Type 1 Diabetes 101: Go Bag and a Little Pump Info

When you go out of the house, what kinds of things do you grab to take with you? Your cell phone? Wallet? Keys?

If you have a baby then you probably grab some diapers, wipes, and maybe something to feed them. Throw them in a bag and head out the door.

But what if you have a diabetic child? What kinds of things do you need to carry with your to care for that diabetic child?

There is a long list of things that come with diabetes. For most of us mama’s of diabetics we have “go bags” or “d bags” (my hubby forbids that word since it also refers to something not so nice…so we stick with “go bag”). Up above is a picture of our “go bag” that I made just for our supplies.

First is the bag that contains everything. This bag is basically designed the same as a toiletry bag. It is big and roomy. I have enough room for a small plastic container that is big enough to hold crackers and juice. It is just a small Sterilite box that I picked up at Walmart in the Home section.

Inside that bag are a variety of pouches.

There are pouches with vinyl on the front and a snap to keep it closed for each of the following supplies: Ketone/Blood Glucose strips (8, 9), bandaids (4), alcohol pads (5), and lancets. There is a bigger version that holds needles (3), needle clipper, and some more alcohol pads. The smaller pouches all fit nicely into a larger pouch that is lined with fleece, closed with a zipper, and also holds the meter (6) and lancing device (7).

These items stay in our go bag at all times. We replace as needed but don’t use these supplies at home.

When we are ready to leave our planner (which contains logs and appointment information) and an insulated bag (which holds an ice pack and the fast acting insulin) get thrown in as well.

The nice thing about our go bag is that it easily fits into a diaper bag, large purse, or backpack without adding too much bulk but can also be pulled out to carry in without drawing attention to itself.

We are making a transition right now to pumping. This changes supplies just a little bit.

With the pump we no longer have to carry the vial of insulin on a normal basis. If there is an emergency we can draw insulin from the pump’s cartridge. But we will still carry a needle or two. We will have to carry a meter that doubles as a remote, and its test strips. Some mom’s also carry an extra inset and cartridge.

For those who don’t know what these things look like, here are some pictures that I have pulled from other websites of the Animas pump and supplies.

The pump itself is comparable in size to a cell phone. They come in a variety of colors but we chose the pretty blue for S. The silver part is the meter. It tests his sugars and is also a remote to the pump so that we don’t have to get into his pump pouches in order to deliver insulin.

Here is a picture of the cartridge. The blue part helps to pull the insulin into the cartridge. The center part is the actual cartridge. And the tube on the far right is a needle that is used to pull the insulin out of the insulin bottle and into the cartridge. It comes in pieces because when the insulin is in the cartridge the cartridge itself is the only part that goes into the pump.

This picture is a little small but here is the inset that we have been using. The top picture shows what it looks like when it is all packaged up. The bottom portion shows what it looks like on the body. For S we insert it into a rear cheek. Its one of the few places that he has enough fat. There is a little tube that stays in his skin at all times and allows the insulin to enter his body. There are a few other varieties of insets available but we have not tried them yet.

And that is a quick overview of our go bag and a few of the supplies that come with pumping. I plan on doing a more detailed post on pumping after we have been doing it for awhile. Right now we are novices and I would love to have more experience before sharing it with you.

I leave you with a picture of my handsome little man with his pump on. He is loving the thing!


2 thoughts on “Type 1 Diabetes 101: Go Bag and a Little Pump Info

  1. lifebydmagdalene says:

    That bag is precious indeed! Thanks for sharing Dana and I admire your family’s courage and resilience to go through this awful illness. I pray that in the near future, diabetes will have a permanent cure so that no person will ever experience the hardship that comes with it.


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