Last week I got a message on facebook wondering if I could help out the friend of a friend who was in town and in need of infusion sets. I was more than happy to help considering I have been on trips where I (separately): forgot reservoirs/cartridges, forgot insulin, left my only meter in a hotel room, lost my lancing device, and had a Dexcom receiver self-destruct two days before Christmas.
I think part of my problem in traveling with diabetes is the difficulty in finding the perfect case to carry my medications and supplies. During Friends for Life last July I noticed a new case at the Medtronic booth, and a few months later I had the opportunity to give it a try.
I have only used it on a weekend road trip, but I like that the hard shell case would also hold up in my carry on bags on a flight. I don’t know exactly how to describe it because it is just hard enough that my supplies won’t get dented or damaged inside but it still has a little give to it (1).
There are some many pockets zippers and elastics bands when I open the cover (2) that I hardly know what to do with all of them (here’s a link to the company website that ACTUALLY shows what fits where). If I used insulin pens, I am sure that some of the bands would be more handy for storage. As of now, on the left it holds: my contact information, a spare battery, the different tapes for my infusion sets and CGM sites, an ice pack (not insulated but was a short trip), and an insulin vial. The center elastic band holds a spare vial of test strips. On the left I included my ketone meter and the scissors for my tape. The ketone meter sits on one of the Velcro patches. There’s also a small zippered pouch that I suppose I could use for spare lancet drums or to hold used test strips on future trips.
Perhaps the best feature of the whole case is the large underneath compartment (3). So far, I have been able to fit a few pump infusion sites, a few pump reservoirs/cartridges, more tape, and a CGM sensor.
I saw a conversation recently in the CGM in the Cloud group on Facebook that some families use the smaller version of the case to hold their child’s CGM rig in their backpack.
I’m really hoping that by having most of my supplies in one place I can break the bad habit of leaving something behind, especially for the upcoming holiday season.
Disclosure: I received the Diabete-ezy case from Medtronic Diabetes a few weeks after speaking to a representative about it at the Friends for Life conference. I was not asked to write about it, and the thoughts and opinions in this post remain my own. The Diabete-ezy case can be purchase directly from the Medtronic store here (which now includes guest checkout for those of us who are not pump customers).