Do you know what 12 items Diabetics should carry?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2018-02-19 00:01:35 -0600
Started 2011-02-01 23:40:33 -0600

1. Diabetes medicines
2. Insulin (if you take it)
3. Glucagon Emergency kit
4. Glucose meter and supplies
5. Emergency snacks
6. non-perishable food
7. water bottle
8. Identification documents
9. phone list
10. Cell phone
11. first-aid kit
12. A Carry Bag

Can you think of other items a diabetic should carry? See if you could add to this list.

248 replies

tobiusangl 2018-02-18 23:44:10 -0600 Report

You also need a medic-alert bracelet or necklace. Put your name on it and if your type 1 or type 2 and Your emergency contact

brigit123 2017-01-03 18:56:46 -0600 Report

I think your list is an excellent idea. I would add a low carb snack or beef jerky and an apple. It seems the times I have problems is when I out - in the middle of Walmart or some such place -and it goes beyond my meal time. I can feel it coming on-fuzzy brain, excessive sweating, fatigue. If I eat something safe I don't have to worry about taking glucose tablets or drinking a soda which will shoot my blood sugar to the other extreme. My doctor once told me that one life-saver candy put between the cheek and gum is all someone needs to come out of a sugar low. I used to carry a separate tote bag for all my supplies but I finally just bought a larger purse. Many of the items on the list I would leave in a separate container in my car such as the first-aid kit, etc. But I always have my meters, my insulin, snacks, a list of medicines, Doctor's info, water bottle, and cell phone.

tobiusangl 2018-02-18 23:46:18 -0600 Report

Carry instant glucose tablets or liquid. Glucagon usually had a 1 month shelf life. If you have frequent lows Glucagon is good but it’s costly.

Kittiebitty 2016-12-11 13:27:29 -0600 Report

Glucagon Emergercy kit? Do people trust others to administer that if needed? That's why I don't bother to carry it. I just leave a note to give me sugar and get me to an ER. I also leave a list of medications and allergies.

Clg4 2017-03-14 18:25:53 -0500 Report

Instructions come with the Glucagon Emergency kit. My husband and my mother have administered the shot and given it to me.

fancyfree 2016-01-08 10:46:30 -0600 Report

How about a micro meter and use it just for travel? I carry one in my purse all the time. Have gone hypo twice in 30 yrs. Both times when in a public place & used soda. I know the signs & catch it before it's a real problem. A good thing to remember; you never know what will happen when you are out and about. We are in AZ & rule of thumb is always carry water, even in the winter. I also carry most of the stuff on the list but haven't any idea what is in a glucagon emergency kit is. Can anyone fill me in?

Kittiebitty 2016-12-11 13:29:03 -0600 Report

The glucagon emergancy kit is like a shot of pure sugar to wake you up if you've passed out from too low of blood sugar. It's to keep you from going into a coma.

nicksm 2015-10-25 20:01:18 -0500 Report

I love doing fast and light backcountry ski trips. Carrying all this stuff would seriously impair my enjoyment of life.
Don't be a victim of your disease. If you keep yourself wrapped in cotton wool, the terrorists have won.

Kalisiin 2015-06-27 08:06:56 -0500 Report

A Medical Alert bracelet. Get one and wear it. I now have one. First responders are trained to look for them. If the first responders know your condition quickly, they can act quickly to save your life.

Matunuckan 2014-08-13 20:56:57 -0500 Report

I always carry a printed spreadsheet of ALL my daily medications (including basal rates & times taken for my pump), since I have many complications from 55+ years of Type 1 Diabetes.

teacherspet 2014-05-27 18:32:42 -0500 Report

I'm thinking there must be a difference between what a type 1 and type 2 carry, cause I see no importance to some of these items for me. I am hardly ever where there aren't people who could help me with some of these things. If I take a daily med, what would be the purpose of carrying it with me for a short jaunt. A water bottle or drinking container is with me all the time…but some of these things are totally not necessary if I am doing errands around town, Of course I live in a small town, where people are only too happy to help,

jayabee52 2014-05-28 15:16:33 -0500 Report

Do you ever go into the country where no one is around? Or into the big city where for various reasons, no one will help?

I suspect that there is a difference between T1s and T2s as to what they may need to carry. One of those unnecessary items for me would be a glucagon kit. I haven't had a hypo for about 15 yrs and the one time I did have a hypo it was rather mild and I took care of it with a regular soda. For that reason, I have even dispensed with carrying glucose tablets. Of course each person's carry kit should be adapted to the person's need.

