Theirs a few things you should consider when looking around for supply bags.
Can the insulin storage bag keep it cool? Most containers these days are insulated so that is one less concern to have. The insulation is by far one of the most important factors because if you do decide to add some sort of cooling agent, the insulation will prevent your insulin from freezing.
My two favorite bags about big enough to fit an Omnipod PDF or Novolog Flexpen. I would suggest one of those two first. Now what you will find hard to find when you are browsing the web is a small diabetic bag that also accommodates ice packs for your insulin.
These bags are NOT a replacement container for holding all of your diabetes supplies. I say that because they can hold some of the basics but much of your gear will simply be too big for such small bags. Theirs no way you could fit a few insulin vials in a bag in addition to snacks, wipes and other accessories. I would suggest a nice fanny pack if you want to get everything in one place.
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Let me repeat some of the parameters I looked into while deciding which bag is best that still looks aesthetic.
Is it insulated?
Most of the accessories you find on the market will have insulation. This is extremely important to consider when shopping. Now how are they insulated? Generally you will find polyester lining inside the pack, a stretchable type of fabric that most fitness clothings use.
I appreciate the fact these containers have something flexible in case you need to really stuff it. In addition, if the package doesn’t come with a ice gel pack, I would suggest one. The ice gel pack is made of vinyl-coated silica gel most of the time because it’s one of the cheapest options.
Does this fit an Omnipod PDF or equivalent?
With the pod size around 1.53 in x 2.05 in x 0.57 in, it is actually a fairly small device for something that can provide over 72 hours of insulin delivery. Rest assured you will be able to fit an Omnipod in any of the bags we suggest.
Can it fit a Novolog Flexpen (NF)?
The Novolog Flexpen is actually quite long in comparison to a humalog. Because of the Novologs size generally you need to be careful when choosing a way to store it. ASCVS believes it should fit any of the bags we review in this post.
Are Ice Packs Included? (included 2 ice packs) ex.
That will be completely determined by the shipper, check out the amazon offer for those details. If not, you can get one for less than 2 dollars.
Can it fit insulin vials?
If you find a piece of storage on Amazon or wherever you shop that isn’t built for insulin vial storage. That company is simply peddling regular storage items as DM friendly. Apart from that concern, you shouldn’t have that for any of these, in fact some even have elastic holders for additional vials.
Most importantly, will those adorable bags fit what you need? Yes.
Why doesn’t the industry invest more into a bags looks?
For some reason Gucci, Prada or Supreme don’t see a value in serving the DM community. At ASCVS we think this is a tragic mistake. As a company we have even considered our own line DM supplies that have more of a flair than the basic stuff on the market.
For an illness that affects 29.1 MILLION people in America alone, you would think clothing lines and fashion brands would be beating down the door. One thing we don’t need is a fast fashion industry. That’s why we love to see customized home made items from Etsy or Ebay. Building a product that will be dependable and unique is a goal for any company looking to get footing in the market.
First of all, what do you need in fashionable diabetic bags (apart from glitter)?
If you have type 1 or 2 diabetes you should always keep these items on you almost at all times:
- Blood sugar meter
- Juice boxes
- Diabetic cases for insulin pens
- Pen needles
- Alcohol wipes
- Extra lancets
- Extra testing strips
Many people feel constricted by their illness, you really shouldn’t. We are all human, flawed and unique. Millions of people live in Diabetes in America and around the world. Theirs no reason why you shouldn’t be able to look your BEST while still being healthy.
If you are ready to take steps to defeat your illness we suggest checking out this article on ASCVS. It goes in-depth into the world of DM that most people are completely unaware of. It changed my opinion on the disease and I am sure you would love the knowledge.
How do you choose the stylish cases for review?
We simply pick our DM affected staff to make a selection of bags they either own or on their wishlist. It shouldn’t be too hard to find a good case but apparently, the market isn’t really itching for new options. Without a doubt, you can find options via myabetic.com but we have taken the time to curate the perfect choices for you.
How can I find free options?
Albeit programs like the bag of hope exist you may be better off looking to reuse fanny pack until you can afford an option built for your needs. We would love to provide a free option for people in need in the future but such a program would require a large investment. The lower income community is still very underserved in regards to insulin support and materials to help ease the lifestyle many do not have the choice to be a part of.
Certified medical sets to carry your materials?
Albeit you can find medically approved options to hold your materials. These packs tend to be much more expensive and all you really pay for is a little seal. If you buy into an expensive medical accessory, they may provide a complimentary bag as well.
Glyade MR is essentially a prescribed carb blocker (alpha glucosidase inhibitors). Very commonly used by individuals who either cannot control their blood glucose or they simply know they will cheat on their diet.
You’ll need a pill container but most of these bags can fit a small to medium sized container. ASCVS would not suggest placing your pills directly into the bag.