Looking forward to a weekend getaway, but worried about your Diabetes? Even if you are not worried, if you have Diabetes, it’s important to prepare ahead for your travels to stay safe. Find out here, how you can have the perfect vacation and stay in tip-top shape!
If you have diabetes, traveling can be an extra hassle – even a health hazard if you aren’t prepared. But with a little foresight, you can stay on top of your condition while far from home. Here are 20 tips for packing, snacking, medications and more…
No matter how well you stick to a daily regimen at home, things are bound to change when you’re away. You eat out, your activity level increases but also becomes less consistent, and unexpected stresses can push blood sugar levels up.
We’ve assembled a quick guide to managing diabetes while traveling – whether locally or internationally, for business or for pleasure.
1. Create a supply checklist.
Write down everything you’ll need to stay healthy to ensure that you don’t forget important items, especially when you’re in a rush to get out the door.
2. Keep a small travel bag with you at all times.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that you keep a bag stocked with these items:
- Insulin and as many syringes as you’ll need for the trip (and a disposal container for storing used syringes and test strips)
- Blood and urine testing supplies (with extra batteries and strips for your glucose meter)
- Oral medications with the prescription labels attached (extras are a good idea)
- Other medications, such as antibioticointment, anti-nausea drugs, etc.
- Your ID and diabetes identity card, as well as your doctor’s emergency number
- A well-wrapped snack pack containing crackers, cheese, peanut butter, fruit, raisins, a juice box, and some form of sugar (such as candy or glucose tablets) to treat low blood sugar levels
- A portable meal (that doesn’t require refrigeration) in case of unexpected delays
3. Pack workout clothing.
That way you’ll be ready to exercise, wherever you are. Most hotels have facilities for guests but require proper clothing. Ask the hotel staff or locals about safe places to walk and other active pursuits in the area.
4. Wear comfortable shoes.
They’ll help you walk briskly – and ache-free – through airports, train stations or cruise ships. Plus, once you reach your destination, use them for sightseeing on foot.
5. Don’t neglect your blood-sugar monitoring.
No matter how long you’ll be traveling, test your blood glucose as frequently as your doctor recommends. Regular monitoring can help you catch potential problems early, thus preventing highs and avoiding lows.
At the Airport
Traveling by air can be stressful, especially if you have diabetes-related items to keep in tow.
Fortunately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows people with diabetes to carry testing supplies and medications in their hand luggage.
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