On the other hand, one never knows for sure exactly what will happen in the hours to come, so to pare down radically might be at one's own risk.

Kalisiin 2015-07-22 07:04:29 -0500 Report

I have NEVER had a hypo.
Of course I'm four months past diagnosis, but still…

I have a hard time seeing why a Type 2 would have a hypo. That seems sort of the opposite of our problem. Of course, if one was to overshoot the insulin, I guess…but I am not on insulin.

I'd think hypo was more a problem for a Type 1.

tobiusangl 2018-02-18 23:52:48 -0600 Report

My husband is type 2. If you have good control & a unexpected surcomstand happens iypts good to be prepared.

teacherspet 2014-05-28 15:36:00 -0500 Report

I tired glucose tablets once, and they made me sicker than the low I was experiencing. When I travel away from home (I live in a rural area where everyone knows you) I take a complete kit of things…but to just run errands in town, no. It is a 3 minute trip to the clinic from any end of town

tobiusangl 2018-02-18 23:56:22 -0600 Report

Try hard candy. Don’t chew it. Let it go into your saliva glands. It will rise. Everyday life sometimes gets in your way and diabetes doesn’t like that. Please check your blood sugar before getting behind the wheel. I’ve had very bad experiences. But my diabetes is very brittle.

teacherspet 2014-05-27 14:50:35 -0500 Report

This might sound very simplistic but has become a problem for me. If I carry all the things that are mentioned, my regular bag is way too heavy since I have arthritis in both shoulders…Carrying another bag is most times out of the question since I'm not a pack animal. No matter what the safety precautions are, I need a method to carry what I absolutely NEED. So in my current back, I have meter, strips, lancets (enough of both to make it through two days —8 - 10) my humalog pen and wipes, along with four needles. I also have sugar snacks and a water bottle. That has got to be it…my bracelet, and id is in my wallet or on my wrist. Of course IF we are traveling I take an insulated bag and that just is part of my packing. But my question is, how do you take all of that with you and not feel like a pack animal.

tobiusangl 2018-02-19 00:01:35 -0600 Report

When I first became diabetic, there was no short acting insulin & it took 2 hours to get your blood sugar results back. Mine changes on s dine. But it’s s whole new Life with meters, pumps & sensors. My sensor will tell my pump to shut down. I love all the new improvements in diabetes.

jayabee52 2014-05-27 18:06:44 -0500 Report

My second wife had a teardrop case with both straps to use like a backpack and wheels to roll using a handle which pops up. I inherited it when she passed and I use it a lot. See the following for suggestions ~

Something like that might be helpful. I also use a rolling suitcase on 4 wheels for getting my groceries (I ride a paratransit bus) and I find the suitcase useful in that situation. That, however may be a little big for your needs.

Stuart1966 2014-04-17 23:27:27 -0500 Report

A fine list, but could easily trim it down significantly.

Insulin &
a method to inject it/them
soda will suffice

Meters are great but NOT necessary.

You will have to adapt to the old school methods, approaches in emergency situations. If you've got all this stuff great but most of it is not critical.

"Control" and survival are very different creatures.

Control is "sweet" -ggg- but not required to survive.


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-04 02:05:45 -0600 Report

Glucose meter and supplies, Metformin and other meds., Water, Snacks, Glucose tablets, Cell phone, Emergency #'s, Kleenex, wet wipes, and Purse with my ID and insurance card. Oh yeah I never travel alone so I guess I can say I all ways bring my husband and he does the driving. This is what I carry.

IronOre 2014-02-07 17:12:41 -0600 Report

Here is my list of thee basic things
snack (or glucose tablets)

the rest are overkill, and some are a bit silly

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-26 23:55:50 -0600 Report

Glucose tablets! Or the fast acting glucose drink

dagger1234 2013-12-01 20:15:29 -0600 Report

I LOVE THEM!!! whenever I am out and about and don't have time to eat and I feel like I am about to faint or shake, I eat one and a half of one and I feel better. I need to stock up on them!! although my diabetic counselors have been nice and been giving me them each time I go in.

