Have you started packing for your summer vacation? Traveling with diabetes can seem like a daunting task. There are a number of steps that you can take while preparing for your vacation to make managing your diabetes a little easier. Many unexpected things can happen on vacation, a missed flight, lost luggage, a flat tire perhaps. These unexpected delays can prove challenging when it comes to keeping your blood glucose stable.
By preparing for the unexpected you’ll know that your diabetes is able to still be managed. Below is a list of tips to help manage your diabetes while on vacation. Always check with your doctor before traveling or if you have any additional questions before taking a trip.
- Medication and supplies. Be sure to pack extra medication and supplies for your trip. Include anything that you could possibly need such as, test strips, batteries, glucose tablets, syringes, and glucagon. Always keep your medications on hand and don’t pack medications and necessary supplies in your checked luggage. Keep these important items on your person at all times. Diabetes medications are allowed in carry ons while flying as long as they meet the liquid restrictions.
- Pack smart snacks. Having constant access to food when traveling makes it easy to keep your blood glucose stable. Items such as crackers, fresh fruit, juice boxes, granola bars, or glucose tablets provide you with options for times you otherwise may not have access to food when your blood sugar gets low.
- Frequent testing of glucose. There are a number of things that can throw off your blood glucose while traveling. New foods, changing activity levels, and changing timezones are all factors that could affect your blood-glucose levels. Set aside time to monitor your glucose levels regularly throughout your trip.
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