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Old 01-14-2013, 10:28 PM
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Med / Medication Carry or Container Options

Just curious, for those of you, like me, have to carry a plethora of med's to hold us together, how do you carry yours, while hiking. I was thinking of some kind of container with an "O" ring to seal out moisture, like matches come in, but not sure if anyone sells them.

Also, here in KY, medications, not in their origional container, can get you an overnighter in the local jail. That's just a risk I have to take, as I can't carry a bag full of big pill bottles, but if I had something small and discreet that could carry a few day's worth, it would be very helpful.

I can automaically rule out one of those plastic carriers the days of the week on each compartment, that just screams out "I'm carrying multiple medications outside of their bottle with my name on it".

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Ironic, I live in a very free state where I can carry a gun anyway I wish, open or concealed, but can't carry my medication....

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:12 AM
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The way that I currently carry my medications (for backpacking trips) may not be what you're looking for.

I carry each type of med (e.g. antihistamine) in its own tiny zipper bag. These individual bags are stored in my lightweight first aid kit. I carry any meds and supplements that I take on a daily basis on my person, in the same type of tiny zipper bags. However, there are times that I've carried these pill bags in a hipbelt pocket or some other pack pocket.

I'm not giving advice on this, but I would not give anyone a reason to search me for pills in the backcountry. I'd think a backcountry search would be a highly rare occurrence. I'd back up any such issues with proof of prescriptions, if it were ever needed.

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Old 01-15-2013, 02:43 AM
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Thanks, Reality. Good idea. I'll have to snag a bunch of those. I have very little fear of getting searched period, on the trail, or on the road. The cops are really strict on this in KY, due to our overwhelming oxycontin, xanax, and meth problem.

Since I don't take non-prescription drugs, or use or carry pot, there's very little chance I'd ever be searched, while driving. But, then again, this is KY, and if I got pulled over for the most simple thing, and the cop even suspected I might have something stashed in a backpack, stuff sack, even my laptop case, he will find a reason to search. No illegal drugs or narcotics, but like I said at the beginning, it's illegal to carry any prescription drug out of it's original container, and they won't hesitate to throw my hind end in the pokey for a couple of days or more, until they sort it out, and then arrange a meeting with the judge who will charge me a bit of money for the cops' autograph.

But, those small ziplocks, discretely stashed in the NeoAir, rolled up in it's stuff sack is a good idea. Probably pretty water proof, also. Good idea.

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:17 AM
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I do pretty much the same thing as Reality. Occasionally, I also cut out the tiny prescription labels that are often included somewhere on the printout sheet from the pharmacy and stick those in there somewhere. Lots less bulky than pill bottles, but has pretty much the same info on them.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:28 PM
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I've got a small "days of the week" plastic container that I keep my meds in. It goes with the rest of the first aid kit in a quart ziploc, which goes into a red waterproof nylon bag. Also in the red bag are my toiletries, vitamins, etc. That way, I have all of that available easily. It's not very stealthy but it is handy.

Most of my meds are OTC but I do carry a couple Vicodin left over from previous surgery, just in case I need a big time pain killer on the trail. I might peel the label off the old prescription bottle and put that with the Vicodin to be safe, although I've never worried about being searched while on the trail. The only possession of mine any authority in the back country has ever shown an interest in was my camping permit, which I wire to my pack.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:29 PM
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Thanks, but that won't work for me. If you'll see in my OP, those little plastic compartmented boxes with the days of the week, are o.k. for the house to keep things organized, but illegal to carry pills in, while on the road or outside of the house. Prescription drugs in KY, must be in origional bottle, with the carrier's name on it, as well as the rest of the pertinent information.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:39 PM
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Here's an example snapshot of the little EZY Dose Pill Pouch bags that I've been using in at least one of my kits.



I've used a variety of little zip bags, but most of the little ones from craft and hardware supply stores all end up slitting along a seam or the zip area fails. This, of course, depends on frequency of use, etc.

These are quite durable and reliable. And I'm strong enough to carry the wisp of extra weight.

I usually cut off a good portion of the plastic above the zipper - primarily to reduce its size.

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:42 PM
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Great! Don't know why I couldn't have thought of that a long time ago. You can get those at any hardware store, etc, but if you've had problems with those splitting, I'll just take the easy way out and snag some of these from the link.

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:44 PM
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I've found the EZY Dose version in several pharmacies and stores that have pharmacy areas.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:38 PM
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I've found the EZY Dose version in several pharmacies and stores that have pharmacy areas.

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Great!, I'll try to snag some tomorrow.

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