Florence1954 2013-07-15 02:45:57 -0500 Report

i belong to medic alert; my bracelet & wallet card has a 800 #. i really like the card cause it can be copied so i don't lose time writing everything out. also thanks for the kit tip~going to dr this week so i can get a script.

okiegirl3271 2013-07-11 21:27:56 -0500 Report

Where can you buy the kits. I live in a small town in Oklahoma

re1ndeer 2013-07-11 22:31:15 -0500 Report

You need a prescription from your doctor to obtain a kit. Then most larger pharmacy's carry the kit. Otherwise you will have to order it online from many of the distributors that are out there.

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i have diabetes ??? 2013-07-11 16:29:07 -0500 Report

what about having some change on you ( if you don't have a cell ) to pay for a pay phone incase your cell is out of charge.

re1ndeer 2013-07-11 17:34:51 -0500 Report

Do they still have pay phones? Not in my area. But, it is a good idea to have monies available to you in any circumstance.
Thanks for responding.

GabbyPA 2013-07-11 19:33:31 -0500 Report

I don't have a cell phone and the pay phones here have also gone the way of the "do-do" birds.

hairbear68 2013-07-11 20:24:43 -0500 Report

here its 915 pm I was sitting in my room .. I heard my middle brother and his wife visit I was listen too my mom who went too the frigid and started giving things away for them too eat at there place but I think she was mad at my niece because she made dinner and they went for pizza so the thing she though was my niece stuff in the frigid was stuff I got like i'm not here and she doesn''t think when she mad at other people she takes it out with a care now 2different meal are gone carrot and radishes are gone I feel like the mister nobody I wish I was working but I also worry if I leave my room my little brother wood not be watch and he'll be in my room stealing crap …the last timei was at work I wood have too lose time leaveing work too pick my mom up from work then just before I was told I can go home they let someone steal my 16 year old dog and I never found him because I was at work not at home cook and driving too pick up my mm I feel like I lost my mind and my family roll with the punches as long as it there problems and not mine I nobody and still don't know what too do

karik70 2013-07-06 18:56:16 -0500 Report

I have an insulated bag and put cold apples and frozen water in one compartment away from my other supplies. That keeps the diabetic supplies cold, but not too cold. I 'm not allowed to drink much juice, since it raises my sugar levels, so I carry a variety of sweetners (natural) and single serving drinks, as well as a new diabetic meal replacement drink. I also just found out that coconut water is good for a diabetic. I also always carry some cheese, almonds and raisins. I have a fluorescent key tag with my ID and medical info on the bag. The info is covered for would be thieves. It's easy to see if I need medical attention since I have other chronic conditions as well. I carry a "wash kit" with me that I make up myself and put in spf lip balm, spf lotion and bug lotion, winter and summer as well. ( I have 2 separate cancers in remission as well) If I land in the hospital, I've at least got those things and my fleece socks!

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Sly Kitty 2013-07-07 07:41:44 -0500 Report

We should all be that prepared for what may lie ahead for us. Thank you and hope you don't need any of those emergency supplies. We all need to plan ahead for the "what ifs". I always carry a cooler in my vehicle with items that you mentioned. It is a pain, but it is a must and you may never need those supplies, but the one time you do that kit can and will save your life.

re1ndeer 2013-07-06 19:04:27 -0500 Report

Wow, you really are prepared. Thank you for sharing your suggestions, they will come in handy for many of our members.

karik70 2013-07-06 19:30:25 -0500 Report

Thank you. I live rural and I carry this bag everywhere. It's come in handy more times than I can count.

Trina52 2013-07-06 12:06:28 -0500 Report

Just remember not to leave it in an unattended car or some other place that would have temperature extremes as this could damage many of these items.

ddog1971 2013-07-06 16:31:14 -0500 Report

I have an Ogio Newt Mono backpack that I carry everything in, it has one strap and I just sling it over my shoulder, its great, light and easy to carry. By keeping it simple I never leave anywhere without even when running into a store it goes right with me. Took a bit of remembering at first but it becomes a habit.

re1ndeer 2013-07-06 15:13:33 -0500 Report

Exactly to hot or to cold extremes could destroy insulin, and other supplies. Thank you for your information.

sandydchapman 2013-07-06 10:59:23 -0500 Report

There are phone apps out there that are great places to put info. I take multiple meds for numerous medical problems along with having a medical implant, many that have alert recommendations. Have always kept list of allergies, meds &doctors in my wallet and an ice listing on my cell phone. The app I use is called ICE: In case of emergency for android. It allows emergency personal to access information even if your phone is locked.
Another thing that I carry is asprin. Once heard a doctor on the news recommend for everyone to carry. Could save your life or someone around you in case of a heart attack.

