Packable Pails

Collapsible Bucket

Beyond the Pail

The humble beach pail might seem ho-hum, but when it’s a collapsible bucket that folds down with one satisfying squash, now it’s interesting—and an all-around better bucket.

Packable Pail collapses down to just two inches thick, making it easy to tote in your beach bag or luggage. The silicone body is sturdy but flexible, while
the rim, base, and handle are firm plastic to give the bucket extra structure. When it’s not on sand castle construction duty, it is useful at home or in the yard, too.

Melissa Reed took a beach vacation all the way from landlocked Iowa. Her family made a beeline for the coast straight off of the plane, but they forgot to bring beach toys. Spoiler: there were tears. After running around to buy overpriced buckets, Melissa sketched out her idea for Packable Pail. The foldable design makes a day at the beach better for kids and parents alike.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Melissa

    Hello Grommet Fans! My name is Melissa Reed and I am also a Grommet fan! As a mother, it is important to save time and money. With that being said I am thrilled to introduce you to my invention Packable Pails today on The Grommet.

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 10:29 AM

    What an exciting day! I would love to answer any of your questions, hear your comments or just chat. Talk to you soon.


  • rose
    7/15/2016 10:38 AM


    What is the size of the pail when in use?

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 10:43 AM


    Thank you for your question. The pails when in use measure 8.5 inches wide, 6.5 inches height, but collapses to 2 inches when storing.

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 2:06 PM


    Sorry for the confusion. They actually measure 9.5" wide and 8.5" tall and can hold up to 1.3 liquid gallons!

  • Heather
    7/15/2016 10:40 AM

    Good morning, love this idea! Question: are there any plans to offer a couple of sizes? Maybe to nest together for packing/carrying? Thanks!

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 10:44 AM


    This is a great idea! We actually have a few different designs and concepts we are working on so stay tuned!!!!!

  • Patricia
    7/15/2016 11:07 AM

    @Melissa - Hi - I would like to order 4 pails but would like to know how quickly I can have them shipped?

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 11:41 AM


    The Grommet has blue, pink and orange available for shipping next week. Yellow will be back in stock August 1st. We appreciate your interest in Packable Pails!

  • Jerry
    7/15/2016 11:11 AM

    Hi Melissa- What a cool product! I am in the process of developing a beach product that would go great with your Packable Pail. Is there any way to contact you?

    best of luck and hope to hear from you


  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 11:35 AM


    That is awesome! We have had so much fun meeting great people through the process of coming up with the idea for Packable Pails. Please contact us at [email protected]

  • Steve
    7/15/2016 12:57 PM

    I can’t believe Melissa and her “invention” story! She totally ripped off Alli Brush, the original inventor mom who took her kids to the beach without pails and designed Collapse A Pail. Alli’s patent was in 2011. When was Melissa's? 2016?

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 1:27 PM


    Hi Steve,

    Unknowingly, Allison were working on our projects at around the same time in 2014. I did not steal the idea from her. I actually tried to contact her after both hit the market, which again happened around the same time, to see if we could work together and not compete. It did not work out. We received a U.S. granted patent and worked hard to succeed in the market


    7/15/2016 1:06 PM

    Just what I'm looking for but a bit too small. How much will it hold. I hope you'll make a larger pail-- maybe 8"h x 6" w.

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 1:32 PM


    All our pails will hold 5 liters. We have had several requests for larger ones even cooler size! We would absolutely like to expand our product line.

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 1:36 PM


    5 Liters or 1.32 gallons.

  • Melissa
    Melissa – Special Guest
    7/15/2016 2:07 PM


    Sorry for the confusion. They actually measure 9.5" wide and 8.5" tall

  • carrie
    7/15/2016 5:57 PM

    LOVE these practical travel friendly packable pails!! Great invention!

  • Guest
    7/15/2016 7:11 PM

    Does this come with a shovel?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/15/2016 7:14 PM

    It sure does!

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