Going away in 2 weeks..

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2011-07-20 07:55:11 -0500
Started 2011-07-19 12:51:14 -0500

So, the week of August 6th I'll be going away for the week with my boyfriend and his family. This is my first long trip since becoming diabetic, so I was curious of what I should pack? Besides the obvious. I know to pack my medications, meter, glucose tabs, needles, extra test strips, vitamins and something to dispose my lancets and used needles in…

Is there anything essential I must pack to keep my diabetes in control while I'll be so far away from home?

I'm planning on packing a bunch of my own food, we're staying in a cottage on a lake, so I'll be able to prepare my own meals…

I'm a little nervous being away from my house, my pharmacy and my doctor for such a long period of time, but I'm also so excited to be getting a break from the real world and work and just have the chance to relax and have some fun.

I'm hoping to get some hikes and long walks in to keep up with my exercise as well.. There will be lots of swimming, so I have to remember to pack the sunscreen. And the bug spray!

10 replies

Type1Lou 2011-07-20 07:55:11 -0500 Report

If you use insulin, ask your doctor about prescribing a glucagon kit for you. We never travel without it and have had to use one twice within the past year when my blood sugar dipped below 30 and I became non-responsive. Last August's episode landed me in an Idaho hospital and they admitted me for 1.5 days…we never made it to our vacation destination of Yellowstone. Last Saturday's episode landed me in the ER in Maine where I was treated and immediately released. In both cases, my husband injected me with the glucagon before rushing me to the hospital. In my case, it's been a life-saver!

jayabee52 2011-07-19 15:34:51 -0500 Report

Do you have a pendant or bracelet which lets people who don't know you know about your diabetes? Something like the MedicAlert,[ http://www.medicalert.org/ ] or what I wear: a plastic waterproof fllash drive bracelet you can use to program ALLyour medical information on using your computer [http://medicalhistorybracelet.com/ ] ?

I don't know the turn around time for the MedicAlert, but the bracelet I have came in 3 days, and it was easy to input my medical information on it.

We of course want you to come back rested and refreshed. Have a good time!

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 18:59:46 -0500 Report

I agree with Jaybee. A tag of some kind to let people know and make sure you have your medical info in a dry safe place as well and with you. You will be among strangers for the most part, and you want them to know how to help you out.

You need to also pack a camera and take LOTS of pictures to share with all of us here who are not by a lake or on vacation. LOL Have fun! Don't fret, you will do great.

melissa5786 2011-07-19 19:33:14 -0500 Report

I'm looking into getting a medical alert bracelet before I leave. I've been meaning to get one for so long now. I really need it for when I go to the gym and when I'm at work. I have a small medical alert charm with my medical information that I keep with my meter, which is always with me… but, I know I should wear one as well. Hopefully I can find a cheap one quick.

Thanks for all the information! I will most definitely be taking lots and lots of pictures!

MewElla 2011-07-19 13:57:36 -0500 Report

I just back from traveling. I made sure I had my snack bag, where I carried my emergency snacks, like…glucose tablets, graham crackers, pntbutter to go small pkgs, small plastic bottle of o j, bottle of water, several granola bars (bag was insulated, kept things cold) also, string cheese, raisins. Believe me, this came in handy so much, as the travel made meal time not the same as my usual time, or the get-togethers were further apart than my eating time, had snacks, tested, snacked, exercised, my bg#'s stayed good all thru trip.

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 19:02:18 -0500 Report

I always take a back pack with me on hikes especially since I am always away from civilization during that time. I was worried the first camping trip I took as a diabetic, but you know. I just had fun. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and make sure your boyfriend knows the signs of a low especially as well. Try to get a lot of rest, too.

melissa5786 2011-07-19 14:07:31 -0500 Report

Thanks! I'll have to start making lists and check everything off as I go along. That way I know I won't forget anything!

kmk1968 2011-07-19 13:40:59 -0500 Report

just make sure you have something with you that is available at all times while you are hiking,swimming and enjoying other outdoor fun,ohh and dont forget to just chill and have a good time!!! you will be fine !!