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Ideas for Teen Carrying Meds on Water Park Field Trip

DS is going on a last-minute field trip to a local water park next Friday. I will not be chaperoning (Parents were not given the option). 

I'm concerned about how he is going to keep his inhaler on him and ride crazy, tall water slides and such. We have honestly only been to a water park once years ago, so I held the meds. I know a group of teens will be on their own and hitting the big, fast slides first. 

The water park has all-day lockers and ride lockers. We have already talked about how he will need to keep the backpack in the locker and get out his epi-pens any time he eats. But I don't know what to do about his inhaler. I want him to have it on him at all times. And it needs to be protected from water. 

Any ideas? I thought about putting it in a dry bag or sealed plastic bag that he keeps in a zippered pocket in his swim trunks. But could that get damaged if he's on big water slide? 

I am going to email his teachers to see if a chaperone can hold his meds instead. But that means he would have to stay with the chaperone, and in my experience with high school field trips, the chaperones encourage the kids to go off on their own.

Thanks in advance for helping me brainstorm. Any ideas are greatly appreciated. 

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  • LK

    Hi Tanya,  Completely agree with you that he should keep his inhaler with him at all times.  I have to admit that even as an adult, there are times when I get caught up in doing fun things where I have to remind myself, again, that I have to carry my inhaler everywhere I go.  

    Our kids are in their 20s but I remember how teens do go off on their own at an amusement park, as you mentioned, so I would have to agree with you that having a chaperone hold his inhaler probably wouldn't be a good idea. 

    The few times I've been on water rides, you do get drenched pretty easily.  Most ziploc-type bags I know aren't quite that waterproof. 

    You mention a 'dry bag'.  Is it a special bag that's more water tight?  Maybe camping stores would carry some sort of watertight bags? 

    @Megan Roberts, Do you have any suggestions?  She competes in Dragon Boat racing.

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Does he have a Spibelt? or some other similar type of waist carrier? I'd put the auto-injectors and the inhaler in a zip top bag and inside the Spi-belt. 

    I was told by the pharmacy that supplied our AuviQ that if you put a gel pack (those hot/cold packs for athletic injuries) in with the auto-injector and wrap it in a thermal foil material (same sort of stuff you see lining lunch totes), that will keep it within the proper temp range.

    So what I've done with DD is to take a small pouch with a caribiner (sp? WHY can't I remember that spelling?!), tuck in a square of foil liner from a thermal grocery bag and the gel pack, and tuck the auto-injector in that. Then clip it to something she's carrying. The extra padding protects it from bumps and bangs.

    You could also use a waterproof phone case. Frequently they have straps for the arm or a hook to attach it to a belt. 

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  • Megan Roberts

    Hey @tlb2002 that trip sounds like a lot of fun! I do always carry my inhaler with me on the water (as well as my phone in case I need to call 911, which has happened several times when I've been out on the water, no for myself but for others I've come across in distress unfortunately). To keep those items safe and dry I use a small, 2 liter dry bag. 

    You can find one on Amazon or anywhere that sells camping/outdoors gear. Here is a link to a small, that's $7.95 on Amazon. You just have to make sure you roll the top down 3 times before closing to create waterproof barrier. A may work as well, but those are usually made to be the exact size of a phone, so that won't hold anything extra, and cost about the same as a dry bag anyway.

    There are even waist belts that are waterproof. I sometimes will wear the inhaler in a non-waterproof Spi-belt tucked under my shirt when I don't want to have to carry anything and/or want to be undercover about the inhaler AND have it quickly accessible. That's how I wore it competing in China because you don't carry anything on to the boat with you and I was concerned I would need access as soon as a race ended due to altitude. It worked really well and I often forgot it was on my body! Plus, I never accidentally left it in the boat.   That was not waterproof, though there are similar versions that are. My inhaler got splashed probably every time I was on the water but survived. A ziplock baggie would provide a bit more protection inside a spi-belt but is still not waterproof. 

    Hope that helps.

  • tlb2002

    Thanks for the ideas, everyone. We decided on an inhaler in a small dry bag in a pocket of his swim trunks. I tried to push the SpiBelt (we already have one) but he absolutely refused. We have a Frio for the Auvi-Qs that he will keep in his backpack.

    As we were packing his backpack last night, I was reminding him where to eat, how to use the allergy card (the park has one online to download), what to do in case something happens, etc., and he got really upset. He went on about how he wished he didn't have asthma and a food allergy and how he's dreading the field trip because he's afraid he's going to make a mistake. It was a difficult and sad moment. He's dealt with this his whole life and doesn't know life without these conditions, but it's still not easy.

    He was in a better mood this morning, so I hope he has a good time. This is the first field trip I have not gone on with him, so we are both a little nervous. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Tanya! I hate it when my cautions get DD's anxiety all worked up. And I've definitely heard that "I wish I didn't have asthma/food allergies/a bleeding disorder" many times. 

    I have found, though, that after a challenge she successfully overcomes — something on her own, something new and scary — she is WAY more confident. It's like she gets calmer.

    Success builds on success, so I'm saying big prayers and sending good that today is a GOOD day! 

  • tlb2002

    He did great. The worst thing that happened is that his phone took a swim in the wave pool. It was in a dry bag but I don't think he closed it up enough. Thankfully, it survived. 

    He had no problem getting a locker and showing his allergy card at the restaurant. His inhaler did get a bit wet though even though it was in a dry bag in his pocket the whole time. So I guess it's toast? Good thing we have some spares. 

  • Kathy P

    Ugh on stuff getting wet despite using the dry bag. Glad everything worked well overall! When is the next challenge? LOL !