Tips for Traveling with Diabetes

April 25, 2012 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

  1. Get a letter and prescription from your doctor to take with you.  The letter should include what you need to do to manage your diabetes, the medications and supplies that you use, and any food or medication allergies.  You should always pack enough to last through your trip.  The prescription should be for your insulin or diabetes medications and supplies in case of an emergency.
  2. Carry or wear a medical ID at all times.  This should be done whether you are traveling or not.  This is important in the case of a medical emergency.  It allows emergency medical personnel to learn key health information about a person when they are unable to speak for themselves.
  3. Pack at least twice as much medication and testing supplies as you think you will need.
  4. Carry your diabetes supplies with you in your carry-on bag.  If you pack your supplies in luggage that is checked, your luggage could get lost and you would be without your supplies.
  5. Keep your insulin cool while traveling.  You want to avoid letting your insulin get too hot or cold.  This can make it lose strength and not work as effectively.  You may use a travel pack or insulated bag with a cool pack.  Do not store insulin in the glove compartment or trunk of your car.
  6. Take snacks with you. You never know when you will have access to food.  It is best to go prepared.  Snacks that do not have to be refrigerated are the best.  Some examples include: crackers and peanut butter, fresh fruit and nuts, and trail mix with dried fruit and nuts.

*Adapted from American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org)*

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