Traveling med bag

Does anyone have a "traveling" med bag that you take with you everywhere-like back and forth to work, errands etc?  With all of the winter weather I've been thinking about what to keep with me and how much to keep with me in case I can't get back home.  I've already had this happen one time-spent 2 days with only albuterol-and then last week, really wish I'd had prednisone with me.  Just curious-what does everyone do to plan for these unplanned times when you can't get back to your regular stash of meds?


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  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn, we sorta do and sorta don't. For me, I'm blessed that my asthma has been under control and my migraines are under control that my usual emergency med supplies are my inhaler and my prescription strength naproxen.

    For DD, it's more complicated. Whenever we go anywhere, we at least have her:

    • inhaler
    • epinephrine auto-injectors
    • safe Tylenol
    • bleeding medication

    If it's overnight, I tuck in all the meds I think she MIGHT need, which includes all of the above

    • safe options for OTC stuff
    • her Zyrtec
    • her nasal spray and gel

    We use a big gallon zip-top bag for it. Before any natural disaster looms, I pack that bag and keep it by me.

    Since her asthma doesn't usually require prednisone, we don't keep it at home, but just a script on file at the pharmacy. Ditto for me. But if we routinely had to use prednisone, I'd keep it with me, or at least the first dose or two (that's what I do with her bleeding disorder meds and Tylenol — smallest properly labeled bottle possible for prescription meds, and a pill case for OTC meds).

  • Kathy P

    I have a grab and go bag for traveling, but I don't usually take it with me otherwise. I'm not usually concerned about weather, but I'm in earthquake country. However, I do have things "stashed" different places just in case.

     - I always have an inhaler plus cough meds and extra anthistamine in my purse – this also becomes part of my car emergency kit if the big one hits when I'm driving/not at home.

     - I always have an inhaler and cough meds in my cycling backpack

     - I keep cough drops in my car – I used to keep an inhaler stashed in there too, but it's always a temp control issue. I have basic survival stuff in my car including a full first aid kit. The issue is always any meds with the potential temp extremes.

     - My travel med kit includes all my inhalers, daily meds plus as needed meds. I have an older KFA med bag that I use. AAFA has some really nice . I keep the liquids in a ziplock inside there – I fly a lot, so need to be able to pull liquids out if needed.

  • LK

    I just have my rescue inhaler with me in my large purse or a smaller cross-body purse all the time, even at the horse barn.  Always carry a spare new inhaler in my purse.  My other meds are once or twice a day so they stay at home unless I am traveling, then I put them in a large cosmetic bag in my suitcase.

    I just ordered the AAFA Runner Medicine Bag yesterday listed on the same page as Kathy P's bag above.  From the pictures in the description it looks large enough to put several things in the bag.  I am looking for something that is easy to wear and that I don't have to keep on my shoulder like a purse strap.  Looking forward to seeing what it's like in person. 

  • CAPuttPutt

    @Pljohns @K8sMom2002

    We take our albuterol inhaler everywhere we go for our son. And I do mean everywhere. I also have antihistamines, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, bandaids, etc all stashed in a medicine bag that I keep in my purse (which also houses my migraine medicines). 

    BUT….just last week while hunting & camping at my brothers house, our asthmatic son out of the blue became covered in hives….all over his torso! Thankfully I had thought to pack the Benadryl, but it’s not something I normally take with me. He’s since broke out 3 more times, though much less severe the subsequent times (which makes me think it may have been something he ate). 

  • K8sMom2002

    Yikes, @CAPuttPutt! That's scary! Do you guys carry a pair of epinephrine auto-injectors? Is there anything that he's eaten or done in common all four times? 

    Our allergist reminds us every time we go that Benadryl isn't first-line response for a severe reaction, and that we need to follow our anaphylaxis action plan, especially because DD has asthma. So we're to use our auto-injector first and ask questions later.

    I've learned this the hard way because I didn't use epinephrine when I should have, and our allergist told us we should have. We were very lucky!

    Could you follow up with your allergist to go over a plan for what to do in case of hives? Different kiddos require different action plans, and it may be that your doc is fine with Benadryl for hives with no other symptom. 

