The DIY Gear Cat was empty, so I figured I would get it started…
When I look at the things they make for diabetics to carry stuff around, I always think, “What about for the guys?”. Much of that stuff is so huge and can’t possibly fit in your pocket. I imagine even with a purse, some of that stuff is just too big. So I always make my own things to carry…
I started with 2 Blistex tubes. Chapstick would work fine too. I cut them to the correct size, one side is the lancet side, the other is the test strip side:
I used a lancet holder from an old lancing device and bonded the holder inside one of the tubes. (I only bonded the holder, not the lancet! I wanted to be able to replace the lancet).
Then I bonded the two sides together. I used JB Weld to hold the pieces together and an epoxy putty inside to separate the strip side and the lancet side, and to secure the lancet holder inside.
Here is the lancet side. The lancet is held securely, but can be removed easily. It slips in and out of the lancet holder.
Here is the strip side. It holds over 25 strips!
I used a different color cap for the test strip side and the lancet side so you know which side you are opening (open the test strip side first, get the strip in place before jabbing ).
As you can see in the picture, I also roughed up one side and left the other side smooth. Why? So I could easily do it in the dark and feel which side I am opening. Easier if you are at the movies or eating dinner in a dark restaurant.
The whole thing when closed up with the caps on is less than 2.75 inches long, and only about 0.5 inches in diameter.
It is actually about the same size as a regular Blistex tube.
The whole thing cost only a few dollars. It is water resistant (you can’t take it into the pool, but no problem being in the rain). It is extremely discrete. It is much smaller than those foolishly big test strip vials the strips come in. (Side rant! What is the deal with the test strip vials?!?! Why do they make them so big? )
Interested in making something like this? Happy to help. Just ask!