The insulin pump is a new way of delivering insulin, involving a pump that is permanently attached to the body via a small injection-like canula, and a tube that links to the pump.
The accessories required for pumps range from infusion sets and inserters, to additional insulin reservoirs and bottles of insulin (some pumps use the cartridges used in insulin pens).
Pumps DO NOT take away the need for blood testing.
Sue Marshall, who runs this site and has designed the kitbags on display here, uses a pump. She says, “I’m still getting to grips with pump usage, as I only started on one in November 2006. But I keep my old Slim kitbag with me at all times, so that I can still blood test, and so I have a spare ‘old-fashioned’ insulin pen with me, should the pump fail. I also use one of the new Roll-ups for travelling, as it can hold six infusion sets, three reservoirs, two bottles of insulin as well as an inserter. The pump needs more, bigger accessories so the Roll-up, which I’d designed for others who needed to carry a lot around with them, has turned out useful for me as a pump user too.”
Look at the Roll-Up kitbag to take enough pump supplies for a 3-week trip.
See the Bottle Bank kitbag for shorter trips, weekenders or overnight stays.
Consider a Slim kitbag for blood test kit plus back up insulin pen.