What to Pack for a Trip – Traveling With Diabetes

Diabetes TravelManaging diabetes is a job that requires attention every hour of every day. Whether you are traveling for business or going on a vacation, extra care must be taken to ensure that your diabetes will be adequately managed while you are away from home. The change in meal times, food, time zones, sleep schedules, and any other number of factors can significantly alter your blood glucose, if you do not make a plan and act accordingly. Here are some things that you should remember to do before you leave and things that you should not forget to pack.

First, make sure to schedule a consultation with your physician. Tell him of your plans for the time you will be away and get his input on what you need to do. Also, make sure to ask if you are ready to travel and what precautions you should take, in case you are not quite there yet. Also, make sure to ask your doctor for a letter in which he explains that you suffer from diabetes and of any special care that you may need. Ask your physician for prescriptions for your medications and take with you at least double of what you would normally need.

If you are traveling to a region that requires you to get immunization shots, plan accordingly. Do your research to make sure that they do not conflict with any medication you may be taking and discuss your diabetes with the people in charge of the vaccines, so that they know that you have diabetes. Take your immunization shots well ahead of time – at least three weeks ahead – because sometimes these can alter your blood glucose levels. It is better that you suffer these kinds of side effects at home, where your doctor is readily available, than abroad. Also make sure to do some research on what facilities and diabetic products will be at your disposal, wherever you may be traveling.

What should you pack? Here is a small list of objects and things that you should take care of and make sure to carry with you on your trip:

  • Write down your doctor’s contact details – at least his telephone number and his name. Do not go anywhere without this.
  • Write down every medicine that you currently have to take and the schedule that you must follow when taking them.
  • Carry some sort of ID that will alert medical personnel that you have diabetes. It should be obvious to make sure that this and the previous two items should be written down in the language of the country to which you will be traveling.
  • Take medical supplies, such as medicines and insulin or glucagon and their syringes. Of course, do not forget your blood glucose monitor. These should be on your person when you travel. You cannot afford to lose these in your luggage or have them be damaged in the cargo hold of an airplane. Split these with your travel companion, if you are not alone.
  • Take sugar or glucose tablets for possible hypoglycemia.
  • Take enough supplies for an additional couple of weeks, just in the rare case of you having to stay for reasons beyond your control.

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