This particular issue was one of the reasons why I started this blog. Carrying an epipen/injector around is a pain in the bum and unfortunately for most N.A.S’s it has to be tolerated. To combat this often embarrassing and awkward situation, I’ve put together my personal list of solutions to allow you to carry your epipen with you while not having it bulge out of your pocket, be in hand constantly or strapped to your belt. Below are my favourite solutions as well as a few that i’ve yet to try out. I’ve also included the benefits and risks of each particular method, as well as example scenarios where they may be useful.
- Independent Activities – Going out without friends who have bags to stuff it in!
- Dating – Don’t want to bring a bag on a date!
- Clubbing – For hands-free dancing!
- Socialising – When going out without a bag/coat
Now, this little trick taught me well for the first several years of my teen life. Around the age when I started to want to go into town, go shopping with friends, go to the cinema and generally become independent, I discovered that simply buying clothes with fairly deep pockets/multiple pockets was an easy and convenient way of carrying an epipen around. Buying trousers with larger than usual pockets admittedly was a pain, and may not obviously be to your personal style, but for me, finding a good pair of deep-pocketed jeans became a god send. The hours trawling around shops to find some jeans with deep pockets seemed like a benign task compared to having to carry my epipen around in my hand and constantly face people asking what I was doing holding an injection! Throughout this list, this method has served me the best and is still one that I use to this day in certain occasions.
- Lightweight option – no need to carry around a bag for it specifically
- Easy Access
- Safety – It’ll always be close by
- Overheating – apparently you can’t get your epipen too hot, otherwise it doesn’t work properly
- Slight ‘Bulging’
- Could fall out/get lost
Girlfriend or Boyfriend’s bag:
- Going out with your boyfriend or girlfriend!
- Socialising with mutual friends
- Clubbing – Although girls do take rather small handbags!
This is another favourite of mine (although my girlfriend doesn’t think so!). Asking a boyfriend or girlfriend to pop your epipen in their bag might seem a bit of a pain for them at times but believe me it’s far better than not being able to hold their hand…or bags! This is a great little trick for going out with mutual friends or on a date when you want to look your best because it means that you don’t have to wear trousers or a cost with large pockets or bring a bag. I’ve always found it particularly helpful if you go clubbing because it means that you don’t have to dance around with a big epipen sticking in your leg all the time! Now there are a couple of issues with this particular method though. The biggest issue with this is without a doubt remembering to take it back when you go home! If I had a penny for every time i’ve left my epipen in my girlfriend’s bag and then had to go and retrieve it (much to both of our inconvenience), i’d definitely be a millionaire!
- Not having to carry it yourself!
- No ‘pocket-bulge’
- FORGETTING IT!
- Angering your boyfriend or girlfriend!
- Safety – If separated, could be unsafe if your partner is carrying it
- Activities – Sports etc.
- Staying the night somewhere
- Somewhere you need a use for a backpack
Carrying a backpack or rucksack around is another particularly useful way of taking your epipen with you without having anyone know that you have it or allowing it to stick out. This method is one that I generally use when going out to college and work as well as for sports and cycling and things. The reason that a backpack is so useful is because the situations that you’d need to use one, such as carrying books for uni or clothes for sports, mean that it wouldn’t look unusual for you to carry your epipen in there as well. What I mean is that if you were to go on a nice romantic date with someone and you carry your epipen with you in an enormous rucksack with nothing else in it, that would seem a bit weird! Carrying a rucksack with things that you’re going to use and then slipping your epipen in there seems perfectly normal however, and is a great way of carrying it around with you without having to worry about where it is.
- Easy Access
- Easy to remember if carrying other things
- Quite hard to lose
- Could be hard to find in emergency situations
- Could put bag down and forget about it
- Driving (obviously!)
- Anywhere you take your car
Those of you lucky enough to own a car, like myself until a few months ago, will know that since possessing it, it has now become your reason for being lazy and the mode of transport that you will almost probably take everywhere! When I used to own a car, I used to take it everywhere, from college to work to my girlfriend’s house. At the time, I also used to own TWO epipen, one that i’d take out with me and one that i’d leave somewhere that I often visited. This changed when I started driving because I thought that i’d be safer to just keep a secondary epipen in my car, so that wherever I take my car, I take my spare epipen too. This was a really useful method that I used for a while because it made me feel safer. I stopped using this method after a while though when unfortunately I LOST one of my epipens! That was when I started keeping only one epipen in my car as a primary epipen. this is a useful method as long as you take your car everywhere you go. The only downside to it though is the safety aspect. If in an emergency you’ve left your epipen in the car and you’re quite far away from your car, it might not go so well. This particular method is one that I would now generally use if I had two epipens and wanted to keep the secondary one in the car.
- Added security and safety – (If using two)
- Hard to forget
- Potentially hard to reach in an emergency
- Could forget where you’ve parked!
- Leaving it in the car when leaving the car far away from you – (i.e. sports/work)
I’ve mentioned my main methods of transporting my epipen with my subtly at all times. There are however tons of other methods that can be used with actual products that you can buy specifically for this issue! Below is a short list of several other methods and products that you can use to carry your epipen around:
- A belt to fit around waist to carry your epipen in it.
- Could be a bit bulky, but very useful when doing sports and running
- Leg Buddy
- Similar to the WaistPal, but fits around your leg like a shin-guard
- Very discreet if wearing loose trousers, might look a bit odd if wearing tight jeans.
- At Beach, with Lifeguard
- Practical when surfing, swimming, playing on the beach. (A method I always use on the beach. They are nice, they will take it!)
- Epipen Belt
- Not the most discreet method, but one that will definitely make sure you keep them on you at all times!
- Rescue Shot Case
- Another great little portable and rugged case for the more adventurous of you!
- Just a great website with a few products to help our dilemma!