Camping and Diabetic Feet

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-10-08 08:00:51 -0500
Started 2011-10-02 12:46:48 -0500

Hello everyone! I am vacationing in New Mexico now and having a great time. One thing I have learned is that those little no slip mats that people use in showers and kitchens are very hard on my sensitive feet. So I tell all of you campers out there, remember to take your flip flops or something you can shower in. Standing on those mats is rough.

What are some other camping tips you can share with our fellow diabetic campers?

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TsalagiLenape 2011-10-05 07:33:16 -0500 Report

Well first off I dont or wont wear flip flops cause if you slip the wrong way you injure your foot or feet. I usually will wear a pair of slippers that have rubber on the bottom. These have one layer no padding but have a rubber bottom. I found them at the local dollar general stores. Also pack along an emergency travel pack. Meaning it has my extra pills for diabetes, medical info and contact info in case of Emergency in a zip lock bag, some special K snack bars and a sweet drink for if my sugar levels are down, plus the meter. This can be carried in a pouch or in a waist wrap around pouch. You should have sun screen, bug repellent along with some water and bandana. If packed right it will fit. Also on your cell phone make sure its charged. Put in as your contact ICE meaning In Case of Emergency…this will be the person who needs to give permission for you to get treatment if you are unconscious. Mine is listed as A ICE so its the first in line of my contacts. Dont forget to pack extras of socks, and shoes. Use a walking stick as well for safety. Dont forget a first aid pack. If done right it will fit into a wallet. Carry a flash light, compass, as well as a magnifying glass. So if you had to signal someone the flash from the sun will show up. Get a 35 mm case for like film. You can pack some waterproof matches with the striker part in the lid. Mind you I used to do Scouts ie. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Everything here will fit fine except for the walking stick. Most of this can be worn on your person. If you have any questions just ask. Have a great day!:) Hope this helps as it was meant too.

GabbyPA 2011-10-06 20:59:52 -0500 Report

You are a good scout! We have all of those things in our 72 hour bags and in our camping gear. I did forget the sun screen this trip though. And my walking stick was left in the corner and didn't make it to the car. Sad...I missed it so much. I can do so much more with it.

kricket1945 2011-10-04 11:19:42 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, I am very new to all of this…but do want to add a comment to the flip flop shower idea..Great to hear you say take the flip flos as it also is a detourant to many fungus and bacteria that breed in community showers. Great Job Girl and enjoy the trip.
Now a question Flying from Maui to Seattle WA. is the altitude although controled going to upset my levels? Yes I will encounter some stress,excxitement,and forgetting the medication time. Will do my best to eat right although that is a new challenge also. Newly diagnoised diabetic. Thanks for all your posts.

GabbyPA 2011-10-04 19:50:20 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, they are on my list of things I forgot. LOL

Flying can mess with levels. For the most part, nearly everything we do messes with our levels. So do your best to stay on track. Don't freak out over your numbers. but keep a close eye on them so you can compensate if you need to. Most of all....have fun!!

Jan8 2011-10-05 06:41:34 -0500 Report

Thanks for that info Gabby,I have been avoiding travel. I should concentrate more on having fun. Hope you are having a great trip!

GabbyPA 2011-10-06 21:00:56 -0500 Report

I am home now and have posted some pics. Check them out. Last part of page 4 and 5 in my photos. Enjoy....I sure did.

kricket1945 2011-10-04 23:41:12 -0500 Report

Thank you again as I said new to all of this…YIKES WHO invented Diabetes…not me.!!! Will do my best to remember the many helps you have posted.. Enjoy your trip.

jayabee52 2011-10-02 14:22:04 -0500 Report

I thought we weren't SUPPOSED to wear flip flops.

I have bought a no slip mat made for the bathtub/shower at Wal-mart. It is kind to my hyper sensitive tootsies. It is white and in the bed and bath section. I really love mine. I will be flying to Detroit for my son's wedding. I think I may take it along. Those hotel showers and tubs are quite often very slippery. Thanks for the reminder! I don't think I would have thought of that on my own.

GabbyPA 2011-10-04 19:48:45 -0500 Report

I know we are not supposed to wear them in general, but in the shower they are a good solution to the rubber mats the camp grounds put in their stalls. I have had to shower in my socks to keep my feet from rebelling. LOL I usually bring crocks, but mine have no soul grip now, and they are not good in wet conditions. Those can work well if they have all the tread on the bottom.

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