Diabetes & Traveling

By |2018-07-03T11:57:30-04:00Updated: July 30th, 2014|Diabetes Management, DIY Diabetes Articles|0 Comments

Traveling is exciting and diabetes should not stop you from enjoying your trip. Here are my guidelines for a worry-free trip:

  • Wear or carry a form for identifying your diabetes such as a card in your wallet or a medical identification bracelet.
  • Test blood glucose more frequently since your normal routine will likely change while traveling.
  • Keep your diabetic supplies with you, especially if traveling by plane—supplies such as medication supplies (syringes, test strips, lancets) or even an extra battery for your meter!
  • Do not leave supplies in the car in either cold winter or hot summer weather. Use a cooler with a gel pack.
  • Carry a fast-acting form of glucose with you such as glucose tablets or hard candy. Carry some food with you in case meals are delayed.
  • Carry medications for illness such as diarrhea, vomiting, and sugar-free cough syrup and lozenges.
  • If traveling over time zones ask your healthcare team about guidelines regarding medication and meal adjustments.
  • Carry a letter and prescription from your physician for your diabetes medication and supplies.
  • Check your feet regularly. Do not wear new shoes that may give you blisters.

Bon voyage!

About the Author:

Marci SloaneMarci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She grew up in NYC where she graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. For over a decade, Marci managed a Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center at a multi-bed hospital in South Florida and has been counseling people on healthy eating, weight loss, and managing diseases and conditions such as: diabetes, pre-diabetes, healthy eating, heart disease, weight loss, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension, hypoglycemia and a host of other nutrition-related diseases. Marci is an American Diabetes Association Valor Award recipient and lectures frequently to the public and healthcare professionals. Marci was a featured panelist for the Sun-Sentinel's "Let's Take It Off" weight loss program, was highlighted in the Palm Beach Post: Meet Your Neighbor, "Woman's book on healthy eating uses humor as a key ingredient" and was a participant in their Diabetes Series in 2007. Marci Sloane is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Health Professional Committee.

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