then I also carry three clear plastic, low profile pill cases (REI has them for $.55. Pharmacy has them, too.). One is filled with sweetner. The second carries one day's worth of my medication and vitamins, in the event I have forgotten something in my daily frenzy.
The third carries aleve, ibuprophen, whatever. These little guys get tucked into a small clear OP, along with nail clipper, hearing aid batteries, a few cough drops, and two little blister packs of my allergy meds....then into my SE.

thorn
05-21-2014, 08:31 PM
I've seen those pill fobs at Walgreens.

GoStanford
05-21-2014, 08:59 PM
I agree that Go Tubbs are good for pills. If you have a Daiso store near you (Japanese dollar store, actually everything is 1.50) they sell handy stainless steel (plastic lid) and plastic containers (also plastic lid) that hold small amounts of medicine or food.

scribe
05-21-2014, 09:30 PM
Since you won't need 50 of them (!!!), you can got a sample from the makeup counter at a department store.

Check on eBay - you can get as few as three 5ml pots on there. I bought a trio with black, white and clear lids, but they're so tiny I haven't found a good use for them yet!

Espresso
05-22-2014, 04:13 AM
There are also some neat little containers that are handy for travel at Collapsible Bottle - Lee Valley Tools (http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=20052&cat=1,190,44133) and Mini Containers - Lee Valley Tools (http://www.leevalley.com/US/gifts/page.aspx?p=58218&cat=4,104,53217,58218)

Ilkyway
05-22-2014, 04:27 AM
Very funny: in the forum-overwiev it was just now saying: "smaller is better by espresso" that made me laugh considering that some say espresso being the better kind of coffee and as it is so small...

laquinob
05-23-2014, 05:39 AM
I also use the Go Tubbs like scribe. I use both the small and the bigger size for both prescription drugs and vitamins and/or over the counter drugs (like advil, etc). I can't remember if I have traveled on a plane with it but I use it daily so I can carry smaller containers. This is especially true of vitamins wherein the original containers have hundreds of pills.

TavaPeak
05-23-2014, 05:39 AM
I got a pack of mini Ziploc-style pill bags from the local drugstore. They are sturdy, and work great for everything from Advil to earrings to earplugs. The flat, squarish shape fits well in a Side Effect pocket or mini organizer pouch. They function like mini file folders, and can even be labeled.

I got some bigger bags from the bead store (a longer rectangular shape) for necklaces and bandaids. I have Moose's nifty pill fobs, but for longer trips, I keep using the pill baglets.

And about mini jars - I ask for a few when I buy face soap from Origins. They carry nice ones.

GoStanford
05-23-2014, 06:38 AM
And about mini jars - I ask for a few when I buy face soap from Origins. They carry nice ones.
I just did the same at Kiehl's during the friends/family sale. I bought several products and wanted to decant some into small containers; they gave me a few sample size bottles. This worked very well for things like face wash.

SKIMT
05-23-2014, 07:48 AM
I got a pack of mini Ziploc-style pill bags from the local drugstore. They are sturdy, and work great for everything from Advil to earrings to earplugs. The flat, squarish shape fits well in a Side Effect pocket or mini organizer pouch. They function like mini file folders, and can even be labeled.

I got some bigger bags from the bead store (a longer rectangular shape) for necklaces and bandaids.

This is EXACTLY what I do. I'd consider myself to be compulsive about minimizing. I also melted some deodorant into an old Chapstick tube to get everything down even further. I also use the contact cases for sunscreen, etc...

scribe
05-23-2014, 09:02 AM
My current travel deodorant is Lush's The Greench powder, decanted in a small plastic bottle (2" or so high) - bought after reading a thread on here about cutting down your 3-1-1 bag with dry toiletries. Not as tiny as a chapstick, but a bit less hassle to put together!

binje
05-23-2014, 09:37 AM
I like these jars - http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel/bottlesMedication?productId=10000245. For some reason, the Container Store is the only place I've found that carries them outside of a travel kit (they're not even on the Nalgene website, go figure). But they last forever, don't leak and are great for things like hair goo and thick lotions that are hard to get into/out of ordinary bottles. And they're made in the US.

dwright17
05-23-2014, 11:22 AM
I like the idea of using the Ziploc style bags for pills. It's so much easier to use a container that you can tuck into a variety of places, as opposed to a hard container! I looked the bags up on amazon. They have 2x2, 2x3 and 2x4 sizes. I'm curious about which size you all use for your vitamins and daily meds? Thanks!

eightspokedb
05-23-2014, 11:37 AM
I like the idea of using the Ziploc style bags for pills. It's so much easier to use a container that you can tuck into a variety of places, as opposed to a hard container! I looked the bags up on amazon. They have 2x2, 2x3 and 2x4 sizes. I'm curious about which size you all use for your vitamins and daily meds? Thanks!

If you live close to a craft or bead store - they have all sorts of bags/containers for beads which will work.

Also, when you are buying aspirin - some will come with a free mini pill bottle. I always look for those.

Also, check out the travel/trail size section at stores - if I see the size bottle I need I'll buy the product and dump the contents.

