Traveling With Diabetes

February 21, 2024

Are you letting diabetes get in the way of you traveling more and seeing the world? I hope not. There is no need to let diabetes hinder your travel plans or have your travel plans be hindered by diabetes. With a little bit of planning ahead, your diabetes can be well managed during your travel excursions. Here are a few tips that can make traveling just a little bit easier and help you ease your mind, and thus also improve your blood sugars.

 

Always carry the following with you when traveling:
1. A form of identification such as a Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace.

2. A letter from your healthcare provider that explains you have diabetes and includes any related information: why you must carry insulin and syringes, your current medications, allergies, instructions in case of emergency.

3. Hypoglycemia treatment in your pockets or purse, such as glucose tablets, gel or glucagon. Make sure your travel companion(s) know that you have diabetes and are aware of what to do in case of a hypoglycemic reaction. Advise them of your particular symptoms of hypoglycemia, so they can help if necessary. Teach them how to administer glucagon should you experience severe hypoglycemia. Never drive if hypoglycemia symptoms are present.

4. Extra supplies in case you stay longer than planned (strips, glucometer/insulin pump batteries, control solution, syringes, sharps containers, lancets, ketone test strips, snacks to cover delayed meal times, medications.

 

5. Prescriptions for medication and strips.

6. Comfortable, well-fitting shoes to be worn at all times.

Before leaving for your destination:

1. Obtain information on the local foods and drinking water.

2. Be sure all of your immunizations are up-to-date.

 

3. Learn about time zone adjus

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