Best Pill Boxes for Travel: Aussie Edition

Australians, we feel your pain. Although many Amazon US products have Australian listings, the products are often out of stock, or they have a price premium that is far too high. We know you’re looking for pill boxes, so we’ve hunted down the best pill organisers that are available in your market.

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What to look for in a pill box?

There are several features to look out for in a good pill box, here we’ll go over a few of those factors. Click here to just skip ahead fo the top-5 pill boxes available in Australia.

What is the construction of the pill box?

First of all, you want to know that your medication and supplement pills are contained in material that is food safe. That’s a basic requirement. You also want to know that the enclosure will provide some protection for your medication and supplements - the level of protection you need will vary based on your lifestyle, e.g. if you’re just going to keep your pills in your work backpack, you probably don’t need something waterproof. Privacy is also a factor to consider here: some pill organisers have discrete designs, while some others look more obviously like pill cases.

How portable is it?

Research has shown that travel is the leading cause of missing medication doses [1]. That’s why we think portability is essential when it comes to choosing a pill box. Some designs incorporate more travel-friendly features than others, but all the designs we’ve included in our top-5 will be fine for travel.

How does it suit my lifestyle?

As you mentioned above, all the designs we’ve selected are suitable for varying types of travel, but the devil is in the details. If you’re into adventure sports, then you want something that is super compact, strong, and waterproof, but otherwise you’d be better off with a design that’s more convenient. Price is also a consideration here.

How easy is it to refill and retrieve pills?

A pill box is something that you may need to use everyday, so it shouldn’t be a chore to use. Refilling it must be easy enough that you can do it with minimal effort at the start/end of your week, or before a trip. Retrieving pills must be even easier, especially to minimise the risk of spillage.

Top-5 pill boxes in Australia

We’ve picked out the 5 best options available in the Australian market, and we’ve tried to provide a range of options to suit different tastes and lifestyles: from stylish travellers, to adventure junkies, to a no-fuss pill case to help busy people stay on top of their everyday medication and supplements plan.

Vera Bradley Women’s Iconic Travel Pill Case

This is the same Vera Bradley design that’s featured in our US roundup, but available locally right here in Australia. Vera Bradley has set a very high bar in terms of design aesthethics and practical design with this pill organiser that will keep your pills safe, and protect your privacy in a compact fabric enclosure that looks nothing like a pill organiser.

This product is highly recommended. The only potential downside is that due to it’s compact profile, it may be a tight squeeze for very large fish oil or calcium capsules. If you don’t have to worry about that, this should be a good bet. Although it’s designed with women in mind, there are some gender neutral designs, so it could work for men as well.

Summary:

Fantastic designs for women (and maybe men), a must-have for any woman who travels frequently.

  • πŸ‘ High quality and attractive fabric enclosure.
  • πŸ‘ Very well designed.
  • πŸ‘ Eight sections for more than 1 week of pill organisation.
  • πŸ‘Ž Can't easily contain very large pills/capsules due to compact sections.


Waterproof Aluminium Tube Keychains

At a glance, this set of 10 small aluminium tube keyrings looks nothing like a pill organizer, but that’s exactly what they do, and they do a perfect job for anyone who wants to take their pills on an adventure.

The rugged and waterproof keyring containers are the perfect place to store your pills - whether it’s critical medication or even just pain relief - when you take on the great outdoors. The only downside is that this design isn’t the easiest to refill or extract pills from, so it won’t be a good idea for anyone who suffers from arthritis or any other dexterity impediment, but otherwise it should be fine.

It’s also thoughtful that the supplier has bundled 10 containers per order, because with the intended usage, your containers may get wet or dirty, so you want some spare so that you can wash and dry some.

Summary:

Adventure sport junkies - and especially watersport junkies - look no further. Even if the only pills you ever consume are pain relief, you will find this handy. At this price it's worth having around, even if just in case.

