{It’s My D-Bag, Baby!} Vera Bradley

by Leighann on June 12, 2012

I’m on a quest to find the perfect way to efficiently carry all the d-stuff that we schlep everywhere we go. In my quest to find the right bag and the best way to pack it, I’m asking readers to share how they carry all their d-supplies.

We had been using the same exact purse for a couple of years and after several washings, I decided it was just a little too grimey. What we liked about the bag was that it was a cross-body, small purse with a strap that could easily be adjusted so that Q, my husband, or myself could wear it. Q picked it out at Target right when we started the insulin pump in October of 2009 because we knew we would be keeping the PDM in the bag. At school Q keeps her d-supply bag in a designated spot during the day and it’s grabbed by Q, the nurse, or the staff as needed. At home it hangs on the doorknob to our pantry at all times.

I looked at Target and at Kohl’s for a new bag, but just didn’t like any of them. I’m really incredibly picky because I want everything to have a designated spot. We went to a local shoe store and noticed that they had Vera Bradley bags. A friend had just told me the day before that she loves VB because they are quality and washable. I stood at the counter shuffling the contents of our d-supply bag into and out of just about every style of VB they had. I thought the Mini Hipster might be a good style, but the strap wasn’t really adjustable for the three of us, all different heights and sizes.

The one we picked out had a zippered compartment in back and two pockets on the front. It had an adjustable strap. And on the inside there were three little open pockets to hold supplies plus a large area to keep her PDM.

The bag is not 100% perfect, but Q likes it. Luckily for me it was on the 50% off shelf! I’m not sure that I would have spent that much on a bag for my seven-year-old. Then again, it’s something she uses everyday and holds very important items.

And what cracks me up is how many women compliment her on her bag. And now Q is obsessed with VB and wants a backpack and other little bags. I created a fashionista!

Vera Bradley Diabetes Supply Bag

Vera Bradley bag we use for diabetes supplies. Notice the blue circle pin.

Vera Bradley Diabetes Supply Bag

One of the front pouches holds supplies for an insulin pump change. Just in case.

Vera Bradley Diabetes Supply Bag

The back zippered comparment holds the glucagon kit.

Vera Bradley Diabetes Supply Bag

The inside has lots of room, including three open pockets to hold miscellaneous items so they aren’t floating around.

Vera Bradley Diabetes Supply Bag
Inside the bag I keep instructions for treating lows, a juice box, cake icing gel, glucose tabs, a couple of snacks, an arm band, and her PDM case which has lots of little supplies.

As seen on D-Mom Blog

Here are some of the supplies you see in her bag:
Vera Bradley purse
GlucoLift glucose tablets (read my review)
Bands 4 Life arm band (read my review)
Stick Me Designs BioFlip test strip holder
Sugar Medical supply pouch (read my review)
Insulet OmniPod insulin pump (more posts about the OmniPod insulin pump)
Glucagon emergency kit (watch the video of how to use glucagon)

*The title of this series is in reference to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, probably one of the best comedies ever.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barb Kreutzmann June 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

We are still trying to come up with a workable solution for our 11-year-old son to carry his supplies. I LOVE Vera Bradley bags myself, but my son – not so much 🙂 I would so appreciate any ideas for what works for other boys!


2 Leighann June 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

Barb- I’m hoping to feature some boyish bags from readers 🙂


3 Leighann June 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

Barb- See the suggestion I just left under Jan’s comment.


4 Laura Metz November 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

My friend’s son uses a small size Michael Jordan backpack. It’s black witha white MJ symbol but it’s like a backpack… not sure where she got it.


5 Jan June 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

Yeah, even if we had a T1D girl, I don’t think DH would want to be carrying something that feminine! LOL Barb I agree, it would be nice to find more bags for boys that don’t look like gym bags!


6 Leighann June 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

My husband carries my daughter’s girly d-bag all the time. He doesn’t think twice about it and has never asked that we find something more masculine or gender-neutral.

That being said, I am interested in featuring the bags of some of the boy d-kids. If anyone has found a great boyish bag, please let me know 🙂


7 Leighann June 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

Jan (and Barb)- Have you looked at small camera bags? There are a ton of nice looking camera bags out there. Some have straps to wear cross body, some are backpacks, some clip to belts. The nice thing is that camera bags have lots of little pockets to organize stuff.


8 Dawn June 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I cannot wait to read the responses because we are still carrying the bag we received at the hospital. For those of you looking for a boy appropriate bag, you may want to check L.L.Beans Carryall bag. It was suggested to me, but my four year old T1D girl wants something more girly!


9 Denise aka Mom of Bean June 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Very Cute!!
Bean is still using a mini backpack; pink of course! She’s asked about a purse a couple of times, but she tends to forget that the backpack is on (good thing) but will tend to forget to keep carrying a purse (NOT a good thing!!).
We have the same polka dot bag from Sugar Medical. We also use the strips ‘trash can’ from Stick Me and love it!


10 Leighann June 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

What Q likes about this is that she can easily carry it cross-body. A little backpack would be great, I’ll have to keep my eye our for the right one. Though it would be weird to carry a mini backpack inside a larger backpack to go to school, lol!


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