One of the biggest problems that we can encounter during a bug out or survival situation is developing an allergic reaction to something along the way.  This is why it’s a good reason to consider having a supply of allergy medicine on hand, particularly if a reaction takes place when you’re far from help.  However, Benadryl, or similar anti-allergy products can represent a double-edged sword because of their side-effects and risk of addiction.

Symptom Relief

It’s important to note that anti-allergy medication does not change how the body reacts when exposed to something that triggers an immune response.  Rather, it masks symptoms and helps to provide some relief until the source of the problem is gone.  While relief from symptoms will be very-welcome, it will only be for the short-term, and people tend to develop a quick tolerance to medication as they take it over and over again.  Consequently, it’s important to try to avoid coming into contact with things that are known to trigger reactions after you discover what they are.

Dulling of Senses

One of the major side-effects of allergy medication is that it can act as a depressant, dull senses and slow down reaction times.  The active ingredient also tends to make people groggy and apathetic, and it can also impair thinking.  This can have a negative impact on our ability to think clearly, use good judgment and to meet the physical challenges of whatever situation we’re contending with at the time.  Try to avoid using too much medicine while making important decisions or taking on strenuous projects that require you to be on top of your game.


Another problem with many anti-allergy medications is that the effects can leave people feeling rotten and drained the following day.  This is one of the reasons that they are so addictive, and it can be very easy to get caught up in a cycle of taking additional pills in order to counter these effects.  Use the medication as sparingly as possible in order to minimize the chances of developing a tolerance that could easily turn into a dependence that you definitely don’t want to contend with during a crisis.

Liquids vs Pills

When choosing the right type of medication to pack away, keep in mind that they are not created equally.  Pills tend to be more durable and have a long shelf life.  Liquid capsules tend to have a shorter shelf life, but they start to work in the body a lot faster.  Additionally, both are susceptible to the effects of the environment.  Capsules can melt or fuse together when stored in hot or humid conditions whereas tablets can turn into a pasty-goo when exposed to moisture.  Consider the conditions that you will most-likely be encountering in order to protect your supplies in the field.

Don’t think twice about packing away some anti-allergy medication, because it can make contending with difficult situations much easier when you’re having a reaction.  However, it’s important to be mindful of these tips so that you don’t end up unintentionally creating more problems along the way.