  • πŸ‘ Highly compact individual tubes.
  • πŸ‘ Very robust and waterproof.
  • πŸ‘ Inexpensive.
  • πŸ‘Ž Not that easy to refill or retrieve pills.
  • πŸ‘Ž No built-in AM/PM or day of week organisation.


Niome 7 Day Circular Case

This chic attractive slotted pill organizer stands out from the above designs in one potentially critical requirement: this pill case can contain the largest pills.

The disc shape will be a bit polarizing - some will love it, but some may not appreciate the shape which is not the most space efficient, in terms of fitting into compartments in smaller bags. But if you’re the sort of person who just likes to toss everything into the largest compartment in any bag, then this form factor is just fine.

The other reason the design may be a bit polarizing is due to the circular slot to retrieve pills. This is a double edged sword: on one hand, it’s not ideal that the slot may not be that easy to open when retrieving pills, but on the other hand that means your pills are unlikely to spill out when the case is tossed around in a backpack. This design is perhaps one to avoid if you don’t have nimble fingers, but otherwise it should be perfectly fine for most people, especially anyone with an active lifestyle.

Summary:

Adventure sport junkies - and especially watersport junkies - look no further. Even if the only pills you ever consume are pain relief, you will find this handy. At this price it's worth having around, even if just in case.

  • πŸ‘ Can contain very large pills.
  • πŸ‘ Aesthethically pleasing design.
  • πŸ‘ Low price point.
  • πŸ‘Ž Not that easy to refill or retrieve pills.
  • πŸ‘Ž Disc-like form factor may not be ideal for some small bags.


Emmabin AM/PM Pill Box

Although this design has a traditional pill organizer form factor, it is a premium design with high-end touches.

It has large capacity, both in terms of large compartments capable of containing the largest pills, and also a high number of compartments - 14 to be precise, for a twice-daily one week solution, or once daily two week solution. Although in full form this pill organiser is not the most compact, it is detachable, making it perfect for travel planning.

The flip top lids make refilling and retrieving pills a breeze, and the high quality labling is helpful for staying organised. This is especially important for anyone whose medications

These premium touches come at a premium price point, but for anyone serious about staying organised with their medication and supplements, this pill organiser is well worth the investment.

Summary:

Anyone with a significant daily medication/supplements regimen who travels frequently or even semi-frequently should seriously consider this pill organiser, especially if they have dosages that vary from day to day.

  • πŸ‘ High capacity.
  • πŸ‘ Can contain very large pills.
  • πŸ‘ Detachable design makes it flexible in terms of capacity/portability tradeoff.
  • πŸ‘ Very easy to refill and retrieve pills.
  • πŸ‘Ž Relatively high price point.


AusDeals 7 Day Pill Organiser

This design is very similar to the Emmabin design reviewed above, but this design only has 7 slots. The reduced capacity comes at a substantial discount compared to the Emmabin, which is why we wanted to highlight it as an option for anyone who likes the Emmabin but feels like the Emmabin’s price point is just a bit too dear.

Summary:

Very similar to the Emmabin, but with reduced capacity, at a significantly reduced price point.

  • πŸ‘ Moderate capacity.
  • πŸ‘ Can contain very large pills.
  • πŸ‘ Very easy to refill and retrieve pills.
  • πŸ‘Ž Lower capacity than the Emmabin may make it less ideal for longer travel.


Internationalisation note

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ US readers, or anyone who simply wants to see a much more comprehensive review of pill boxes, click here ≫ for a roundup of the best pill organisers that are directly available in the US.

We hope you found our travel pill nox guide useful. Don’t forget to drop us a note in the comments section below πŸ‘‡ if you used our guide to chose your pill box. Happy travels!

References

Here at Intrepid Wellbeing we prefer to source information from high quality, academically rigorous sources. These are the references we used to develop this article:

  1. Nair KV, Belletti DA, Doyle JJ, Allen RR, McQueen RB, Saseen JJ, Vande Griend J, Patel JV, McQueen A, Jan S. Understanding barriers to medication adherence in the hypertensive population by evaluating responses to a telephone survey. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2011 Apr 29;5:195-206. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S18481.
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