Looking for a use for those empty pill bottles you just can’t bear to throw away? Well, we’ve got a prescription (ha!) for you.

If you’re like us, you keep empty pill bottles around because you know there must be a good use for these small, lightweight, secure and durable bottles. Since Ann has quite a few prescriptions to treat her chronic illness, we often find ourselves with a whole bag of them. So, we put our minds to work, and now those empty pill bottles are an indispensable part of our packing list when we travel.

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Here are five useful ways you can use empty pill bottles when you travel:

1. Keep coins organized in empty pill bottles

You know that feeling when you’re trying to park in a city and you realize you don’t have any coins for the meter? You can say goodbye to the gut-wrenching sensation of being coinless at your perfect parking spot when you keep a small bottle of quarters, nickels and dimes in your glove compartment. You’ll feel like a pro when you aren’t searching for change for the meter–just open the bottle, take out two or three coins, and off you go. The best part? It’s easily refilled when you get change in the drive-thru.


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2. Cuticle oil keeper

Travel can be tough on nails, so Ann never leaves home without a bottle of cuticle oil. These bottles are often made of glass, though, and we are afraid they might break. Even if they don’t break, we still fear leaks. So now she drops these products into a pill bottle. Not only does a pill bottle help contain any potential leak, it also helps prevent them by protecting the cuticle oil bottle from other items in her bag. Plus, it’s a great way to hold the bottle while applying the oil in a car or to protect furniture from a small oil ring when applying at home or in a hotel.

3. Pack along laundry detergent

We always bring powdered laundry detergent with us when we’ll be gone more than a couple of days. You never know when you’ll want to wash something out in a hotel sink or even do a load of laundry at the hotel or a laundromat. We’ve taken detergent in plastic bags before, only to have those bags tear or open unexpectedly in our suitcases. Ugh! But we have found that a pill bottle provides secure, dry storage. We will often bring two or three pill bottles, each containing a scoop of detergent. It is also a much more economical way to take detergent than buying travel size packages.

4. Travel sized spray bottles

We have a love-hate relationship with those $0.99 travel-sized spray bottles. We love the convenience of taking along just the right amount of liquids we can’t live without but hate the fact that those same bottles are prone to leaks that will ruin your day. But when you put them in a pill bottle, you have all kinds of insurance against in-make-up bag spills. Now they ride securely, nothing pressing against their fragile sides or accidentally triggering their spray nozzles.

For protecting your dry shampoo or hair spray, you might need a larger bottle. Ann takes potassium which comes in some of the largest bottles we’ve ever seen. But an empty fish oil supplement bottle or multi-vitamin bottle would also work just fine. (Note: The toiletry bag is Ann’s fav from Cinda B.)

5. Keep your jewelry in empty pill bottles

When we are on a cruise or staying in a hotel and we want to go to the pool, we take off our rings and other jewelry and put them in the safe in the room. The problem with in-room safes is that they are often low to the ground and dark inside. If you put your rings in them, it’s easy to miss them and accidentally leave something behind. But a pill bottle is much easier to see. Not only is all your jewelry together, it’s also hard to miss.

As you can see, pill bottles have quickly become an essential item on our packing list. The more we use them, the more uses we find. Do you have any uses for pill bottles when you travel? Let us know in the comments below.

 


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  • We were supposed to be in Rochester, Minnesota, this week for Ann to see a cardiac sarcoidosis specialist about some recent issues with her heart. Of course, we did not travel to Rochester for her scans and doctor visits because of the coronavirus outbreak.⁣
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Instead, her cardiologists called her from their homes and her scans and tests will likely be delayed until June or July. We'll keep in close touch with them if anything changes, as well. We are so grateful for all of the healthcare professionals who are continuing to work crazy hours from home as well as in our hospitals around the world.⁣
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This is such an unprecedented and stressful time for all of them. Words will never be enough to convey our gratitude for the roles they are playing in the battle against this deadly virus while caring for those with other diseases and illnesses at the same time. ⁣
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Every healthcare provider we've talked with in the last two weeks has had the same message for those of us who don't have to go to work at a hospital. ⁣
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Just. Stay. Home.
  • Yesterday was Day 16 of social isolation for us. Because of Ann's underlying heart condition and suppressed immune system, we've cooked all our meals at home (no takeout). We've starting to get more and more creative as time has gone by. ⁣
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Last night, we made chicken and shrimp vindaloo and learned online how to make homemade naan.⁣
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It wan't as good as our favorite Indian restaurant, The Oven, but it did satisfy the craving we've had for Indian food. ⁣
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What are you craving these days?
  • We moved our living room furniture around this week and put two swivel chairs near the sliding glass door. Each day, we take time to turn around, rest our minds, enjoy in the view, and just be. #webelieveinhome
  • Our daughter, Meghan, is a cardiac ICU nurse. Despite all of the current uncertainties in healthcare during this pandemic, early this morning she put on her scrubs and went to work a 12+ hour shift. 
She is not alone. Across the country and around the world, healthcare workers are putting the safety of themselves and their families at risk to help others. It's what they do. Every. Single. Day. 
We are incredibly grateful that there are selfless people like this in the world and we pray for them and we hope you'll join us. 
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  • Trying to decide where we’ll travel this weekend. Covered porch? Living room? 😉
  • We are staying home. 
We've been here for almost a week now because Ann is one of "those people." You know the ones. Those people with an underlying health issue. Those people with a suppressed immune system. One of those people who could become seriously ill, need hospitalization, and even die if exposed to the coronavirus.  Those people need your help to stay safe and live. And all you have to do is stay home when you don’t NEED to be out.

Over the past few days, we’ve seen photos, videos, and witnessed first hand people of all ages (but mostly young people) gathering in groups for what us mid lifers would consider “non essential” reasons: birthday parties, movies, youth sports practices, St. Patty’s Day celebrations at the bar, spring break at the beach, and the like. 
We don’t understand it. 
We try not to judge. 
But just for a time during this worldwide pandemic, could we ask people who are participating in non-essential activities to consider who “those people” most at risk really are?

Those people are already battling serious illnesses.

Those people want to see their grandchildren grow up.

Those people need to do their jobs as nurses and doctors.

Those people are first responders. 
Those people run the grocery store, and the pharmacy, and the gas station. 
Those people pray for you and your generation. 
And what about those other people? 
The ones you know.

Those people who made sacrifices to meet your needs.

Those people who took care of you when you were sick.

Those people who went to your games and cheered you on. 
Those people who taught you in school.

Those people who helped you pay for college.

Those people who cooked your favorite dish for you.

Those people who taught your Sunday School class.

Those people who have forgiven you.

Those people who will always love you unconditionally.

We keep wanting to scream, “It’s not about you, it’s about those people!” But the truth of the matter is, IT IS ABOUT YOU. 
You have the power to help.
You have the power to influence others.
You have the power to flatten the curve.

And by not changing your behaviors, you also have the power to harm. 
How will you choose to use your power?j
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