- For a big trip, we should get a medical check-up four to six weeks ahead.
- For trips abroad, ensure correct immunisation.
- Ask our doctor for a letter explaining our diabetes medicines, supplies, and any allergies.
- Get diabetes identification in the languages of the countries we will visit.
- Learn to adjust our diabetes medicine routine if we are crossing time zones.
- Always wear visible diabetes identification or medical alert.
What to pack
- Double the amount of diabetes medicine and supplies needed in our carry-on luggage.
- If we use insulin, remember our Glucagon kit.
- Insulated bag and blue ice to keep insulin cool.
- Snacks, glucose gel, or tablets to treat low blood glucose reactions.
- Medical insurance card and emergency number for our medical insurance company.
- First aid kit including: Bandages, gauze, and topical antiseptic, pain reliever, medicines to treat diarrhoea and motion sickness, sunscreen and insect spray
- Ask for an aisle seat, for easier access to the restroom, especially if we use insulin injections.
- Check in early to prevent bumping.
- Tell the flight attendant we have diabetes.
- Keep our diabetes medicines with us – don’t store them in the overhead compartment.
- Don’t inject air into the insulin bottle before drawing up the dose. The air is pressurised.
- Every one to two hours, move around to increase comfort and reduce risk of blood clots.
- Never go barefoot, even in the shower or pool.
- Be careful about food safety when travelling in some countries.
- Use only bottled water to brush our teeth.
- Only drink bottled water and avoid ice.
- Only eat cooked vegetables and fresh fruit that can be peeled.
- Only consume pasteurized dairy foods.
- Avoid eating food from street vendors.