Every person with T1D has one of these, but almost everyone calls it something different 😉 from, kit, blood kit, gogo bag, sugar kit, to just the bag and what they hold is equally as varied. We all have different requirements for he care of our diabetes and these carefully chosen and packed kits or bags are testament to that.
Today I’m going to open up my blood kit and show y’all how I organize it to make sure that I always have everything I need when I need it. I’ll explain why I have chosen the specific items within it and where I source everything.
As always if you have any questions of if any links are not working etc please comment below and I will do my best to answer 🙂
My blood kit, it’s bright pink (to match my pump, of course!) and it’s a standard hard shell pencil case from Smiggle. As you can see (if you click the ‘Smiggle’ link) there are many colours and patterns to choose from, which is fantastic because lets face it, its boring being plain! These retail for about $19.00NZ and $12.60US (I am pretty sure that they ship internationally but your best to double check with them, just in case 😉
Now for the inside *holds breath* here we go!
In the left side of my blood kit I keep the items above. In the front pocket I keep all of my meter stuff, ketone strips, test strips, my meter. I also keep some alcohol swabs and my medical alert card.
In the rear pocket I have packets of jelly beans for lows, a muesli bar, batteries for my meter and a battery for my pump (and my antihistamines which are not T1D related at all haha).
In the flap piece on the right I keep all my pen shaped things; finger prickers (yes I know I carry too many haha), spare vial of insulin, a syringe in case of site failure, a pen and a spare needle and plunger for my pump cartridge in case I need to refill.
Behind that flap I keep all my flat stuff; three zip lock baggies (the ones you get from the supermarket, nothing special) one for used test strips, one for spare lancets and one for cut up baby wipes to clean my fingers before testing. A spare pump site and cartridge. Two tube things of glucose gel for if I go really low. Tape for fixing my site or creating safety loops and a CPR mask (never hurts to be prepared does it 😂).
It’s taken me a bit of trial and error to work out what to put where and how to layer it all. As I said before everyone keeps and needs different equipment in their blood kits so if you have more or less or different supplies it’s not wrong it’s just trailered to you and your needs 😊
I also have a wee H key chain on my blood kit (H for Hope 😉) that is also from Smiggle but there is a cool reason, it glows in the dark (I mean really glows!!!) so if I am looking for it in the depths of my bag or fumbling in the dark at night I can just reach for the glowing part and hey presto blood kit 😉
Hope you find this helpful and it might give you some ideas for organising your own blood kit, again any questions just fire away below 😊