10 Tips for a Diabetic Traveler3 min read
People with diabetes need to prepare in advance for most daily activities. They especially need to plan before traveling to ensure their daily diabetes care routine is not disrupted.
Travel with your diabetes care medicines and tools at hand.
Whether traveling by car, train, or plane, ensure you travel with your diabetes care medicines and tools at hand, and make sure they are easily accessible. When flying, put all your medicines and care tools in one carry-bag. Don’t forget to carry a back-up insulin in your carry-on bag because the carry-bag can be exposed to extreme heat or cold thus damaging the insulin inside, and ruining tools like glucometers.
Stick to your routine.
Ensure your diabetes care routine is not thrown off schedule. For example, traveling out of your time zone would mean feeling hungry when you should be sleeping. Therefore, you need to think ahead and stick to your routine care.
Carry your documentation with you.
Carry documentation from your doctor indicating that you have diabetes, and that you need to carry with you your medication at all times.
Let airport and airline staff know that you have diabetes.
Put Diabetes medicine and tools in a quart-size plastic container. This way, screeners will immediately separate diabetes medication from other luggage. Carry insulin bottles in their original packaging to prove the prescription is your own.
Be on the Lookout for a low glucose level.
When traveling, you may disrupt your normal routine for eating and insulin injection. You may also increase your physical activity. You need to be prepared for low glucose level because of these changes. It is recommended you carry with you lots of glucose tablets.
Watch the foods you eat.
Do research on foods you may not have nutritional information about to ensure they don’t contain excess sugar. Test your blood sugar level before and after meals to ensure you are not eating foods with excess sugar.
Increase your diabetes care supplies.
Double diabetes supplies as if you are going to stay twice the period you intent to stay.
Consider changes in time zone.
Adjust your insulin pump’s clock to reflect changes in time when traveling to a different time zone.
Test your blood sugar level.
When traveling you may be sitting in one place for a long period of time. This lack of activity may affect your blood sugar level—making it rise. Test your blood sugar levels before and after meals to correct the high.
Let travelers and staff know you have diabetes.
It may not be comfortable letting other passengers know you have diabetes, but it is important that you do so. Let them know your diabetes care schedule and what they should do in case of an emergency.
Before your trip, inform your doctor about your travel plans. Inquire from your doctor how to adjust your insulin dosage if you will be crossing time zones. You may need special meals, therefore talk to your airline, hotel, or cruise ship staff about that.
Article courtesy of the diabetic test strip experts at DTS Buyers
Guest Author: Jonathan Rowntree
Jonathan is the Editor of The British Gent and freelance writer who has worked with numerous national and international publications. You can follow him @TheBritishGent
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