Traveling with spacer and inhaler

If carrying rescue inhaler in pocketbook, should they be attached or separate and not attached until ready to use?    It seems foolish to have to attach when you feel tight and want to use the medication. 

If flying on a long flight where you will need to use the twice a day inhaler in light should the spacer be attached in your carry-on or not until you are going to use that inhaler?




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  • Emelina

    I usually keep them separate and capped. Everything gets jostled in my bag so it’s less clunky to have them separate. I fly for work and keep them separated too. But I keep the inhaler and spacer together in a bag for easy access. It takes but a second to attach. What kind of spacer do you have? I have Phillips diamond. 

  • whoopie

    I have the same kind. I am new to this.

    I'd seen a collapsible spacer for travel advertised but wasn't sure it'd work.   


  • LK

    Welcome Whoopie!  

    When I use a rescue inhaler and spacer, I keep them apart until I need to use them.  With practice it just takes a second to put the inhaler and spacer together.  My thought would be that if they are constantly connected, perhaps the "rubber" on the spacer that the inhaler attaches to may get out of shape and the seal around the inhaler would not be as tight.  

    I keep my rescue inhaler and spacer in my purse a ziploc bag to keep them clean.  

    When you say you use it twice a day, is it your rescue inhaler or your maintenance inhaler?  I am not familiar with any maintenance inhalers that use spacers, just the rescue inhalers.  Might be a good question for your doctor and pharmacist.  Pharmacists are great resources for how to use our medicines.

    Please let us know what you find out!

  • Emelina

    Hmm, maybe she’s on advair hfa or symbicort? Those use a spacer 😄 I wish I could use a dpi, but could never master it. Cool factoid … there is a therapy called SMART where you use symbicort as both your rescue and maintenance. It’s from a trial in Europe. It’s nuts you just use symbicort as needed q4-6h orb shortness of breath. My pulmo is hoping eventually I could wean down to this!! 😲 he’s always optimistic.

  • Melissa G

    Hi Whoopie! Welcome to the AAFA forums! 

    When were you diagnosed with asthma? This is a free online It has a lot of great information in it. 

    Here is some information on

  • whoopie

    I've always had allergies (grasses, trees) and exercise induced asthma that kicked in when I climbed mountains (every 20 years or so!). But a few years ago I began being tired and short of breath all the time. I thought it was cancer fatigue…but it got worse and I was no longer on chemotherapy. The pulmonologist gave me Symbicort three months ago and I am no longer tired or breathless and I feel ten years younger. I can do almost everything. The rescue inhaler is Ventolin. 


  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Whoopie, way to go on using your spacer with your Ventolin!

    Yes, some of our members do use collapsible spacers, and they travel nicely. Spacers tend to need to be individual — so could you check with your doctor and ask what your doc recommends?

    There are several kinds of spacers — the traditional spacer, collapsible spacers disposable spacers, as well as fold-flat paperboard spacers … can you check with your pharmacy or your durable medical equipment supplier and ask what is available and then check with your doc?