I have some serious baggage.
Not in the emotional sense (though as yesterday’s post implies, there’s probably plenty of that, too), but in the literal sense: between type 1 diabetes and autoimmune arthritis, the sheer volume of “stuff” that I have to carry every day is staggering. Insulin pump tubing, reservoirs, and infusion sets; insulin vials; insulin pens just in case my pump dies; extra medication in case I get stuck working an all-nighter; a glucose meter, strips, and lancet; and to top it all off back-up EVERYTHING. It gets to be a bit much.
When I first started carrying all that, I was convinced that I needed some sort of specialty bag… something that was “made for people with diabetes!” Since then, I’ve realized that there are a multitude of bags, cases and compartments that have the form factor and level of protection that I need for my medical supplies while still being something that I’d be happy to carry pre-broken pancreas.
My personal solution involves a number of small bags. By using bags that come in different colors and designs, it’s easier to snag exactly what you need out of your purse without fishing around and eventually getting so annoyed that you pour everything out on the table in the middle of the restaurant.
Kate Spade New York Daycation Coin Purse
The current fave is the Kate Spade New York Daycation Coin Purse which, at 3.5″ high x 5.5″ wide, won’t fit everything but is great for compartmentalizing all of the little stuff. I find that one can easily hold my glucose meter, a vial of test strips and my Delica lancer. All of my testing supplies in a case that’s easy to locate even in a dark movie theater using only the light from my phone? Yes, please.
Vera Bradley Slim Case
For something a little better suited to carrying things like syringes, insulin pens and vials, the Vera Bradley Slim Case in Lemon Parfait is about as cute and practical as you can hope for. My current record for amount of stuff crammed into one of these includes: two syringes, a vial, 3 tampons, lipgloss and one of those tiny pencils that they have at Ikea. If “Lemon Parfait” isn’t your thing, it also comes in Folkloric, and Blue Lagoon.