  • Pljohns

    Sounds like we are all doing about the same amount of carrying around stuff-the recent icy weather just got me thinking about the what if's-what if you can't get home to your meds for 1-2 days and are stuck in a car or shelter?  That happened to me 2 years ago and all I had was 4 vials of albuteral for 2 days.  Thankfully my pcp that I worked for at the time called some in to a drug store across the street from the shelter and we could walk and get it, but if not, the 4 vials would have been all I had with me.  My LABA is a custom order with a 3 day lead time minimum so there was no way to get it AND it has to stay refrigerated so no way to keep it.  Since then, I keep a box at work in the refrig and if it looks like it even might get ify with the weather, I pull out the cold travel pack and take it with me-at least that way I have 2 days worth of LABA and i am never without a full box of levabuteral at work and at least some in my purse nebulizer case.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn, that sounds like an awesome plan and prep! I hope this current weather system doesn't leave you stranded.

  • Melanie Carver

    Lately I've been using the . It fits all the meds I need and is easy to grab and put into other bags I am carrying.

  • Pljohns

    Just ordered a Vera tote for my new bag-have never had one but liked the size and look of it-will see how it works.    My biggest problem is that nebs take a lot of room (even small ones) and with weather like we have now, I don’t leave without an entire box of albuterol and budesonide and that takes space too. Hope it does what I need it too

  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn, I hope it works well for you! I know lots of southern girls who are absolutely addicted to Vera Bradley bags. What pattern did you order? 

    Mel, I love the idea of having an AAFA logo'd bag because in an emergency, other people who are helping can easily find it.

  • Pljohns

    I got the lilac tapestry pleated tote.    I've never had a VB-won't pay the price but found this one in the outlet for $20 with free shipping.  I like the idea of having some sort of medical ID on a bag as well but I've looked everywhere.  I may just take one of the luggage tags that I used when we went to SD in the summer that is a big ol'red med ID on it and hook it around the straps of it.

  • LK
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Mel, I love the idea of having an AAFA logo'd bag because in an emergency, other people who are helping can easily find it.

    @K8sMom2002, Hadn't thought of it in that way, but makes a lot of sense!

  • Melanie Carver

    It helped  when I went through a security checkpoint yesterday as well. The med bag was inside my shoulder bag. It went thru the xray and security flagged it and asked me if I had inhalers in there. I said yes, inside the black  asthma and allergy bag. They opened it, saw inhalers and epis, smiled and said, "And there they are!"

  • Pljohns

    When we flew to CA in July, I found a place on line to have luggage tags made and TSA recommended I have the carry on bag with nothing but meds in it tagged such, any medical equipment tagged such and then my temp sensitive meds tagged such.  I was able to make luggage tags for each and when TSA saw the tags, they gave me no problem at all.  They already had one for medical equipment and I never realized there is legal code that says that it must be permitted to remain with the passenger/patient at all times.  It was already printed on the back of the luggage tag.

  • Elena Meluso

    yeah I do and its a vera bradley shoulder bag.  i bought one of the little satchels on this website for my inhaler but i stick that into my vera bradley to tote around.  you can see them to the right side of this page "shop now" it advertises them daily

  • Melissa G

    We have two! One if we will be close to home and one if we are more than 30min from one.

    We have the  and 

  • Tiffany F.

    @Pljohns we use the one that is featured on this website, its in the Shop section.   Works nice because we have a spacer for our daughter.  The one @Melanie Carver posted above.  Love it

  • Pljohns

    Thanks for posting-I'll have to take a look at it.  We don't travel much but all of the meds are a pain when we do! 

  • Lemon Harris

    @Melissa G @Melanie Carver  Not sure who else: maybe a few giveaways for Asthma month???? *hint hint* lol 

  • Melanie Carver

    Love the way you think,  @Lemon Harris!

    We have a big sweepstakes being announced soon – it's coming from our Certification Program. The prizes will be air cleaners,  laundry solutions, etc.

    But our AAFA community team will chat about other giveaway opportunities as well for Med Bags and other items we offer.