New Diabetes Supply Carry Bags

Summer GiveawayHere we are in the advanced stages of summertime, but August guarantees to continue sizzling, so… a wonderful time to get a cool giveaway!

What we are giving away are some sweet fresh supply carry bags from two creative little diabetes companies: Sugar Medical Supply and FRIO. Due to both for supplying up prizes to a number of lucky subscribers here in the ‘Mine.

All you have to do to place your name into the running for those bags will be post a comment under (or send an email) by the end of the week.

Following is a look at these great products you’ll undoubtedly need…

Hot New D-Bags from Sugar Medical

We adore Sugar Medical Supply, the little PWD-run New Hampshire-based company which earns a great line of trendy diabetes bags for guys and gals. Per our initial profile of these way back in October 2011, you might keep in mind that business founder Carolyn Jager has been diagnosed with T1D at age 13, after her husband Susan’s diagnosis about five years earlier. That group of investigations is what led to Sugar Medical’s formation in 2009 and launching of the first product line in November 2010.

They’ve been continually coming out with fresh fashions through the last few years and have just recently introduced a completely different crop, including a rugged canvas mini-bag with leather accents, a cross-body back pack, several cases designed especially for the OmniPod, plus a fresh cool 2-in-1 combo tote which may be worn as a crossbody or a wristlet — all seriously worth checking out!

The Ryan Mini Supply tote in canvas looks extremely man friendly, and features a roomy mesh inside pocket to get alcohol swabs, lancets, etc. and elastic loops to maintain test strips and lancing apparatus set up. Like many of the luggage, it fits all glucose meters on the market by using a 3M Velcro grip. It is nice and compact in 6″ x 3 1/2″ and even has a belt loop on rear for the man who likes to go hands. This one sells for $29.99.

The mini 2-in-1 combo tote is a new form factor which we have not yet seen from any other bag supplier. Inside, it is similar to this Ryan tote but also offers 3 credit card slots in a zippered pocket, so that if you are heading out on the town, this tote can double as your wallet/small handbag. It includes both a wrist strap and long strap designed to your selection of use as a wristlet or crossbody bag. It steps 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and comes in black with red and white accents or bright blue. Retail cost is $34.99.

I had been lucky enough for samples of this new OmniPod situation and back pack, which I am very much enjoying. Here is the deal on those:

The insulated sling backpack is watertight and small (15 in. Tall x 9 in. Broad x 3. Deep) and extremely lightweight. Like their other layouts, nothing about it really screams “diabetes” whatsoever. Actually, when I took it from the box using any other similar single-shoulder sports back pack, so I needed to visit the Sugar Medical website to look up how they pictured packing D-supplies especially. What I learned is that the back wall of the tote has an insulated slip pocket designed for an ice pack, to cool your insulin. The large open space inside is envisioned for glucose testing instance, glucagon apparel, and snacks, while front exterior pocket is where you’d stash your own personal items like cell phone and keys, or glucose tabs, if you want them really convenient. I have use the back pack on a couple of long walks so much, and found it extremely comfortable. My only beef would be that the net pocket on the side only holds a very small store-bought water jar, rather than a bicycle or larger sports water jar that many active people would prefer. This one comes from green and gray (the Storm variation) and gray with colorful strips (Peak version). Retail cost is $38.99.

The new case made specifically for an OmniPod PDM comes in many different fun colors and layouts. To maintain the PDM set up, it has a Velcro strip about 2.5 inches long, one side of which you stick to the back of the PDM. My only beef with this, having used their similar Universal situation for more than a year now, is that it does wind up regretting the little battery door door on the back of the PDM, so that may be a tiny hassle when battery change is required. Initially I was torn on this one because this new instance is a fantastic inch-plus wider, making it clearly more bulky to carry around. But then I understood they did so to accommodate a spare Pod from the pocket as revealed, and that I discovered I could fit a vial of insulin in there as well, so that I can now do away with the additional little zipper instance I usually carry about with both of those products. So that is a triumph!

Another thing which makes Sugar Medical Supply meter cases a hands-down winner for me would be the little disposal slot they have built in for used test strips. You pop the strips in from in the instance, and you can easily dispose of these by opening the Velcro flap on the exterior. See the below illustration I made a while back. Professional!

The OmniPod cases are not cheap at $36.99, compared to under $30 for the majority of their standard cases — but a fantastic investment if you use the tubeless pump and want to combine your own stuff, IMHO.

Frio’s Pack-It

It is a 2-sided “packaging block”:

  • One side with a breathable mesh shirt, perfect for almost any sized Frio instance (not included); those are designed to “breath” so they do not get moldy
  • the other hand is water resistant with ample open area for other supplies

They are available in blue, black, and red and the whole cube measures 10″ x 7″ x 3.5″.

Retail cost is only $19.95, which appears like a pretty good thing. We have not attempted this situation yet, so are anxious to listen to comments from several lucky winners…

A DMProducts Giveaway

We are excited to provide THREE Sugar Medical bags of the winners’ option and TWO free Frio Pack-It bags in the summer’s giveaway.

Simply leave a comment below, and be sure to include the codeword “Summer-Dbags” someplace on your comment so we know you are in it to win it. Feel free to also mention that your preference for either a Sugar Medical or the Frio tote, if that matters to you.

Since our opinion system requires log-in, you may also email us your entrance directly at, with the subject line “Summer-Dbags“.

You’ve got until Friday, July 28, 2017, at 9pm PST to enter.

The winner will be selected using, and announced via Facebook and Twitter on Monday, July 31, so make certain you’re following us. Please be sure to track your Facebook email or messages, as that is how we contact our winners.

This competition is currently closed. Congrats to the winners, who have been picked through JAR Associates, Audrey Anderson, Ruth Clevenger, Carrie Carlson, and Verna Nienhouse Holcomb.

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