Traveling with diabetes can be difficult. Here are the top 10 diabetes travel tips we have compiled to help make your personal and business travels a little bit easier
1. Keep insulin cool
An insulin storage container will maintain the proper temperature.
2. Take copies of prescriptions & pharmacy information
Pharmacist contact information and copies of prescriptions will expedite replacement or the ordering of medications and supplies when you travel. If you know you will need to reorder medications while traveling check with a pharmacy at the destination to make sure they will handle a reorder on a timely basis.
Airport security or immigration may request medication information.
3. Pack insulin or medications in your carry-on or diabetes Go bag
Medications are best kept with you at all times. You have them when you need them. Remember to keep your diabetes Go Bag beneath the seat in front of you for easy access. When you need it you need it!
4. Keep snacks handy and plentiful
Don’t count on your next meal. Traffic delays, missed connections, breakdowns, etc. will occur. Keep snacks with you to maintain your blood glucose levels until the next meal.
5. Exercise when traveling long distances
Long flights, train rides and road trips can result in deep vein thrombosis. Take breaks, move around and exercise.
6. Be ready for the unexpected
Things happen while traveling. Mechanical breakdowns, unplanned events and changes in schedules are routine. Always think about “what would I do if ” and know what to do when it happens.
7. Plan ahead for changes in time zones, temps, etc.
Have a plan and work with your diabetes educator to know how you will keep your insulin cool and how to adjust your medication schedule at your destination.
8. Carry local numbers for emergency assistance
Locate hospitals, emergency care facilities, diabetes association offices, embassies and tourist information centers for emergency medical assistance along your trip.
9. Carry medical identification at all times
If you become incapacitated, wallet cards, ID bracelets or shoe ID’s will make medical personnel aware of your diabetes.
10. Make travel companions and flight attendants aware of your diabetes
When traveling with others tell them how to help you if necessary. Don’t put them in the position of not knowing what to do if you have a medical situation