I started carrying a purse when I was younger than my friends. My eight year old friends asked me what on earth I filled it with. As a response, I pulled out my giant EpiPens and explained that as an allergy kid, I always have to have emergency epinephrine in case I have a reaction. When I was a kid, the nice and compact Auvi-Qs had not been invented. Instead, I had these giant needles stored in my bag that baffled all of my friends. Then wristlets became popular. But no, I could only ever wear bulky purses. Then Auvi-Qs were released. I was so excited because now, at last, I can carry around the cute wristlets (well, the slightly larger ones, at least).
Over the years, I have found some wonderful EpiPen and Auvi-Q holders. It is recommended that people carry two injectors at once, so holders make this much more convenient, especially for boys. Click here for some great Auvi-Q holders, and click here for some great EpiPen holders.
Now I have a combination of EpiPens and Auvi Qs. I keep some in my backpack, some in my choir bag, some at home, some in my purse, etc. I always try to have backup epinephrine! I have learned to not be embarrassed when someone asks about epinephrine injections. It becomes a wonderful teachable moment, and I can spread the word about food allergies.