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How do you haul your asthma gear??

So it's summertime and the living is easy … except when you have to tote around a purse the size of a small suitcase!

I've noticed that @Shea has shared on other threads how she really likes her backpack purse. DD uses one at camps so that her hands are free and she can carry her epinephrine auto-injectors, her inhaler and her bleeding disorder meds. 

I'm forevermore lugging my purse wherever I go because that's where I keep my inhaler. But there's got to be a better way to travel light in the summer. 

Any ideas?

How do you haul your gear? What's in your "kit?"

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  • Pljohns

    I'm right there with you-if my purse gets any heavier or bigger  I'm just going to go for carry on luggage.  I've tried everything I can think of to downsize it but nothing has worked.  A small back pack when we went to San Diego was great, but I didn't have everything I usually do.  This will be an interesting thread and hopefully I can get some ideas too

  • Frshair3

     I totally understand.  I resort to a medium sized cross body purse. I carry the bare essentials. However, all my asthma meds go in first. Which includes-  Rescue inhaler, benadryl,  epipen, medication and allergy card and portable nebulizer. It's not as heavy as carrying a large handbag.

  • K8sMom2002

    FrshAir3, do you know the brand of your purse? I'm kind of small, so big bags not only dwarf me, but they also hurt my shoulder — because they're this invitation to keep. adding. stuff. to. them.

  • Frshair3

    My crossbody bag is made by Merona. I purchased it at Target.  Now considering that you are more petite there was a smaller one as well. I hope this helps.

  • K8sMom2002

    It does! I don't have a Target near me, but the next time I'm in a town with one, I'll definitely check it out. I'll also look on line. A cross-body bag might distribute the weight better and not hurt my shoulder.

  • Jen

    Hi @Tiff,

    Welcome to posting.  Thanks for sharing what you use.  Love that crossbody purse!  Does the med bag fit inside?

  • Kathy P

    That Vera Bradley is cute Tiff! 

    I switch between a cross-body bag and a backpack purse I got in Italy. I like having my hands free. 

    But a lot of times, I don't even take my purse. I just stick my phone in my back pants pocket and my inhaler in my front pocket. 

    When I go biking, my inhaler either goes in my jersey pocket or my CamelBak backpack or my bike trunk bag.

    We do a lot of water sports. I haven't figured out how to keep an inhaler with me when surfing though. I need to find something I can strap to my ankle. Although I'm not sure I could actually take it in the water.

    I have a hard-sided case I normally use kayaking. I'm trying stand up paddle boarding this weekend and found that the brand of Ventolin inhaler won't fit. So I need to figure something else out. I guess I'll take a trip to the sporting goods store tomorrow. I can't find the small dry sack we had.

  • Tiff

    Yes it does fit but I've recently stumbled across this bag: and I love it! It holds everything and then some.

  • K8sMom2002

    Ooh, Tiff, I like that bag! 

    Kathy P, here's a  such as auto-injectors and diabetics. And there's an .

  • Kathy P

    Those neoprene holders look interesting. I'm not sure those would work well for on the water for paddling or surfing. I'm just thinking that I wear a neoprene wetsuit and that gets wet through once in enough water.

    My standup paddleboard solution was to put my inhaler in a dry bad and clip that to the deck of the board. I was in the water quite a bit, so I'm glad I clipped it there and not on me. But there are potential issues with heat since the sun is shining on it. Still working on it!

  • Pljohns

    Tiff-LOVE the bag from Kohls-I do a lot of shopping from there.  I actually ran across a similar one from Target that holds all of my junk.  I try to have 2-3 bags only because big enough ones are expensive but a love purses and would easily have 5-6 of them.

  • K8sMom2002
    Kathy P posted:

    Those neoprene holders look interesting. I'm not sure those would work well for on the water for paddling or surfing. I'm just thinking that I wear a neoprene wetsuit and that gets wet through once in enough water.

    I wondered about that … another problem might be that for me, at least, neoprene is HOT. I've had to wear neoprene knee braces, and in the summer at least, it's not the most comfortable feeling. 

