One Friday per month, I’ll write about my favorite things that make life with diabetes a little easier for me.
For most people with diabetes, there’s no such thing as traveling light.
It doesn’t matter if we’re packing for a vacation or taking a brisk afternoon stroll – we’ve got to have a certain amount of supplies on hand in order to be prepared for any number of scenarios that could occur while we’re “away”.
As you can imagine, this can be pretty annoying, especially when it comes to simple matters like leaving the house for 20-30 minutes. It’s not like we can go out empty-handed. We need to stash our purses/backpacks/bags with the appropriate diabetes supplies, and it can get pretty bulky. I used to find it especially cumbersome if I was just trying to go for a walk in the neighborhood and had no choice but to carry a purse with me the entire way, which slowed me down and frustrated me.
Then I got my SPIBelt.
This miniature fanny pack changed everything for me! It looks small, but stretches to hold all of my essentials for when I head out on runs or longer walks. I can fit my cell phone, glucose tablets, and OmniPod PDM in the tiny pouch. There’s even enough room leftover for my dog’s treats and poo bags, leaving my arms and hands free to hold his leash when we go on walks together.
Other features of my SPIBelt include a slit in the pouch for earbuds, a secure clip in the back, and adjustable waistband so it can fit snug to the body, no matter how many layers of clothing I’m wearing. And unlike other armbands, pouches, and drawstring bags I’ve used in the past, my SPIBelt is actually comfortable. It stays in one place, so I’m not distracted by constant movement around my waist. I was definitely impressed by it the first time I took it on a run and didn’t have to keep on adjusting it as I moved. It’s much more discreet and doesn’t look quite as “old-school” as fanny packs or other similar bags.
This particular SPIBelt was given to me by Dexcom as a thank you for participating in their G6 ad campaign, but as I’ve come to find out, SPIBelts are widely available online and in stores.
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My mom used a phanny pack for this. She kept test strips, insulin, and log book in it. I just use my test case that the test meter came int. I love that is has a hard cover (not plastic but maybe cardboard) to keep things safe from moderate crushing forces. Then one thing I have to say I do not miss is carrying around the pump. The last one I used I didn’t have near the issues with tearing off the cannulas. The first one I managed to rip at least 3 of them off. Hurt the pocket book more than my skin. Insurance doesn’t care if it came off by accident. You don’t get any extra. I do like your idea of having a simple grab and go kit for the quick moves. Helps prevent not having what you need to live if you have a quick change in schedule. Just grab the kit and leave knowing you have all you will need. They make cases that have cold packs in them to keep insulin cool in hot weather. I found them a long time ago when I was looking for a replacement for a wore out case.