I am really striving towards simplicity lately, because it keeps me much calmer. Except shoes. The more the merrier. You too, huh? Allergies, on the other hand, don’t have such a place in my heart. But, if it’s something that helps this allergy journey a little less painful, a little more tolerable, or even a little more manageable, then who cares about simplicity? I say, “Bring it on!” Here’s a few things that help our daily life, and definitely made our vacation activities possible.
1. A waterproof container. When we go on our vacation to the lake house, we float down the river to the ice cream shop at least twice. Obviously we have to take my son’s Epi-pens as well as his inhaler, so we put it in a waterproof bag. Last year the one we used leaked a little, so we had planned on just using Ziploc bags inside this same waterproof bag. Instead, my sister-in-law, Jenny, let us borrow her new Aquapac, which she had purchased to protect her tablet at the beach. It was perfect! There was enough room for a twin pack Epi-pen, an inhaler & spacer, and still had room to spare. We had Benadryl meeting us at our destination, so we didn’t send that along for the 35 minute float down the river. The Aquapac worked really well, and I recommend it for those of you going to beaches, pools, spending time on boats, or anything that involves water. You could even throw your small tablet or cell phones in it. Thanks to the Aquapac, floating down the river safely was possible! My husband is the one in the blue shirt, and he had the Aquapac over his shoulder, and N is in his own little floaty.
2. A Frio Cooling Wallet. This summer we’ve gotten much more diligent about keeping our Epi-pens at the proper temperature by not letting them get too hot. We spend a lot of time outside, so we opted to get the Frio Cooling Wallet, which is originally used for insulin. It works perfectly for Epi-pens! We have the Frio Duo Cooling Wallet, and it’s an exact perfect fit for a twin pack Epi-pen. Once the cooling pack is activated it puffs up a bit and so I have to push the Epi-pens down in the sleeve, and it’s snug. Do-able, but snug. If you want it roomy, get the Large so you have plenty of room for your Epi-pens and maybe something else. We have two, one for the diaper bag and one for N’s mini-back pack for when we don’t have his sister’s diaper bag with us.
3. Insulated Lunch Box. We love our Bento Laptop Insulated Lunch Box with the Bento Buddies Containers. Awesome lunch box. Love it, ’nuff said! The Ziploc brand lunch containers fit perfectly in a Bento lunch box, and are probably much cheaper than the Bento version.
4. Bug Repeller. We used Jason brand natural bug spray and the Off! Clip On Bug Repeller. We had no allergy trouble with either product, but do your own research, as I only researched for our particular allergy set. I’d love to make my own bug spray sometime, but until then, these two things are doing the job when the mosquitos are trying to suck the life out of us! I know this isn’t food allergy related, but we used it a lot on vacation, and I’ve heard of people having some pretty nasty reactions to mosquito bites.
5. A mini backpack. We use a mini backpack when just my husband or I take N by himself and just need his Epi-pens, inhaler & spacer, and Benadryl. He’s too young to self-carry his Epi-pens, so this was a gender neutral alternative for my hubby and I. We have another set of these things in the diaper bag for when the whole family is together. The mini backpack is also big enough to put a few light snacks and a small water bottle.
6. Safe Sunscreen. We use Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple and N has done really well with it. It doesn’t have any peanut derived oils that I am aware of, which so many sunscreens do. It is also oat free, which is something else that is common in lotion type sunscreens. It’s affordable and even makes the EWG’s list of best sunscreens with a rating of 2, meaning it is a minimal hazard to use.
Then there’s food products that I love, but I think that’s going to have to wait until another post. I hope this list of products help you manage your family’s food allergies when you’re out and about . They sure have helped make outdoor fun-in-the-sun much more attainable while staying safe!
Alright Allergy Moms (& Dads!), what are your favorite products to make life with food allergies less of a pain in the neck? Leave a comment and share your awesome ideas!