Save Time At USA Airports

US airport and security check point delays can add hours to your travel times. Delays related to weather conditions and air traffic congestion may make it difficult to maintain proper control of your diabetes.

Avoid potential medical diabetes complications. Keep on top of what is happening at your US departure and/or destination airport.

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Monthly Travel Tip

Your Diabetes Supply Travel Kit - It's extremely important to think through what you will need to manage your diabetes before you begin your travel. A solid plan to manage any diabetic emergency is key to having a fun, safe and healthy trip.

WebMD recently had some suggestions that you should read before you go out the door.

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TSA Security Medication Guidelines

  • Inform the TSA officer that you have medically necessary liquids and/or medications. Separate them from other belongings before screening begins.

  • Medications in pill or other solid form must undergo security screening. Medication should be clearly labeled and comply with state laws.

  • You are responsible for displaying, handling, and repacking the medication when screening is required.

  • Declare accessories associated with your liquid medication such as freezer packs, IV bags, pumps and syringes.

  • 3-1-1 Liquids Rule Exemption - You may bring medically necessary liquids, medications and creams in excess of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in your carry-on bag.

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  • Diabetes Medical ID Accessories

    When traveling, wearing a Diabetes Medical ID is one of the best ways to let local emergency responders know you have diabetes so they can administer the proper treatment.

    There are several types of medical IDs in a variety of styles to meet individual tastes and needs. ID bracelets or neck chains are easily located in an emergency and come in a variety of colors and styles. Runners who don't like to wear or carry anything with them when they run can use shoe ID tags that are secured to the shoe laces of the running shoes.

    All of these forms of medical ID shouldn't be separated from you in a medical emergency. If you use only a diabetes information card in your purse or wallet, or a copy of a letter from a physician it can be easily misplaced, lost or missed by medical staff.

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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.

  • USA - Transportation Security Administration(TSA)
  • United Kingdom - Home Office
  • Canada - 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