travel.JPGPlan ahead

  • 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

When flying

  • 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.

Other tips

  • 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.
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