Save Time At USA Airports

Airport and security check point delays at US airports can add hours to your travel times. Delay related to weather conditions and air traffic congestion can make it difficult to maintain good control of your diabetes. Keep on top of possible travel complications by checking out what is happening at your departure and destination airport.

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Monthly Travel Tip

Airport Security - People with diabetes deserve better according to Diabetes Daily Voices. As airport security has become more intrusive, it has increasingly caused inappropriate inconveniences to people living with diabetes. Although the official guidelines are reasonable, they are not evenly followed in practice. Plan for plenty of extra time in case you experience unfortunate and time consuming delays passing through security.

Online Diabetes Books

Online Diabetes Books searches the internet to locate the best prices for your favorite books about living with diabetes. • managing diabetes when traveling • general diabetes information • exercise and diabetes • nutrition • diabetic cookbooks • and more. It’s a great resource for all books and reading materials about how to effectively manage your diabetes when you are traveling.

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Diabetes Medical ID Accessories

Diabetes Medical IDs are one of the best ways to let local emergency responders know that you have diabetes so they can treat you properly if you have a medical emergency when traveling. ID bracelets, neck chains and shoe ID tags for runners are easy to locate and won't be separated you in a medical emergency. Using a diabetes information card in your purse or wallet, or a copy of a letter from a physician can be easily misplaced, lost or missed.

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Adjust For Time Zone Changes

Insulin Pumps -- Adjust For Time Zone Changes The Joslin Diabetes Center cautions travelers with insulin pumps to consider time zone changes. The Joslin Centers tip is if you’re wearing an insulin pump and will be traveling to a location that is in another time zone, be sure to adjust your insulin pump’s clock to reflect the change. As always, if you have questions about how to handle the change, be certain to speak with your doctor or diabetes care professional before the trip.

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Alerts, Security and Travel Information

Before departure always check with the governmental security agency in both the departure country and the destination country for the latest alerts, security and travel information. In the United States it is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The United Kingdom is the Home Office. In Canada it is the Canadian Transportation Agency. Additional information can also be found at the local diabetes association chapter at your destination.

Traveling with Prescription Medications (FDA)

How can you avoid travel delays upon arrival to, and departure from, the United States? That’s a question patients often ask their doctor or pharmacist before traveling. Take a few minutes to watch this US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) video with recommendations on how to travel with your medications.

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Experiences Traveling With Diabetes

I was traveling to Munich from London with a brief overnight stop in Brussels.  On my arrival in Brussels my luggage could not be located. I spent the day in Brussels and then went on to Munich that evening. After three days I departed Munich and still didn’t have my luggage. It wasn’t until the day after I arrived back in the US that the luggage showed up at my door. If I would have had any of my medications in my checked luggage, I would have had a real problem


I was having lunch with some associates when a client happened to enter the restaurant. We asked him to join us. We had already ordered so we asked our waiter to hold our order to allow the client to order and eat with us. I had already taken my Humalog just prior to ordering and because of the unanticipated eating delay, I began to get  low blood sugar shakes and sweats. Fortunately, I always carry Glucose tablets and hard candy. If I hadn’t, I would have been in a panic. Craig L, Wisconsin

I arrived in the US from London and began our California holiday.  On several occasions during the week we experienced lengthy traffic delays. 45 minute trips turned into hours. I didn’t plan well. I understood it was not difficult to find cafes when traveling by car in the US. However, when you’re stuck in California traffic, getting to a cafe can be next to impossible. Having a glucose low while stopped in traffic is not a pleasant experience. I will definitely prepare better for the unexpected the next time I do family travel in the US.  Mark T, Coventry, UK