Blood Glucose Meter
The go-to device for testing your blood sugar levels.
The American Diabetes Association recommends packing a 3-day supply. Include short-acting as well as long-acting insulin. When insulin is kept cool at the recommended temperature of 36° F – 46° F, it will last until its expiration date. Unrefrigerated insulin can be stored at a temperature between 59°F-86°F and may be effective up to 28 days. Don’t forget to rotate supplies so that your emergency kit does not contain expired products.
Syringes or Pen Needles
Both deliver insulin; it depends on what’s your instrument of choice. If you are on a pump you should carry emergency needles and insulin vials, or an emergency pen in case of failure.
To clean skin surface before testing blood glucose or administering injection of insulin.
Lancing Device with Lancet
Device that contains lancet (small, sharp object) to prick skin for blood sample
Item that collects your blood sample and then is inserted into your blood glucose meter for reading blood glucose levels.
Ketone Testing Products
This is for testing your urine for ketone, a chemical produced when there’s a shortage of insulin in your blood. The presence of ketone in the urine means the body is using body fat for energy instead of glucose because not enough insulin is available to use glucose.
For treating hypoglycemia pack hard candy, fruit juice, regular soda, glucose tablets or gels.
Glucagon Emergency Kit
Injectable form of glucagon (available by prescription) and used to treat severe hypoglycemia. (Opposite of insulin.)
Diabetes tag or medical bracelet that indicates that you are a Type 1 Diabetic
Traveling somewhere? Check out the “T1D Travel Kit“.
Want to be prepared for something big? Discover the ultimate “Natural Disaster Emergency Kit“.