I’m not terribly fond of fanny packs, and slipping the Epi-Pen into my boot as I’ve heard other riders do didn’t seem like a great idea. Still, I wanted it attached to my body in case my mare and I should ever part ways and I should need to use it. But Epi-Pens need to be protected from heat, a feat that would prove a challenge during hot summer rides. Thanks to some hunting around the internet, I’ve come up with a solution.
FRIO makes a Duo Insulin Cooling Wallet which is large enough to carry one (or two) Epi-Pens. The wallet is soft, the Epi-Pen easily fits inside, and I’m reassured that my body heat and the summer temperatures won’t affect the viability of the Epi-Pen. According to FRIO, the cooling wallet will stay cold for up to 45 hours. It also protects against freezing. While the wallet requires about a half hour’s worth of preparation time, I do it while I’m tacking up my horse. By the time we’re ready to go, so is the cooling wallet.
The whole case, Epi-Pen included, fits inside the adult-sized SPIbelt. Designed for runners and athletes, the SPIbelt (Small Personal Item belt) features a soft, expandable zippered pocket. It fights tightly against the body and doesn’t move around, which I appreciate, and is nowhere near as bulky as a fanny pack. I wear it under my shirt, and while the look isn’t exactly flattering, it’s still pretty decent considering it’s an Epi-Pen that I’ve strapped to myself.
So, if you or another rider you know needs to carry an Epi-Pen, insulin, or other medication, the pairing of these two items might be a good solution for you. Happy riding!