Sometimes we have a LOT of T1D stuff to carry. And depending on the event, a full on backpack isn’t always welcome. Here are some of my favorite ways to carry T1D supplies. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite is or if I didn’t mentions yours!
Ways to Carry T1D Supplies (all of them!)
If you’re wondering where to get some of these things I’ll make sure to link everything below, when applicable. Now let’s dive in!
1. Pockets & Hoods
This is ideal for those cool Fall and Winter months when you’re layered up with hoodies and coats. They’re a pocket goldmine! Recently I’ve been using my hood as a “pocket” and it’s amazing! Not so great if you’re running. But perfect for walking.
Backpacks are perfect for hikes or long walks because I typically need more supplies. I’m LOVING the sling backpack from Sugar Medical because it’s insulated, has lots of compartments, isn’t bulky, and is super comfortable. Not great for biking (because it slides to your belly if you’re at an inclined body position as you are with biking), but great for walking or hiking.
3. Fanny Pack
How retro of us! Fanny packs are great for walks. They can’t carry a lot of diabetes stuff, but are the perfect size for small outings.
4. Flip Belt
Flipbelts are my go to for running & races (like this Spartan race!). They fit snug on the hips and don’t bounce around. The space is limited so you have to be strategic about what you put inside. For example, if I’m wearing my flip belt I’ll choose gummies, maple syrup pouch, or glucose gel/tablets instead of a juice box.
5. Dog Backpack
Let your dog join in on the action! Dog backpacks are a great way for you to carry gear and give your pup more exercise. Be sure that the weight isn’t too heavy for them and that both sides are even in weight. We love the dog backpack from Mountain Smith. They have updated the design (for the better!) since we got this back in the early 2000’s.
Bonus points if it’s made specifically for diabetes, like my Sugar Medical Omnipod Supply Case. This is my main diabetes carrying case. Anytime I leave the house I throw this case in my purse or backpack. But it’s also great solo. When I’m going for a walk on my lunch break, which is usually a 45min walk, I’ll just take this case. It holds my meter, pdm, cgm, and a couple low snacks. I like to stash a few maple syrup pouches in here because they don’t take up much room.
This one is obvious, but it doesn’t go without mentioning. Purses are an excellent way to carry T1D supplies. And if your purse is a diaper bag then more power to you because those babies are usually insulated! It helps if you supplies aren’t just floating around, so I like to put everything in my supply cases and then put that supply case in my purse. As mentioned above, Sugar Medical is my go-to. But you can also use a pencil bag, or any ‘ol zippered pouch.
8. Waterproof Float Bag/ Dry Bag
These are great for any water activity that you’re doing. They come in a ton of different sizes, materials, and colors. I really like the dry sacks from amazon but there are tons of great options out there!
9. Ziploc Bag
Never underestimate simplicity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten a waterproof bag at the beach and had to use a Ziploc bag. But no shame here, they work great!
Let’s Keep the Conversation Going…
Let me know in the comments what your favorite way to carry T1D supplies is.