website statistics

The Everyday Carry

12 Essential Medications To Carry In Your Everyday Carry

Besides for having some kind of first aid kit in your everyday carry bag, having some basic medications right at hand when you need them can also be a real lifesaver. Whether it's cold or flu season, or that mysterious allergic reaction that just hit you, when you have exactly what you need makes life so much better and easier.

There are some basic medications that I make sure that I have, whether in the car's glove box, In my Everyday Carry bag or in the desk at work, I know that if I need something, it's within reach easily.

I put my over the counter (OTC) medications in small 3x4 reclosable bags I picked up at Michaels, regardless of individual wrappings. They are sorted into the following three bags:

  • Cold & Flu
  • Allergies
  • Aches and Pains
  • Health and Wellness

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Ibuprofen | Aches and Pains

Ibuprofen is one of those OTC's that I like to have a lot of. I got a pack of 50 Ibuprofen tables (2 tabs in each pack) on Amazon. Ibuprofen is one of those OTC medications that just about everyone that I know can use. It's quite handy to have these around, and I have four packs (8tabs) in the Aches and Pains bag.

Bayer (Aspirin) | Aches and Pains

As an alternative to Ibuprofin, I also carry four packs of bayer (2 tabs per bag) in the Aches and Pains bag. It's always good to have a second alternative, especially when dealing with headaches.

Aspirin can also help to intervene with a heart attack, and having Bayer around helps (as opposed to Tylenol).

The reason is that many people have seen the Bayer Heart Attack Commercials, and have grown to understand that Bayer, as a brand of aspirin can help to stop a heart attack. In truth, Aspirin is what you need, not the brand. At any rate, if you happen to be at a restaurant or some place, and someone starts to have a heart attack, giving them Bayer brand Aspirin causes a lot less worry than another brand due to Bayer's marketing.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, When someone is having a heart attack, Aspirin works faster if you chew it than just swallow a pill. 

Midol Menstrual Complete | Aches and Pains

Don't look at me weird. I have two women in the house that get cramps. Midol is much like any other NSAID, but it was designed for cramps in mind, and trust me, the girls don't complain about me carrying this for them.

Allergy Medications

Claritin | Allergies

I pack 2 individual claritin travel pack tabs all the time, but during spring and fall, I will pack 4 rather than two. When you have allergies, you're miserable. Trust me... I get them bad! Having these tabs around really makes the day suck less!

Benadryl | Allergies

I keep benadryl primarily to fight allergic reactions (food allergies, bee stings, etc...) that either my friends and family or I might encounter. When someone gets hit with an allergy, short of having an epi pen, Benadryl is the next best thing. If the affected person is able to either crush or chew the tab, then like the Aspirin described above, they will begin to feel relief within a few minutes.

Cold and Flu Remedies

Dayquil & Nyquil Soft Gels | Cold and Flu

I also pack both Dayquil and Nyquil in the cold and flu bag. The ones that you find in drug stores come in these little bubble packs where there are two gelcaps per bubble. At any rate, since they're sealed, I just toss them into the bag.

I put three dayquil bubbles (6 gelcaps) and two nyquil bubbles (4 gelcaps) in to the bag

Alka Seltzer | Cold and Flu

Another essential I carry is Alka Seltzer. I carry the individual 2 tablet travel packs, available on Amazon for 50 packs (100 tablets). These are more of an office thing than used while out traveling, but I have four packets in the Cold and Flu bag.

Halls Cough Drop Packs | Cold and Flu

I also have a pack of Halls cough drops in the Cold and flu bag. They're just the single packs that you find in Gas Stations, and have 9 per pack. They're always a nice thing to have around when your throat is sore or you have a stuffy nose.

Health And Wellness Supplements

TUMS / Rolaids | Health and Wellness

Heartburn sucks, and it can happen without much of a warning. When you got it bad, it can really make the day suck too. I carry two small rolls of antacids. I have one TUMS roll and one Rolaids. It's more to give people a choice of what they would prefer than anything else. 

Emergen-C | Health and Wellness

Emergency is just a vitamin C booster. I will take this on first signs of a cold coming on to try and help my body fight whatever it is that's trying to attack me. I carry six packets, enough for two days (3 packets a day).

5 Hour Energy Drinks | Health and Wellness

While these bottles don't fit well into a bag, I have two in the car, two in the bag and two in my desk. Not everyone likes them, or even believes they work, but for me, when I need them, there are there.

Daily Multi Vitamins | Health and wellness

I have a small bag of my personal daily vitamins. There are just for me. They don't treat any ailment, but are a good supplement for when you have that really bad lunch on the go!

Latest Reviews

  • Pokka Pens Are The Perfect Pocket Pens for Everyday Carry

    everyday carry pokka pen reviewPokka Pens are ballpoint pens that conveniently fit into your pocket when not in use. I got my order of Pokka pens just a couple weeks ago, and I have absolutely fell in love with them. Their small size makes it easy to carry a pen in your pocket, Everyday Carry pouch, backpack or purse, and they perform very closely to the feel of a Bic Crystal, those old clear Bic pens that used to sit by your grandparent's rotary phone.