Kneepayne 2013-07-09 21:10:38 -0500 Report

I have 3 physically small USB flash drives (or jump drive) that I have labeled ICE in red. On each there are four files: Emergency contacts in .doc format and text format and a list of my meds and surgeries and special needs in .xls format and text format.. I showed the ICE DRIVE to my nephew, a Paramedic, my two nephews that are Police Officers, and my doctor. They all agreed about it's value. I had an accident and on the way to the ER the Paramedics were asking me questions I told them about my ICE drive and they were impressed. The same with the ER Doctor when he was asking my wife questions and she told him about the ICE drive, OK, why three? One is on a 'pull apart' key ring accessory and I switch between key rings depending on which car I'm driving. Another is on a lanyard that I wear when doing PT at the gym. The third is on a small carabiner .along with a house key that I clip to a belt loop when I'm walking or working in the yard when my wife isn't home. By the way I'm in my early 70s…

Hops 2013-07-06 09:42:20 -0500 Report

I carry a combination of Sweet Tarts and Peanut M&Ms to treat my low BGs. Four of each amounts to 14 grams of carb which is good enough to raise my BG from 70 to slightly more than 100. Peanut M&Ms have enough fat to keep my sugar from crashing soon after they are digested.

Hops 2013-07-06 09:36:35 -0500 Report

I find it helpful to bring my diabetes log with BG tests recorded plus my insulin doses and diet and exercise for each day going back the last two months. FYI Insulin is a diabetes medicine.

Chopstix 2013-05-21 11:32:09 -0500 Report

How about a medical alert bracelet or dog tag? I have seen some pretty stylish ones on the market. You can get one made from rubber to stainless steel to leather…

tabby9146 2013-05-05 10:05:35 -0500 Report

I have often wondered if I can go too low when contrlling by diet and exercise? I have received different answers, yes and no! I have gone down to as low as 65, that is if my meter was accurate and it wasn't actually higher that day, and had a spell in the store over a year ago, I have had very few times like that, after diagnosis. I do carry glucose tabs, a snack, and water everywhere, I have juice in the house at all times and carry unopened juice with me much of the time, but is there anyone controlling by D&E that has gone too low?

Chopstix 2013-05-21 17:11:30 -0500 Report

Once with about 40,000 lbs in the trailer I was pulling thru South Carolina. I was lucky there was a place(ramp) to pull off to. It took me about 1/2 hour to get myself back together. Good thing I always try to 'listen' to my body…

Theresamd 2013-04-23 23:46:49 -0500 Report

Those of us wearing Continuous Glucose Monitors also need to add the supplies to change them. And Insulin Pump wearers need supplies to change cartridges and insets. People often comment, "you travel heavy."

genniedevera 2012-11-22 06:31:56 -0600 Report

I carry 2 bags to work…one is a regular purse and the other one for work stuff, such as laptop and folders…I've been dumping snacks in there… The carry bag, we need to carry this wherever we go? And the glucagon kit,I had to look that up, do I need this even if I don't take insulin? …

misfit13826 2012-11-21 21:02:49 -0600 Report

Hello All Newbie here, new to diabeties and new to the site. I have not been educated much just yet. I am getting my carry bag ready but don't know what #3 is ( Glucagon Emergency Kit) can someone help please. Thanks and Happy Turkey Day to All

Degibu 2012-06-19 07:49:20 -0500 Report

One thing that EVERYONE should carry with them, not just diabetics, is a list of any and ALL medications they are taking, along with the dosage and the regularity with which they take them. Not only will it help immensely when you go to a doctors office, if anything should happen to you where you loose consiousness and are unable to relate to the EMT or ER doctor what you are taking, this simple list will go a long way in being treated quickly and safely. Be sure to include OTC meds, vitamins, etc in the list. I can't stress the need for this. It could save your life one day. OH, one other thing…I've been reading in the responses to carry orange juice. While that may be a little difficult and may go bad on you, a friend of mine in HS was hypoglycemic and would ALWAYS, in her car, hanging from her rear view mirror, have one of those childrens candy necklaces. I don't even know if they sell them anymore, but they worked like a charm for her whenever her levels got too low.

re1ndeer 2012-06-19 08:32:58 -0500 Report

Yes, I agree a medical list of all medicines should be carried with you at all times. Some of the medical alert bracelets and necklaces now have ways to include all the information on them. Thanks for responding.

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