    Lynn and Tiff, I hear you on purses … but DD puts me to shame. She's got to have a purse to match every outfit. Thank goodness she's flexible and one purse can match several at the same time.

  • K8sMom2002

    And now my DD has decided that she doesn't want to take a purse to school this year and she'd rather just do a backpack. The problem is, she'll be on two different campuses, and on one campus, she'll need a seriously big backpack for everything. The other campus will be for just one class, so she'll want to travel light. 

    I'm nervous about her swapping regularly between two backpacks … and I'm nervous about her epinephrine auto-injectors and inhaler being in her big school backpack.

    But she's 16, so she's got to figure some of this stuff out for herself. 

    Any suggestions I could throw her way?

  • Kathy P

    Will she have a small purse or bag with all of the stuff that needs to get transferred? Wallet, phone, meds?  I'd bet that if her phone was in there, she wouldn't forget to swap it as she swaps backpacks during the day  

  • Jen

    Good point about the phone.  I wonder if that would do the trick.

  • Shea

    I carry a back pack purse and a small shoulder purse, and they match, and I do that because, it is a pain to have to take your backpack off your back and go through it every time you need to pay for something at a store, or get your keys out, or answer your phone, OR grab your inhaler. It is easier to have that small shoulder purse for those things. Maybe those reasons on top of making it easier to make sure meds are with, would appeal to your DD.

  • Pljohns

    Very true Shea-I've started looking for a smaller bag to carry my stuff in beside my purse.  it would make it a lot easier if I go out and don't need my purse, I could just grab it and go.

  • K8sMom2002

    The phone goes in her back pocket. That's where she likes it to be. 

    She did buy a wristlet wallet with space for her license, her insurance card, her driver's license and her auto-injectors (she has a smaller size auto-injector, so it just fits.)

    It goes either in her backpack (with her inhaler) or her purse (with her inhaler), or she goes light and jams the inhaler in one pocket, the phone in her back pocket and carries the wristlet with everything else. 

    Her keychain goes on her finger — and her itty-bitty digital recorder goes on her keychain. What I'm still looking for is a key chain holder for her inhaler. 

    The one hiccup we've had is that the wristlet clasp broke this weekend, so it's now a clutch. I've figured out how to fix it, but it will mean a trip to the store, which will have to wait until Saturday. 

    In her infinite teen wisdom, she told me that she didn't really NEED to have her inhaler with her because she "hardly ever had an asthma attack — it's YOU who has the asthma attacks, Mom." I pointed out that hardly ever usually = fall and back to school.  

    She carries the inhaler. She might not like it, but she carries the inhaler.  

  • Pljohns

    Not yet-still carrying around the carry on luggage size purse!  I would love to find something small enough for my meds/neb and a separate purse but just haven't had any luck so far.

  • Jen

    I'd love to hear some other ideas (and see some pics) of how people haul their asthma gear. What features are important to you when it comes to hauling it all around?

  • Pljohns

    Still haven't really found anything-I keep changing from purse to purse that I already have.  Some work OK, some not so much.  I can keep 2 vials of levabuterol in my inhaler case so if I go out and don't need my purse, I just grab it.  It's about the size of a sunglass case so it's not too bad.  Now, the epi pen, crud, i never remember that.  One day, I will wish I had!

  • Jen

    Now that the weather is getting colder, what do you do differently when hauling your asthma gear?

  • Jen

    Since the winter holidays are coming up, is anyone planning to put a new bag/asthma gear carrier on their wishlist?  Or…planning to gift one to yourself?  What bags are you considering?

  • K8sMom2002

    Jen, I'm always on the lookout for ways to haul our stuff more compactly — and so that it doesn't just blend in with the rest of everything else. 

    I have been looking at the — looks like a great way to organize our stuff AND help out a good cause! Might be a good stocking stuffer for DD. 

  • Pljohns

    I still haven't found anything-I told DH if my purse gets any bigger, I'm just going for the carry on luggage!

  • Jen

    I saw that some of you got new purses for the holidays.  Anyone care to share their pics in this thread?  I know I saw @GigiGibson post some pics and I think I remember @Shea saying something about a new bag.