Community Views: Where Do You Keep Your Inhaler When You’re Out and About?
Last updated: February 2023
We all know inhalers play a significant role in asthma treatment. The importance of carrying your asthma inhaler at all times cannot be overstated.1
Your inhaler is probably one of the first things you reach for when you leave the house, along with your wallet and keys. However, carrying your inhaler with you at all times can pose a difficult dilemma - Where do you keep it?
We asked our community members to share their tips and tricks for carrying their asthma inhaler with them, and the responses we received were incredible! Read on to hear some of these awesome suggestions!
Practical inhaler carrying suggestions
- “I made an armband with a Velcro strap and a small pocket, simple and effective!”
- “I found a pair of running shorts with a pocket at the back for my inhaler.”
- “I use a small zippered change purse to carry mine in my purse.”
- “I keep my inhaler in a digital camera case. It has a wrist strap, which makes it easy to carry around.”
- “I’ve been lucky to have a friend that sews. Together, we’ve made several zippered bags to carry my inhaler, phone, keys, etc.”
Creative storage spots
While an overwhelming percentage of our community members stated that their purse or a pocket was the best place for them, there were also some exceptionally creative places to stash an inhaler away!
- “My inhaler is tucked away in my bra at all times!”
- “I slip the inhaler into an infant sock and safety-pin it into my bra.”
- “If I’m out exercising, I slip it into my sock or I put it in my bra.”
- “I’m at the gym a lot, so I keep 2 rubber bands around my water bottle and stick the inhaler in the bands.”
- “I use a hair tie or a rubber band and attach it to my wrist, my cell phone, or my keys.”
- “Mine is hanging from my belt loop in a thing that is made to hold hand sanitizer.”
- “When I go out without a purse, I love to use a small slim wristlet which is just big enough to hold my ID, credit cards, and inhaler.”
- “I have a phone case with a belt attachment on it. I just take a rubber band and fasten my inhaler to it.”
Carrying multiple asthma inhalers
Of course, for many community members, carrying 1 inhaler may not be enough to get them through the day or a specific outing. Storing 1 inhaler close by may be a challenge, but several of our members have shared how they’ve mastered keeping not 1, but 2 or more inhalers close by wherever they are!
- “Inhaler? As in singular? I have 1 in my purse, 1 in the console of my car, 1 on my night table, and 1 in a zipped pocket of my coat since my asthma is worse in cold winter.”
- “I keep 1 in my glove compartment (car), 1 in my purse, and 1 in my desk drawer.”
- “I always have 1 in my purse and 1 in my husband’s pocket as backup.”
- “There is always 1 in my pocket, 1 in my purse, and 1 by my bedside.”
Carrying an asthma inhaler
No matter how you choose to carry your inhaler, remember the familiar credit card slogan and “don’t leave home without it”! Let us know how you carry your asthma inhaler, and if you have any special tips or tricks to keep it on hand no matter where you are and what you’re doing!
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