The kit comfortably holds her meter, lancet, test strips, both insulin pens, diabetes card with all her info, 2 extra syringes and in the 2 zippered pouches.... lancets and pen needles! Everything right in one little bag :) The backpack holds that kit, extra snacks, a juice box in a baggie (after that low yesterday), odds & ends like bandaids & handi-wipes, on-the-go Crystal Light packs, glucose tabs, glucose gel, skittles & smarties (thanks Lynnea), $5 for those "just in case" moments (you never know when you wont have cash on you to grab a snack!) and ohhhhh we can't forget the Nintendo DS! LOL! She's only had the backpack for 3 days but she's wanted to carry it! I think it makes a huge difference if you're forced to carry all these things that you be able to carry them in style! *wink* (BTW, I still don't own a Vera yet!)
When she first came home from the hospital, they sent us home with what they called a "Camo Pack". It was pink, blue and white camoflauge (Yuk!) but it was like an insulated lunchbox. It had a long strap and was sorta awkward looking. She carried that for about a month and then we tried switching things over to a bigger bag that I carried as my purse. Well that didn't last long because the first time she wanted to go somewhere with Daddy, I had to empty my crap and give her the bag. So then we switched to a purse with hearts all over it. It was flimsy and had a short shoulder strap that she couldnt keep up on her shoulder. So then she went to a mini backpack. That seemed to work the best! The backpack was one her sister had in her closet and never used. She's carried that for about the last 3 months. Its been nice because we are able to toss it from one car to the next...she can strap it to her back and not have to worry about losing it...and she can keep up with it instead of us always having to drag it. Since she's done so well with it....why not get her the Vera Bradley? ;) Now she's in-style! LOL!