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.