Tips for Carrying Medical Supplies

Posted on January 31, 2019 by kerri
Living with asthma, I have to carry medications with me at all times. Given that girl jeans have this annoying feature of rarely having pockets, I’ve had to devise some other ways to carry medications at times (I mean, usually I just buy pants with pockets).
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Below are some ways to carry necessary medications with you—especially if you don’t have pockets!
  • Repurpose a phone case or belt clip. Along with a multi-tool in a smaller belt-worn holder, a friend wears his insulin pump inside a small generic case attached to his belt. This method could also be used for blood glucose testing supplies and inhalers.
  • Repurpose a pencil case. Another friend carries her inhalers and Epipens in a pencil case. While she usually stores it in her bag, this could also be attached to a carabiner and worn on a belt loop. (Investing in a stash of carabiners, to me, is always a good idea—you never know when they’ll come in handy!)
  • Use a small backpack. I find it much less obtrusive when I use a small hiking-style backpack to carry my stuff versus a full-sized backpack. Hiking packs also tend to be made of more lightweight/flexible material that is still strong. To me this makes them feel less obtrusive, but your experience may vary!
  • Use a waist-worn carrying case or leg holster. There are many great styles of bags you can wear on your waist or attach to your arm or leg for small supplies, and it doesn’t necessarily have to remind you of the days of the “ugly” or “uncool” fanny pack! Many individuals with or parents of children with chronic health conditions have developed sleeker solutions for carrying supplies—and even if you have a different condition these may work, so consider these options creatively!
  • Attach it to a lanyard or other neck-worn pouch. A friend’s dad carries nitroglycerine after his heart attack. He has a very small leather pouch (which may be custom made for the nitro!) that he wears around his neck that suits him extremely well—you can tell he’s got something in there, but you can’t tell what!
  • Attach it to your keys. I suppose I don’t know where you’re going to put your keys if you don’t have pockets, but attaching your meds to your keys can ensure you don’t forget either! Consider adding one of our medical ID keychains to the plan, too, for any type of bag or case that you have medical supplies inside!
As well, if you do have pockets and plan to put pills there, consider putting them in a pill box. I can’t tell you how many times I washed a forgotten noon-dose of Concerta by throwing my jeans in the wash with the pill still in that little coin pocket thing! Whoops!
How do you carry your medication or supplies when you’re out and about?

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