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Diabetes & Travel
Marci’s DIY guidelines for a worry-free trip

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!

Marci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Marci is the author of The Diet Game: Playing for Life! More about Marci Sloane

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