    Read more ...  
  • Whirl-Pak 1 Liter Bags For Water Storage and Portability In Your EDC

    Nasco Whirl Pak 1 Litre Water Bag ReviewWhirl-Pak Bags are the ideal, low-profile solution to water portability problems with your everyday carry gear. Whirl Pak 1 liter bags fold down to almost nothing, so you can take a bunch with you to gather and save water when needed. While the bags, made by Nasco, are seen more commonly in bug out bags and prepper gear, it never hurts to have a couple with you, even if there isn't a water emergency. Having a Whirl-pak bag means being able to carry water with you, even if it's only because you think you're going to get thirsty on your commute home. A six-bag pack can be found on Amazon for $10.

    Read more ...  
  • Maxpedition Daily Essentials (DEP) Everyday Carry Pouch

    thumb Maxpedition Daily Essentials DEP Everyday Carry Pouch frontIf you're going to carry an everyday carry pouch, the Maxpedition Daily Essentials Pouch (DEP) is about as manly as you can get. Large enough for a 7 inch tablet with enough depth for just about all your EDC gear, the Maxpedition Daily Essentials Pouch is a perfect way to carry those daily essentials.

    It has two generously large pouches, and comes in tan, gray and black, and has the quality you'd expect from Maxpedition.

    Read more ...  
  • Nebo Lil Larry 6373 Work Light 250 Lumens White/Red LED

    thumb NEBO LiL Larry Work LightOK, so I was saving the second Nebo work light for today's review. Yesterday, I reviewed the Nebo LEO 220 Lumens flashlight and this little flashlight is of similar design. Although it doesn't have the spotlight head that the LEO has, the Lil Larry (Stock# 6373) has it's own set of really cool features.

    As the title says, it's a 250 lumen work light, but has a low mode putting out about 100 lumens, and a red LED emergency flasher mode that blinks twice a second. The flashlight costs around $18 on Amazon, and is the perfect work light for your home, car or everyday carry bag.

    Read more ...  

Latest Bag Dumps

  • Pocket Dump: M/26/Music Event Production, IT Technician, DJ

    M 26 Music Event Production IT Technician DJReddit user,burniemcburn, works in the music industry in event audio technician and DJ when the chance arises. He's laid out his gear for us to peek at, and it's a very nice layout indeed. Of course The Shure SE-215 IEMs are no surprise, and the three adaptors are there when the need arises.

    Read more ...  
  • US Marine's Everyday Carry [Blackscout Survival]

    thumb Chance Sanders EDC coverI like watching the BlackScout Survival videos on YouTube. Most of the time, I'll watch them at night when I'm laying in bed trying to get to sleep, but earlier today, one of particular interest was published, "A Marine's EDC", and I had to watch it during my lunch.

    US Marine Chance Sanders (The Broken Arrow Survival School - FB Page) takes a few moments to show us what's in his Everyday Carry. Thank you to BSS for putting up a really nice video!

    Read more ...  
  • Senior Computer Engineering Student EDC [20/M]

    thumb senior computer engineering student edc El IsoReddit user, El Iso, posted a very nice EDC. With the two knives, lighter, flashlight and a few other items, we'd say this senior computer engineering student has what it takes to make the grade... at least his everyday carry does.

    Read more ...  
  • US Army Compass Pouch LC-1 Coat & Belt Everyday Carry

    thumb US Army Compass Pouch EDC 10A couple days ago I stopped in Joe's Army Navy over in Royal Oak, MI. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but as always, I walked out with some items. One of the items was a Compass Pouch (LC-1). I had a few of these a while ago, and I really liked them to keep small items in. With this one, I decided that I'd use it as a very small Pocket Everyday Carry that holds a few OTC Meds and First Aid. Due to it's small 4"x4"x1.5" capacity, it's perfect, and these compass pouches like mine, usually come with an Alice Clip that was the Molle System's predecessor. I like this little clip because it's easy to clip the pouch to my belt if needed. Let's take a look inside to see what I've put in it.

    Read more ...  


Follow @theverydaycarry

kershaw cryo banner

Spyderco Paramilitary 2

41% OFF the Spyderco Paramilitary 2!


Fenix PD35 EDC Flashlight Sale!

35% OFF 960 Lumen Fenix PD35


About The Everyday Carry

The Everyday Carry caters to Preppers and Individuals that have an interest in Everyday Carry. This is not a Survivalist or Disaster Preparedness website. If you are interested in what to carry everyday to make your (and your family's) life better, than this is the correct place to be. An Everyday Carry is simply the items that you carry everyday, and there is a general interest in what others carry in their backpacks, messenger bags, tactical pouches and on their person.

What's In Your Everyday Carry?

Share what you carry every day with others to give ideas and help them become better prepared for everyday life.

Submit Your EDC

Banner image credit: Wojtek B

S5 Box



You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.