Heading out for a night on the town or a wedding? Or, are you off to play soccer? Whatever the activity, we all must carry our life saving epinephrine, period. The array of carriers and holders available are spectacular compared to “back in the day” when my son was first diagnosed almost 15 years ago. First, we carried a Ziplock® bag, then a fabulous neon green zippered pouch produced by Robyn O’Brien (which my son still uses in his backpack) before we moved onto the Food Allergy Research and Education (Formally FAAN) red medicine bag. Now, my kid’s carriers change with their clothing! My daughter moves from her sophisticated red leather clutch from Epi-Essentials, used on special occasions, to her youth Pocket belt from Allergy Apparel for daily action to her Running Buddy Mini for sports. My children also carry asthma inhalers, so they favor products with extra room.
Fashion and Function meet over epinephrine auto-injectables. Below is my 2015 list of top epinephrine auto-injectable carriers and holder website choices for shopping. If I missed your favorite, please comment below and I will revise this list! This is a community communication effort. Please note: I was not paid by, nor did I receive compensation from any of the companies listed for creating this post. Actually, none of the companies listed below know I’m writing about them, until now! My hope to share possible solutions. I am a wild fan of some of these products and there a few that I have not tried but have friends who use their products. I do not endorse or guarantee the quality of the items listed; it is pretty much impossible to guarantee someone’s else product. The magic is to find carriers and holders that fit YOUR needs! New: To help cover the costs of this website, I am joining some affiliate programs.
2015 list of Essential EpiPen®, Auvi-Q® and Adrenaclick® epinephrine auto-injector carriers and holders.
Note: some of the companies listed offer carriers/holders/cases for the different types of epinephrine auto-injectors as single carriers, double and/or including asthma inhalers. You’ll need to poke around to see if there is anything that might suit your needs just fine.
- Allergy Apparel™ is online retailer with a large and fabulous, fashion forward selection of food allergy related items ranging from carriers, to tee shirts, labels and IDs. This food allergy Mom operated company offers a huge assortment of painfully creative Auvi-Q® and EpiPen® carriers, pouches and belts. You can find medicine bags, pouches that keeps medications cool during hot temps (my favorite during hot weather errand running), water proof carriers and holders for just asthma inhalers.
- Blue Bear Aware is another online retailer who offers a variety of epinephrine holders, food allergy awareness tee shirts, books and even a darling doll sized epinephrine carrier for your daughter’s dolls! French-speaking? No worries, they offer food allergy labels in French and English (good news for our Canadian friends).
- Epi Essentials™ products are what us girls in my family use when stepping out in style! My daughter carries the Epi Essential Grab and Go bag and I carry the Accessory Case. They are made of gorgeous leather, can hold antihistamine in custom-made bottles and Emergency information cards–besides being so smart-looking. My daughter is not interested in the Auvi-Q®, so we have not tried it out in her handbag but my Accessory Case holds the Auvi-Q® and asthma inhaler just fine.
- Carry Nine® is a masculine wallet solution on the scene that feels rather sophisticated to me! My son tested out the single Auvi-Q® (before the double was produced) and liked that the holder was also a wallet that carries cash, drivers license and credit cards. He liked the adult look of the leather wallet since he has fully outgrown the camo and flame printed carriers (hello teenage life). There are nowEpiPen® andAuvi-Q® wallet options with anAuvi-Q® holster on the way. (I also received one of Carry Nine’s samples to check out last year).
- Buddy Pouch is new and has captivated my kids (okay and me too)! The nylon pouches are slim and use a system of ridiculously strong magnets to secure the pouch in place-no belts needed! I’ve been loving mine for my morning walks since my pants don’t have pockets. I have asthma and need to carry my inhaler, phone and house keys. Disclaimer: we were the lucky recipients of these pouches to take them out for a spin. The pouches have received a big thumbs up from the Moassessi family since they are comfortable, discreet and don’t fall off–ever.
- Alert Wear and Love Bug Co sells holders so insanely adorable that I want to place an order to use the holders for other things! You can even order personalized carriers to push that cuteness over the edge. Since many of this allergy mom’s items are custom-made, you need to order early! Some of their holders are created to accommodate asthma inhalers in addition to both popular epinephrine auto-injectors. They are the makers of the adorable MonsterAuvi-Q® Medicine bag–my new personal favorite.
- Tuff Bags by Rachel’s Treasures can be found on the Tuff Bag website and on Rachel’s Treasure’s Etsy site too! This is one my family’s most favorite bags for field trips and travel! The clear “EPINEPHRINE INJECTOR INSIDE” label makes finding the bag clear during an emergency fast and easy. These bags are offered in various sizes to fit EpiPens®, Auvi-Q®’s and/or inhalers! My son uses the vertical variety since it fits both EpiPens® and his inhaler.
- Activeaide sells several great holders, but our favorites are the hard case style and the hysterical animal carrier. My daughter tested out the animal carrier and LOVED it! I like the hard case to carry my in big mess of a purse. They also sell sports carriers, asthma inhaler pouches and children’s asthma books. Currently, my daughter links her Activeaide carrier to her Allergy Apparel youth belt to carry them to school. Then, she slips on the belt for recess and lunch. Its an odd system, but it works for her.
- SPIBelt is a comfortable belt sold in both adult and child sizes for the very active person. The belts are very popular for runners and my kids have used these for years during PE classes, soccer, riding bikes, etc. The belts hold their epinephrine auto-injectors and inhalers quite comfortably. Runners like them to hold their smart phones, etc.
- Allermates sell many youthful bright styles of cases and awareness items, and are well-known for their food allergy ID bracelets and lunch boxes. You can even find their items in major US retailers, such as CVS, etc. It’s wonderful to see epinephrine related products in the mainstream market place! I actually give their products as gifts since they are so bright and cheery.
- Rescue Shot offers colorful ballistic nylon carries to find the Auvi-Q® or any long pen shaped epinephrine auto-injector. My family tested this case out and it is seriously durable! Currently, they are offering a FREE campus program providing five carriers to University campus security or EMS who will be carrying epinephrine auto-injectors. Now that’s what I call community support.
- Preppy Epi’s name just makes me smile! They offer simple and to the point neoprene pouches with nice big labeling and a carabiner to attach to backpacks, etc.
- Allergy Haven is a sunny, California-based company that sells three styles of very hip epinephrine carriers: a tote, a strap and belt. They are quite unique and worth checking out. T This site really offers up some unique but useful food allergy items on their Helpful Things page. Free shipping for continental US orders over $25 too.
- Omaxcare® is all about the active kid, teen and adult. Their options are waste bands style and leg band style. The holders seemed to be used on ankles, calves and thighs. You have to check out their website since there is a photo of lady using the leg band on her thigh! I cracked up as I had a vision of some sexy movie star whipping out her Auvi-Q® from her thigh holster. In reality, for an evening out of dancing for young lady, this might not be bad option!
- Safety Sacks are an old favorite in my family. We used them mostly when my kids where younger since this sack is clear! Think of it as the Cadillac of Ziplock bags. My son’s preschool used it to hang his emergency medications on the door frame of the classroom. The click on the closure is tricky for little ones, but easy for adults!
Did I miss your favorite? If so, please comment below and I’ll update this list.
Always remember: carry two in case a second dose is needed and speak to your physician regarding your specific health needs before you make any chances to how you manage your life threatening allergies and/or asthma.