I too almost always wear my pump in pockets. I just stuff the tubing in the waistband of my pants or skirts but I know of others who cut a small hole or put a buttonhole in their pockets. They feed the tubing to the pump through the pocket rather than over the waistband. I’ve thought about that for some clothing but haven’t actually done it yet. That would be really convenient for cargo pockets that are lower on the leg. I’m basically lazy though and don’t want to disconnect and find the little hole, etc when I’m getting dressed. Plus for me I know I wouldn’t do this often enough to where it would be a habit and so I’d be more likely to forget about it and pull the site out when I changed clothes.
If I’m wearing something without pockets then I use a spibelt or put the pump in a baby sock and wear it in my bra. At night the pump is usually just rolling around the bed with me or under my pillow.
I personally like the longer tubing. It gives me more options in terms of how to wear the pump. I think it’s also good to try different things and accessories/clips etc as over time you’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t. Plus as wearing the pump becomes a habit you’ll be less likely to snag on things.
The pumps are pretty durable. I wouldn’t worry about damaging it from normal wear and tear and dropping it they are designed to take that type of normal use. I’ve only been pumping with Animas for about 9 months but I’ve been pumping for almost 9 years now. The pump companies will all replace a pump that has been damaged or if it malfunctions. Over time buttons may start to stick or some cracks would develop in the housing or the backlight would go out. It’s not a frequent occurrence but this is something they expect over time. The pumps also have internal checks and systems so if something’s not working right internally then there will be alarms that occur that will let you know something is off. I haven’t had my Animas long enough for a warranty replacement but I’ve had a couple of minimed pumps replaced here and there and it’s never been a problem.
I have one skin but I don’t always wear it. My screen protector got pretty scratched so I took that off and haven’t replaced it. So far I find the pump screen to be pretty durable so I’m not worried about it.