IBD and Autoimmune Illness

IBD Emergency Kit

Originally posted Aug 2019. Updated July 2021

This little handy dandy IBD emergency kit that I randomly created throughout the years has gotten me out of some deep shit ( 🙂 ), literally! I almost always have it with me, especially if I am traveling or attending events and I add and remove things as I see fit and you can too! This is something that has been ever evolving for me throughout my IBD journey

While we are always trying to heal and not have to worry about emergencies, they happen. You may not always feel great. There may be events you need to attend when your in a flare and the best way to combat the symptoms is by being prepared. So though natural healing is always the best route, my kit includes different pills and supplements to help me in the moment. You never know how you may react while out and about, or traveling. And, having to use these measures isn’t going to throw you off your healing journey. 

When it comes to the different pills or supplements I include,  the generic and Trade name will be provided to make it easier to know what I am talking about. However,  don’t hate on the generics, they have the same amount of active ingredient and are usually cheaper to purchase! Pay attention to any allergies you may have because the generics typically just have slight differences in composition of inactive ingredients.

IBD Emergency kit

Here are the things in my current IBD emergency kit so you can get inspiration in creating your own!

First things first, you need a cute bag to hold all your things! I opt for a small zipper pouch that fits right into my purse. If I need to carry something smaller, I take out the most important essentials and take them with me. Try this one or this one if you need ideas! I personally have a small pill case in mine that holds a number of different pills (try one like this, or a more simple version). I know which pills are which, so I do not mind them being loose in there. The pill bottles or blister packs can get bulky so I tend to have everything ready to go. If at any time you are unsure of what pill is which, you can always look up to logo online with a logo identifier like the one on drugs.com.

The actual essentials:

  • Loperamide (Immodium), my number one go to. This is always, always, always in my kit.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Simethicone (Gas X)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid), or any other antacid.
  • Activated Charcoal, I just started using these if I know I may cheat on a meal or eat something I probably shouldn’t. It definitely has helped take the edge off in terms of feeling like crap while out! Here are the ones I use.
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is also always in my kit or literally on my person. I tend to have random allergic reactions to things so this is a necessity.
  • Hand sanitizer. I am always prepared for clean hands. As much as I love Bath and Body Works, Purell is my go to.
  • Travel toilet paper rolls or small packages of tissues. I think my biggest fear is having to run to the bathroom for a flare and after going, realizing there is no toilet paper.
  • When I was on actual pill form medication for my IBD, I would have some in my pill case as well. Now that I do injections, I do not need to worry about that.

Do you have an IBD emergency kit? What do you include? I’m always looking for new suggestions and must haves to add to my ever changing kit! Let me know!

-Kelsey

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