Lennon, you know intimately what I carry, but I thought it would be fun to add to this list. Bags, like forms, for me are constantly changing. I'm always looking for the "perfect" system.
I started out with a scrapbook rolling case, one with little loops under the top lid that I carried all my homeopathics in. Then, it was stolen (please remember to get a rider for your birth supplies on your homeowners or renters insurance!!!! Your auto insurance will NOT cover this loss unless it is specifically added to it!)
Then after that, I moved on to a rolling suitcase. Ok, but I didn't like lying the whole thing down on the floor to open it up. It also seemed like it lacked space while still being heavy - and I missed those little side pouches for all the little stuff.Then I got this nice big bag
- it was super deep, super big. (and I love lime!!) But when it was full, it was HEAVY. and I missed the rollers! Carrying things on my shoulders was hard.
Then I went back to the rolling suitcase -
Then I broke down and bought another scrapbooking case
... I like the rolling mechanism, the pouches all on the outside (see thru makes it easy for my apprentice to find things that I always put back in a different spot!) and the ability to close the lid while having some things right in side (the bag valve mask, hemorrhage pouch, etc). I like to carry smaller boxes and pouches inside for various things - I use rectangular plastic boxes from Storables
for my stuff like sterile barriers, amnihooks, deLee, extended cuff steriles, sutures, etc. Things I don't want to get bent or beat up. I use one side of the case for gauze (4x4 sterile) and gloves. I have all my IV equipment in a nice big makeup case (two IV bags, IV start kids, catheters of various sizes), my homeopathic kit
comes in it's own roll case. My tinctures are in a nylon bag.
I have a nice prenatal bag
- it holds both BP cuffs, a stethoscope, my baby bag (a mens' shaving bag - has my scale, sling, neonatal stethoscope, lancets, oral vitamin k), two fetoscopes, blood draw supplies, gloves, lube, my doppler and my gel.
The prenatal bag has an attachment (like a huge belt loop) on the back that the handle of my birth rolling case slides through - so when I'm going to a birth, the prenatal bag fits and stays on top of the birth case while I'm rolling it.
I also bring my O2 tank (sometimes, I'm still not really convinced I need it at births, though I like to have it in the car at least in case a mama loses alot of blood) and my birth stool. Usually I can get it all by myself, but I am happy when parnters offer help out.