The first few days after a type one diagnosis are a blur. There is so much information coming your way…and it’s all life or death…literally. As soon as you are discharged, you return to your house with an armful of type 1 diabetes supplies that you need ALL THE TIME. The first time you leave the house post-diagnosis can feel similar to the first time your leave the house with a newborn baby…SO MUCH STUFF! I didn’t exactly know what emergency supplies I should bring, so I brought it all. Over time, I slowly started to figure out which supplies we actually needed, added a few supplies that I didn’t realize we might need and eventually streamlined our type 1 emergency gear game. In case you are new to type 1 or just looking to double check your supply list here is what works for us.
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Type 1 Diabetes Supply Case
There are thousands of bags, cases, and carriers marketed for type one diabetes supplies. Some are cute, some not so much, some are economical, some not so much. The Diabet-ezy Multi-Fit Case was our first and still is our most favorite case to date. It comes in classic colors and is built to last. If you are looking to upgrade your gear, I highly recommend this case. I promise you will not regret it!
What Do I Love About This Case?
- I love all the pockets for organization according to your needs. (T1D Tip: I use the test-wipes box as a mini-trash can for lancets and used test strips.)
- I love that this case can hold everything! This case can fit all our supplies and all our low snacks in a single case. Why is this so amazing? If my husband takes our T1D kiddo out for the day, he simply needs to grab this case from my bag and everything he needs is right there. That means I don’t have to double-check his packing, he doesn’t need to repack or remember more than one bag. It’s just grab, transfer and go!
- I love that this case is high quality. It is so well-made. I can easily see this case lasting us for years to come as there is not a single sign of wear and tear after a year of everyday use.
What Should You Pack?
You have your favorite case in hand…now what? More important than the case is what you pack inside that life-saving case. Here is what we carry with us everyday and everywhere.
- Glucagon – We all hope we never need this.
- Syringes – These are needed whether you are MDI or not. Syringes can be used to draw insulin from a failed pump if needed. They can also be used to give a mini-glucagon injection if needed.
- Fast-Acting Carbs – Items such as glucose gel, honey sticks (our fave), juice, jellybeans, skittles, gummy bears, etc.
- Protein + Carb Snack – Items such as Lara Bars (our fave), granola, PB/ cheese crackers to help stabilize blood sugar or in the case you utilize Glucagon and need to get some protein + carbs in your belly.
- Urine Test Strips – Just in case you suspect ketones while on the go.
- Blood Glucose Test Strips – Make sure you aren’t running low on strips before leaving the house.
- Glucose Meter – For all that fun blood sugar testing.
- Poker – You know why.
- Lancets – Change your lancet. Just do it.
- Insulin – Don’t leave home without it.
- Needle Clipper – Don’t want to carry a sharps container? adhesive remover wipes, skin prep wipes, alcohol wipes, Skintac wipes and adhesive patches for CGM and pump all stored in a ziplock bag for a CGM/ pump change on the go.
- Pump Supplies – Items such as infusion sets, extra Omnipods, tubing, etc.
- Anti-Nausea Meds – Some doctors will prescribe this and others refuse. We carry these in case our son starts throwing up away from home, so we can quickly (hopefully) get a handle on nausea before it becomes a bigger issue. (NOTE: Always check ketones every two hours and contact your endo since anti-nausea meds can mask symptoms of DKA.)
- Control Solution – I rarely use this to check our glucose meter, but I am of the mindset to control what you can control and this is why it is part of our supply bag.
So, has this list been helpful to you? Did I miss anything that you ALWAYS carry in your emergency case? What is your favorite emergency case for diabetes organization?