I've never understood why all the accessories for diabetes have to be so, well, depressing. It's like someone found the cheapest, most utilitarian, boring fabrics and designs for carrying things and said YES, those diabetics will love this! An ongoing theme in my life with diabetes is trying to make it less awful and more joyful wherever possible, and that most definitely includes the category of accessories. I've spent the last 20 years searching for practical AND fun ways to schlep all things diabetic around with me.
And to date, my favorite solution has been the small, playful bags offered up by Orla Kiely. Her patterns are fresh and delightful and the bags themselves are made out of a high quality, coated cotton. The zippers work for a long time and the fabric can be washed off with a sponge when the blood from the blood tests inevitably get on the bag.
I've also liked using bags from le sport sac because, though they are nylon, it's a much lighter, ripstop variety of nylon. Which means you can reap the benefits of the easy care of nylon without feeling like your carrying around something designed for camping in the outback. They are well designed and come in a wide range of styles, colors and prints, so you have lots of choices. Take two, they're small. Change them out once in a while. It may feel a bit extravagant but I firmly believe, a little luxury is warranted wherever possible, as far as diabetes is concerned.