First Impressions: In A Pikle

Late last month I had the great fortune of being able to attend Swiss Days, a craft fair held annually close to our family vacation home in Utah.  We’ve never actually been in Utah when the fair is held and I was excited to see what the buzz was all about.  I had no idea how packed it would be, even though I chose to make my visit very early on the first day.  The crowds kept me from lingering or getting very close to any of the booths, with the exception of one that stood out to me – the In A Pikle booth.  I first heard about In A Pikle many months ago when someone left a link to the website on my Facebook Fan Page.  I was intrigued by the concept and made a mental note to investigate further at some point down the line.  Once I saw the booth at Swiss Days, I decided to purchase one of the kits for review.

As some of you may already know, I have my own little bag of necessities I like to keep in my purse, which I call my Walking Pharmacy.  I call it that, because it basically contains all of the just-might-need-it items I would run into a pharmacy and grab in a pinch.  In A Pikle is designed to function in a similar manner, except that it comes stocked with some basic items instead of picking and choosing for yourself in your own pouch, case, or bag.  Let’s take a closer look at what came in my In A Pikle box:

pikle1I picked the Dill Pikle in the paisley print complete with the Starter Pak.  The Pikle comes unassembled with the cover, three interior bags, the Starter Pak, and instructions on how to pack it.  I like that you can assemble and pack the Pikle yourself.  In A Pikle sells six different Refill Paks to suit your individual needs.  It’s also possible to order replacement items individually (or à la carte as they say on their website).  You can, of course, fill the Pikle with your own items as well.

pikle2The cover is constructed of a mess-proof laminated fabric with (and I’m guessing here) a nylon interior.  It has two snaps, which secure the three interior zip bags included in the Starter Pak and a few elastic bands to secure larger items.  An adjustable outer flap secures the Pikle with a magnetic closure.

An interesting anecdote – on my way home from the fair, I saw our good family friends taking a walk and I pulled over to chat.  I showed them my new Pikle purchase and my friend Lynne remarked how it reminded her of emergency kits they used to make in the Relief Society out of hot pads, snack bags, and buttons to close.  When I started perusing the In A Pikle website in more detail later on, I read that those very hot pad creations were the inspiration for the Pikle.  It’s a small world after all!

pikle3Here is what is included in the Starter Pak:

1. Adhesive Bandages | 2. Sricky Notes | 3. Pen | 4. Pill Box | 5. Emery Boards | 6. Floss/Mirror | 7. Hand Sanitizer Pen | 8. Spot Remover Pen | 9. Travel Tissues | 10. Screwdrivers, Bobbie Pins, Saftey Pins, Paper Clips, Rubberbands, & Hairbands | 11. Scissors | 12. Tweezers | 13. Clippers | 14. Tailor Tape | 15. Sewing Kit | 16. Wet Wipes

pikle4I packed my Pikle per the handy directions included.  It’s extremely easy to assemble and takes only a minute or two to fill.  The clear zip pouches make it easy to see the contents.  I love how the Pikle implements micro-organization, making it a breeze to locate what you want in a pinch without having to rummage through an open style pouch.  Having the Starter Pak is great if you’re not sure what you want to keep in your Pikle.  Once you start using it you can see what items you reach for, which ones you can pull out, and what you might like to add.

pikle5Once packed with all of the items in the Starter Pak, my Pikle is pretty stuffed.  It closes easily enough, but I think it would be a challenge to fit in additional items without removing some first.  I like that the Pikle comes with a handy zipper on the back to securely store valuables, change, or even money and credit cards.  As much as I like the Pikle, I still would choose to carry my own Walking Pharmacy in my purses, because I personally prefer to keep a pouch that is entirely enclosed in my handbag and I like the flexibility of my own options as opposed to the relative rigidness of the fully packed Pikle.  That being said, I think the Pikle would be great to keep in a desk office, a gym bag, school locker, or even in the car for those in-a-pinch moments.  I think In A Pikle is an example of practical organizational design at its best.

I wanted to share the joy of the Pikle with you and am excited to host a giveaway!  There will be TWO winners.  Each will win the Dill Pikle in Paisley Print with the Starter Pack exactly like the one I shared in this post (except brand new and unopened in the original packaging of course!).  Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to be entered to win.  The giveaway is open internationally and will run until Monday, September 30, 2013 at 6 PM CDT.  I will contact the winners directly via email in addition to announcing them on this blog post and on Twitter.  Good luck!


