Traveling when you have diabetes.

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2012-01-17 13:41:34 -0600
Started 2012-01-07 21:22:12 -0600

When traveling by air what are some of the things required by you?
How can you make a trip enjoyable? What shoul I keep in mind. First time flyer with diabetes. Thank you in advance.

9 replies

Harlen 2012-01-08 17:42:33 -0600 Report

I bring my own food to eat and snacks if they give you any crap just tell them are they going to cover the med bills if you go DKA????
They drop it real fast lol lol lol
Best wishes

Flustrated 2012-01-08 11:54:15 -0600 Report

Wow! I'm happy we have such security but wow what a pain in the butt. Wondering if flying is worth it. This is a quick trip to Arizona and back to Ill. I'd like to schedule it so mealtime isn't an issue. You see I am very green at this. My son is great and wouldn't mind. It is me and I don't want to be a burden. I thank you for your input. It really opens my eyes. It looks like medicine and vitamins go on a carry on bag. Shoes, I can leave ortho's home and wear gym shoes. I am working at this. My husband has to stay at home. We are visiting a brother-in-law who is celebrating his 94th ? Birthday and I don't even know if he will know who I am. My son takes visits at Memorial Day, but no one knows if he will be here. We know there will be another trip when the time comes, but my husband says that will be by train. Wow! there is a whole life story here. Thank you.

jayabee52 2012-01-08 01:41:57 -0600 Report

Howdy Jan!

There is a website from the which tells about "hidden disabilities" — of which diabetes is one — here ~ ~ Should you read this website and still have questions,There is a phone number you could call in the "contact us" link at the bottom of the webpage I just gave you.

I don't know if you are able bodied or have walking impairment as to distance, but when you make your reservations for your flight, you also could ask for wheelchair assistance. I know flying out of some of these bigger airports would be nearly impossible for me if this service would be unavailable.

Another consideration, you may want to carry your meds in a carry - on bag, just in case your luggage gets lost in transit. You may not want to go without your meds for the time you are separated from your luggage.

I plan on flying perhaps this coming Mar and/or July.

Praying this is helpful


roshy 2012-01-09 04:45:06 -0600 Report

james, you are the godfather of this site, you know that!!!

i have another tip, ask you doctor or nurse to provide you with a leeter explaining that you are diabetic and have important vital medication with you. The amount of times i got delayed trying to explain why i have needles rolling around my bag really puts a downer for the start of your journey!!

jayabee52 2012-01-09 04:52:27 -0600 Report

Yes in the movie which will be made of my life they are looking to hire Marlin Brando to play my part, since he played the Godfather role in the movie of the same name so well! ROTFL!

That is a good tip. Have them document all Jan's disabilities and all her medications and her need to have them with her in her carryons.