Listen up, frequent travelers with diabetes -- there's a sleek new carry-on bag in town designed to help you haul all your supplies with convenience and style. In size and functionality, it's different than any other diabetes go-bag we've seen to date.
Meet the EuGo Wherever bag, brought to you by Nancy Moy, a seasoned nurse and diabetes specialist who says, "I am an avid traveler and passionate about helping diabetics fearlessly explore our world too."
Nancy writes: "When one patient counted 21 'must-carry' items to keep her diabetes in check while on the road, I knew I wanted to come up with a light travel case that keeps items handy. If you have diabetes and are using insulin, a pump, CGM, and need to carry glucose tablets, gels, glucagon, and ketone strips, etc. on the go, you know there has to be a better way to carry it all. Having items scattered in separate bags and containers, and items inside checked luggage is not ideal."
We were delighted to connect with Nancy recently to get the whole story, and offer a GIVEAWAY of three EuGo bags to some lucky readers.
DM) Hi Nancy! Tell us about the team behind EuGo and how it got started?
NM) As a healthcare professional who has worked closely over the past decade with people with diabetes, I’ve come to appreciate the hard day-to-day work my patients do to manage this disease. A major challenge is traveling and having to pack and carry diabetes medications and supplies. After some market research, I was unable to find a case that addressed all their needs – so I decided to design a travel case/organizer that is compact, portable, insulated and where everything has its place.
The team included Janet Nash, RD, CDE who is a friend and my consultant, an Industrial Design student who helped create the prototype and logo, and my husband who is in manufacturing and my financier.
You are an NP in San Diego, correct? Do you live with diabetes yourself?
Yes, I am a nurse practitioner. I work in endocrinology, primarily diabetes and weight management. I am also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). I do not have diabetes but was recently diagnosed with prediabetes. Being Asian over age 50 with a strong family history of diabetes, I am at higher risk for diabetes. I have to work hard to keep a healthy lifestyle and live what I preach to prevent this disease.
Are there others with diabetes involved with the design and sales of these cases?
I consulted with many of my diabetic patients who are avid travelers on what they are looking for in a travel case. I also met with the San Diego Type 1 group to get their opinions and recommendations on the bags.
How did you come up with the clever name "EuGo"?
From the medical term “euglycemia,” which means normal blood sugar. I added the word “wherever” to indicate travel or place – Wherever EuGo.
What's really unique about these travel bags?
Before designing my bag, I bought different diabetes travel bags and cases in the marketplace to figure out how mine could be better. The one common significant drawback in other bags was an inability to customize. Each person with diabetes has a personalized treatment regimen and preferences. My bag has detachable dividers allowing customization based on needs. I also added a handle strap that also functions as a slip-on strap for rolling suitcases. This way, there is less chance of losing medicine and supplies while keeping hands free when traveling.
Tell us about the EuGo bag styles, features and pricing...?
We have two basic styles: Sport and Classic, both currently available for $46. Both have an insulated top layer and modular bottom layer with detachable velcro dividers for customization.
The larger one is the Sport, at 9.8 x 8.3 x 4.0 inches. It's made of lightweight Nylon 420D which is water resistant and easy to clean. It comes in black, red, blue or pink.
The Classic is slightly smaller at 9 x 7 x 4 inches, and is made of Polyester 600D, also water resistant. It comes in gray, or black with teal piping.
We also recently introduced a Large Classic version at 10.8 x 8.25 x 4.5 inches that can store up to a month's supply of Dexcom G6 or Abbott FreeStyle Libre sensors and pump supplies. It comes in black with red piping, and is currently on offer for $49.
The insulation lining on all models is PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate), which helps keep the ice pack cooler longer.
So what kind of cooling system do you offer for insulin?
After searching for a cooling pack that is reusable, non-toxic, stays cool longer, and is safe to use when transporting medications such as insulin, I decided to add ThermaFreeze packs on my product list (sold separately in two-packs for $3.99). These packs are very light when dry, so they don’t add to the shipping weight when purchased. I am not endorsing ThermaFreeze. I just wanted to give my customers an option. Bottom line -- a good cooling system depends on the type of insulation and the cooling pack.
Have you thought about partnering with makers of the Frio cooling wallet, that's so popular among insulin users?
I have thought about partnering with them, but have not reached out to them yet. However, we do mention on our site that large Frio packs fit in our bags, and picture them as an option customers might want to use.
Are the EuGo bags suitable to fit other items alongside diabetes supplies?
Yes, the bag is large enough to keep snacks, glucose tablets, medication box and electronic items. It is padded all around so delicate items can be stored in it if needed.
Great. And what about the cinch bags and other accessories you offer for interior organization of D-supplies?
The cinch bags or drawstring bags were designed to store smaller items such as lancets and pen needles. They are basically an alternative to Ziplock bags. They can also be used for insulin vial storage to protect from accidental breakage or as a shield to prevent insulin from direct contact with an ice pack.
You will see on our site that we're offering a Bundle option of the Sport bag with two ThermaFreeze packs, a set of cinch bags and a luggage ID tag for $56.
Where have you been promoting the bags so far, and what kind of response have you gotten from the patient community?
The reception so far has been very positive. EuGo was officially launched in March of 2018. We’ve been to a few TCOYD conferences, JDRF events, and community health fairs. We are trying to get our name out in the social media diabetes community as well and are delighted to see and read the reactions and feedback from customers who have traveled with their EuGo bags. There's a big demand to expand internationally and we are working on making that possible.
Cool! What other bags or designs do you hope to offer in the future?
Our newest products, the large Classic red & black case, and a Medical Bag Tag (with ball chain for $4.30) were just recently launched. Currently, I’m working on adding more color choices and print designs.
Win a EuGo Diabetes Bag! (Now Closed)
Interested in winning your own EuGo diabetes travel bag in the color of your choice? Thanks to Nancy Moy, DiabetesMine will be choosing THREE lucky winners. Here's how to enter:
Send us a social media comment including the codeword "DM EUGO"or email us directly using that subject header to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have until Friday, May 10, 2019, at 7pm PST to enter.
Winners will be chosen using Random.org, and announced via Facebook and Twitter on Monday, March 18, so make sure you're following us. Please be sure to keep tabs on your Facebook messages or emails too, as that's our only way to contact winners.
Good luck, D-Travel Enthusiasts!
This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the three winners (chosen from varying social media and email platform entries): Casey Westfall in Kentucky, Rebecca Parent in Connecticut, and Kathryn Schwenger in Ontario.