Vecturist
05-23-2014, 11:44 AM
Kiehl's is really good for sample packets and Sephora is great if you want a tiny container of a makeup or skincare item.

eightspokedb
05-23-2014, 03:46 PM
We were facing the first hurricane to strike my hometown, so at lunch we all made on last run to Home Depot. I was standing at the all the different sizes of batteries AAA, AA, C, D. I was trying to remember which devices used which size and how many. After the storm I came to a decision - I would never own another device that didn't run on either AA or AAA batteries (this was many years ago before mp3/cell phones). So now when we are faced with a possible power outage or go camping all I need are AAA batteries for a 15 plus year old Sony Walkman radio (which still runs super) and a mini flashlight.

For all the 'other' devices - we camp with super quiet Honda generators (also for power outages at home) - so charging up isn't an issue.

backpack
05-23-2014, 06:43 PM
I like these jars - http://www.containerstore.com/shop/travel/bottlesMedication?productId=10000245. For some reason, the Container Store is the only place I've found that carries them outside of a travel kit (they're not even on the Nalgene website, go figure). But they last forever, don't leak and are great for things like hair goo and thick lotions that are hard to get into/out of ordinary bottles. And they're made in the US.


I second Nalgene, I have bottles that are a decade old, bought right when the 3-1-1 rule went into effect.

I'd rather keep over the counter pills in blister packs for international travel, they make a really slim package.

In my EDC, those same pills are kept in Tic-Tac boxes inside a Small Pouch or inside my fabulous first Side Effect.

Prescription medicines are always in their original container because it has a mini printout of the prescription on the bottle.

The problem is not Europe, it is other regions of the world. Some countries are really strict about controlled substance, which prescription medications, are.


I have certainly gone more minimalist from a Brain Bag and Large Cafe Bag to an S19 and SCB.

However, I have had trouble replacing my Clear Quarter Packing Cube with something slimmer and....

I think the Double Organizer Pouches are just the ticket!

SKIMT
05-23-2014, 07:45 PM
I'm curious about which size you all use for your vitamins and daily meds? Thanks!

I have 2x2 for pills.

I have 2x4 for a very small first aid kit with a couple bandaids, and travel neosporin and travel hydrocortisone cream.

dwright17
05-23-2014, 07:52 PM
Thanks SKIMT!

binje
05-23-2014, 09:02 PM
I second Nalgene, I have bottles that are a decade old

I've actually broken a Nalgene bottle. It was one of the old-style polyethylene ones and did not survive being tossed in a bag from a van rooftop carrier. Unfortunately, it was quart-size and packed full of pickles, then packed in my gear bag, AND it cracked at the start of a multi-day backcountry canoe trip. I smelled like/slept in pickle juice for a week. Still like pickles, still like Nalgene (it was not a new bottle by any stretch). Will probably never need to take pickles camping again.

I like the idea of using Tic-Tac boxes for pills. I've got some small bottles from a sample prescription that I use for travel, but I think the flat+dispenser top concept is about to make its way into my everyday life. After I buy some Tic-Tacs - I'm usually an Altoids gal.

Melissa
05-24-2014, 06:29 AM
I love downsizing in every day life!! (Hence my SE is, and always will be, my EDC). But, as a noob overseas traveler (1st trip will be this summer), can I downsize my prescription pills into one smaller container? Or do I need to bring them in labeled prescription bottles? I can often go many months without serious back problems, but I understand that ALOT of Italy will be by foot. I'm afraid to be caught on vacation without my pain relief should my back go out. The Naproxen and Utram (Tramadol) aren't controlled substances, but the Soma is. I hate to bring all these bottles, but I am nervous about keeping my back uninjured this whole trip (especially if I have to sleep on a cross Atlantic jet).

monkeylady
05-24-2014, 07:33 AM
You need to carry them in a labeled container, prescription only. You van ask your pharmacist for a label to place on a mini plastic bag for your prescription. It beats carrying another container.

Rocks
05-24-2014, 09:22 AM
I love downsizing in every day life!! (Hence my SE is, and always will be, my EDC). But, as a noob overseas traveler (1st trip will be this summer), can I downsize my prescription pills into one smaller container? Or do I need to bring them in labeled prescription bottles? I can often go many months without serious back problems, but I understand that ALOT of Italy will be by foot. I'm afraid to be caught on vacation without my pain relief should my back go out. The Naproxen and Utram (Tramadol) aren't controlled substances, but the Soma is. I hate to bring all these bottles, but I am nervous about keeping my back uninjured this whole trip (especially if I have to sleep on a cross Atlantic jet).

I put all my unlabeled prescription medications in a mini organizer pouch and was never questioned last fall when I went to Europe. I went through customs in Paris and Amsterdam. I wonder if I was just lucky? None were controlled substances, but none garnered a second look, either. hm.

Ilkyway
05-24-2014, 09:55 AM
How would they tell vitamins from prescription medications? They are underpaid and overstressed. I think the main problem with medication not in its "proper" box is, that it can accidentally fall into the wrong hands. But other than that?

roadpotato
05-26-2014, 11:31 PM
Sharing my week's worth toiletry minis :) I just laid out my freebie pouch for size comparison.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/27/ymy5emun.jpg

My FAK as well

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/27/apu8y3yp.jpg

Migraine boy is a constant companion so...

These are luxury set-ups. If I'm out camping then toiletries would even be extremely downsized.

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