Ideas to make your car more diabetes friendly

By tmana Latest Reply 2008-10-16 23:58:06 -0500
Started 2008-10-12 16:39:23 -0500

My local Staples was clearing out some 'binder gear' accessories (for looseleaf binders). The small pouch is the right size to fit a meter and lancet device, or a couple of rolls of lifesavers or glucose tabs. If you interlock the clips, the elastic will fit around the smaller dimension of your car visor — giving you an easily accessible meter to "test before you drive", or a way to not have to dig through an entire glove box to find your glucose tabs. I posted a couple of photos for this under my profile.

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morris.js 2008-10-16 23:49:37 -0500 Report

The meter and supplies I keep in my Explorer are in one of those insulated cooler bags. In the heat of the summer, I usualy put in a sandwich made out of frozen turkey or roast beef, or some chilled fruit. This keeps everything cool until I need it. (Or you might put in one of those plastic freezer packs you keep re-freezing).
In the winter, I put something "heated" in with the stuff in the bag.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-16 23:58:06 -0500 Report

Thanks John, I also carry an insulated lunch box in my backseat 24/7. I never thought of making a frozen turkey or roast beef sandwich, great idea for long rides. I usually carry snacks ,OJ,water etc. What a good ideas I would of never thought of…Debe

GabbyPA 2008-10-16 00:13:06 -0500 Report

Does the heat change any of the quality of things you keep in your car? Here in Florida, it gets so hot, I hesitate to keep too much in it at all, of anything. Like the glucose tabs or test strips? Do they suffer from temperatures?

tmana 2008-10-16 01:53:38 -0500 Report

Not sure about the glucose tabs. Strips *can* go bad in heat, though, so you're better off keeping them on you (though you can put them in the box, case, whatever when you get into the car and take them out when you leave).

I use one meter all the time and I take it with me everywhere. I never leave it locked in the car in summertime, even for only 5 minutes, because of the strips-and-heat issue.

GabbyPA 2008-10-16 11:23:13 -0500 Report

thanks, that is good to know. I know that medicines left in a car can get really weird. I used to leave my inhaler in the car, but it ruins the usefulness of it.

vgarrison 2008-10-16 18:53:03 -0500 Report


I live in Louisiana, and my doctor had told me not to leave anything in the car. It's amazing how fast your car can get down here. My hubby keeps telling me to get a fanny pack…I keep telling him I'm only 28…hehe…I did go and get a diabetic organizer from Walmart the other day. I can keep all my testing supplies, 2 syrenges (I know I spelled that wrong), 2 bottles of insulin, and my glucose tabs. I only paid about 10 dollars for it, and I take it everywhere…


Bluebutterfly 2008-10-15 22:16:49 -0500 Report

I have a kaboodle box I bought atK-mart some time ago. We were traveling a lot. I fix ed this box with a meter ,cotton swabs,lancets,log book,glucose tablets.I just had a lot of stuff in there. I also put a list of my meds with my name on it and one for my husband who is diabetic too.Doesn't hurt to be ready.

teddybearcub1960 2008-10-15 13:44:11 -0500 Report

This is a really good idea. It's always good to have that stuff in your car in case you would ever need it when you are in the car.

GabbyPA 2008-10-15 13:37:10 -0500 Report

That is a great idea. I have stuff in my purse, but I don't carry a meter or testing supplies with me. I never really thought about it. Something new for me today. Thanks a lot.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-10-13 06:49:11 -0500 Report

Awesome idea. That reminds me, we need to replenish the emergency carbs stash in our cars. We're still getting used to having a driver with diabetes in the family.

Thanks, tmana.

tmana 2008-10-13 07:30:34 -0500 Report

I did up a full photoessay on my TuDiabetes blog, as well as an album in the "photos" section there.

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