Right now this is what I carry:
Diabetic Supplies include: my meter (which also programs my pump. I have the OmniPod), 50 to 100 strips (depending on if I just opened a new bottle or not), 2 to 3 extra pods (never know when there will be an error), extra insulin, glucagon kit, something for lows like candy bar or something else, glucose tabs or gel, something low in carbs for snacks, back up battery because if it it goes out I'm out both a meter and a way to program my pump, and ketone test strips.
Non-diabetic supplies: tylenol/ibuprofen, vitamins, eye drops for contacts, contacts case and solution, hand sanitizer, lotion, and gabapentin (for my peripheral neuropathy). This is carried in a large purse but thinking about getting a backpack if I start working at this job. Then I will also have my lunch, extra snacks, and probably a book or notebook for something to do on breaks.
Are you having pain from the weight of your bag? That's a lot of stuff.
Ha this kills me every time I see it acidrock!
I'm a minimalist kinda guy. For the day, I just carry my One Touch case. Room for a couple syringes, fast acting insulin, spare lancets, alcohol wipes (for when water isn't available). There's even room for some glucose tabs. With the built in belt loop I just hang it by my side when out and about.
I like your approach, but lancets and alcohol don't exactly fit my definition of "minimalist". I re-use lancets all the time. And if I find myself running out, I'm sure I could squeeze my figertips really hard and reopen and old fingerstick site!
Ouch, but I don't mind spending the extra $10 - $15 a month for lancets. I get a good deal for a pack of 100 of them at ADW. If I reuse a lancet it might be once or twice at the most. And that is with me testing 3-4 times a day.
Yes, LOL . . . having a lancet or two and some wipes certainly runs counter to being a "minimalist", however I can guarantee that my current lancet has some mileage on it and in the past I've found dried out wipes still in the package in the side pocket.
It's amazing that the cheapest thing about diabetes is the lancets and yet I use them till the tips look like ten penny nails. LOL
I figured out earlier that I probably get at least 100 uses or so out of a lancet (8-10 tests a day, 2 weeks per lancet). It's too easy to reuse them (the lancers are even made to be re-cocked), and changing them is an unnecessary pain.
If I changed it every day, that flimsy piece of plastic that grasps the lancet in place would surely be broken in no time.
I have a photographic memory, and I can't get the magnified view of a used lancet out of my brain. Hence, I'm another one-use gal. I can handle the extra weight and effort of switching to fresh lancets just to avoid giving myself lancet cooties.
OK, just for giggles, here is my classical guitar gear:
Three levels of files for the scary right-hand nails;
Clipper for the no-nails left hand;
Emergency Fender thin pick, 'cuz you just never know;
My lucky Euro...
...but mostly I wanted to show the clear zipper-case. I found a set of three of these quite a long time ago and I still see them in stores from time to time. They're washable and I like that you can easily see what's inside of them. They last a lot longer than a zip-loc bag, and are a bit more protective/durable than some cloth bags.