Fresh tricks for keeping your
cool this summer
To keep your insulin cool at
the beach or a baseball
game, use a protective pouch
such as those by Frio or
MEDport, or use a small gel
ice pack in an insulated lunch
bag. To stay organized, use a
medium-size makeup bag for
supplies and a di;erent one
for fast-acting sources of
carbs, such as glucose tablets
and juice boxes.
—Susan Weiner, CDE, MS,
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When I play golf, I take along a small
collapsible cooler and ;ll it with
quart-size ziplock bags of ice, snacks to
give me a quick pick-me-up if my blood
glucose starts to go down, and two
kid-size juice packs—one chilled and
When I backpacked through India many
years ago, I stored all my insulin in
empty thermos bottles. Whenever I got
the chance, I would store them in a
fridge and close them up again before
I’m a swim instructor, so I use a
plastic container that snaps closed to
keep my CGM [continuous glucose
monitor] receiver and meter
watertight. And I make sure I slip it
out of the sun while at the pool. That
means placing it under the pool
chair—not on the chair.
When I kayak, I put all my supplies
in an Xtreme waterproof case.;It
holds plenty of syringes and insulin,
and it stays well secured in my gear.
It also ;oats!
A small bag with a belt clip or a fanny bag
is great for carrying my glucose meter and
pills. When I’m riding my bicycle, a small
bicycle tool bag is wonderful because it
straps onto the crossbar.
—Julio Sergio Diaz
Before storing unopened insulin inside
a hotel mini fridge, make sure to check
that the temperature is not set to
“coldest.” I learned the hard way, when a
vial froze when I was away from home.