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Planning for Travel When You Have Diabetes

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Taking care of your diabetes means developing a routine for things
like meals, exercising, and taking medication. But sometimes this
routine is disrupted when you travel. Your healthcare team can help you
work out a plan to prepare for unexpected situations. The tips below can
help.

Woman sitting in airplane seat holding box of crackers in bag on her lap, preparing to eat cracker.

When You Travel

During your trip, stick to your meal and exercise plans as much as you can.

  • Wear an ID necklace or bracelet that says you have diabetes.
  • Keep your diabetes kit with you, not in your luggage.
  • Pack double the supplies you think you will need. Try not to put them all in the same bag.
  • On train, bus, or airplane trips, take a walk in the aisle at least every 2 hours.
  • Always carry a source of fast-acting sugar with you, such as glucose tablets or hard candies.
  • Carry extra snacks, such as crackers, cheese, or fruit, in case meals are delayed.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially when traveling by air.
  • If you’re traveling across more than two time zones, ask your
    healthcare provider how to adjust your medication or insulin schedule.
Parts of diabetes kit: glucose test record, insulin pen, syringe, hard candy, medical alert bracelet, insulin, glucometer, and alcohol wipes.

Be Prepared

  • Keep a diabetes kit. It should include your blood glucose
    meter, batteries, test strips, lancing device, fast-acting sugar, extra
    medication, syringes if needed, and copies of prescriptions. Use a case
    designed to carry diabetes supplies. Or use a makeup case, a belt pouch,
    or briefcase.
  • Take your diabetes kit with you everywhere, just like you take your wallet and keys.
  • Wear a bracelet or necklace that says you have diabetes.
  • Store supplies at work as well as at home.
  • Carry your healthcare provider’s phone number with you.

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