Many people with chronic health conditions need to carry medical supplies and equipment with them. These items can be bulky and need to be easily accessible. I use a Maxpedition Shoulder Gear Bag (medium size), called the Methusela, to carry my kit. It is a beautiful, sturdy and ergonomic bag that has much going for it and retails at just under a £100 new. I picked mine up second hand for a fraction of the price. It has excellent water and grime resistance and I never worry about my medical supplies getting wet, falling out or getting lost. Even better, it has internal pockets that allow good organization so that everything I need is at my finger tips.
The contents of my bag is the following.
- Two nebulizer masks
- Small multiway and adaptive plug
- Nebulizer ampules
- 1 bottle of Oramorph and measuring spoon
- Fentanyl patches
- Fire blanket
- Ventolin inhaler
- My daily medication (1 week supply)
- Codeine and Paracetamol tablets
- 1 syringe
- Basic First Aid Kit: Plasters, disinfectant wipes, small bandage, dressings
- Small set of scissors and a pen
- Small roll of duct tape
- 1 pack of Sugru
- 1/2 metre of velcro tape
- Small sewing kit
- Surgical Tape
- 2 knee braces
- 2 thumb braces
- 2 custom resting splints
- Finger ring splints
The Maxpedition Methusela tactical bag also has a padded laptop sleeve to fit up to a 13″ laptop computer or tablet. The PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing on each side can also be used to attach a small pouch or bottle holder. I have attached a Maxpedition mini pocket organizer I use as a small handbag and the bottle attachment holder fits a 1L water bottle. As a wheelchair user, I can sling the bag over the bag of the wheelchair and detach my wallet and valuable items, when traveling I can keep it as a single unit with no loose items that fill my hands or lap or a personal assistant can carry the bag comfortably.
At home it stores comfortably under or next to the bed or sofa and my medical equipment is always easy and quick to access. Duct tape, sugru and velcro are invaluable parts of my kit and I use these to adapt small items, particularly when travelling, to make the world a bit more accessible for me.
The Methusela is one of my favourite Maxpedition bags and with its padded shoulder strap, easy to grip handles and Paracord zipper pulls, it is accessible and durable. I am starting to feel as if I am writing a Maxpedition advert, but Maxpedition bags are brilliant and the bag that holds the items that can be responsible for saving a life, is an important item and I have grown quite fond of mine. A medical kit does not have to be obvious and it is great to be able to carry all the things I need inconspicuously.