Congrats to Sherryl and Susan on being selected as the winners of my In A Pikle Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *Do you carry an in-a-pinch kit?* out of 1632 entries:

Yes – 57%
No – 43%

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Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties.  If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

*I am not affiliated with In A Pikle.  I purchased all items shown myself, including the giveaway prizes.  All opinions are my own.*


23 thoughts on “First Impressions: In A Pikle”

  1. OH MY Jen, you are just TOO generous!!! Thank you for being such a ray of sunlight in so many lives!! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. I saw this pickle bag on another channel, I think At Home with Nikki. It’s such a cute bag and I think it would be so handy to carry in your purse. I would imagine you could pull things out that you wouldn’t need and add your own items. Thank you for hosting the give away! 🙂 Hope you feel better real soon, Jen. I miss you so much!!! xxxooo

  3. They do have an option to purchase just the bag on their website. I can imagine uses for cosmetics, keeping the extras for travel at a minimum (I take too much sometimes), and even as a bag to stash in my knitting bag. Thank you for the review and introduction. Too bad they don’t do custom exteriors. But you picked one of the cutest still available.

  4. Thank you Jen for giving me the inspiration to get organized and to start running. I love love love watching your videos. You are so sweet to think of others. One more thing, I absolutely love Chicago and can’t wait to go back.

  5. My favorite motto: “It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it” certainly applies should you get yourself into a pickle! (pitiful pun intended) By the way, this blog on Swiss Days reminded me to ask how’s Suzanne’s sciatica? I hope she’s doing better. That can be incredibly painful. Please express to Suzanne and your sweet grandma this viewer/reader sends lots of positive thoughts for speedy recoveries for all ailments in the family. Thanks for the fun giveaway, Jen.

  6. I definitely agree with you about preferring a more flexible “walking pharmacy.” The Pikle looks a little too bulky relative to the amount of stuff that it holds, and there really isn’t room for much else! I almost ordered one awhile back ago, but decided to assemble a kit from scratch. I typically carry a clear, slightly larger bag that holds probably triple the amount of stuff that you packed in the Pikle above (if not more….it’s sad how much I carry in that thing!) and also offers good visibility when I’m looking for things. However, I’m thinking of switching my kit to one of the Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized bags so that everything will be organized and just as easily accessible, but more private than with the clear bag. No one needs to see my “emergency undies” every time that I open my purse 😉

  7. I have been waiting for this review! So glad to hear your thoughts and first impressions. Thanks for hosting the best giveaways of anyone I follow!!!

  8. Jen,

    Thank you for the giveaway you are always so verygenerous, and thoughtful! I, like many others miss your vlogs, reviews, and organizational videos. I remenber an attemp you once mentioned in one of your vlogs, draw my life video you said you were going to try to do. I believe it would be a great comeback on one of your channels since you are not feeling like yourself lately. It would also be a great experience to get to know you and enjoy what a lot of us miss (you!). Take your time to feel better on your down days, and comeback to tells us how you did it. It would be interesting and encouraging, since this topic is not really ever talked about on youtube. ((Hugs))

  9. Thanks for the chance to win one of these. This looks fab! Hope I’ve entered correctly. Might be useful as I can never find all these bits and bobs in my bag…need some organisation lol!x

  10. Love the idea of this. Really do. But you are right, I am unsure about how well having an open pouch will weather over the years in a purse or bag. How did you like the quality? They are really cute. I am thinking about getting one or I will just make my own. I went to their site. They truly thought of everything.

      1. Thank you. I ended up ordering it. The same color as yours. It’s really cute and I am eyeing the turquoise one for the future. It’s small and really cute and I think it will make a great gift. They ship it in that cute green box. And they ship fast. Perfectly packaged. Such care and detail. My only complaint would be that it comes with that strong chemical odor plastic shipped items and cases often have. The cover is fine after a while but those ziplock inserts. Well, I don’t know how long it will take till the odor dissipates. I really love it though. Ideal gift. I am thinking of keeping one in the car.

  11. Congrats to the winning girls Sherry and Susan, I love this idea, inspiration to start carrying one myself you never know it will come in andy 🙂 x x Margaret

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