traveling with Insulin

By bubblesrickman Latest Reply 2012-02-01 09:57:21 -0600
Started 2012-01-30 19:58:36 -0600

I just wanted to know since I am on lantus that what happens when I want to go to vegas or to d c. How do I travel a long way on a plan on bus with my lantus and not get it too cold or to warm.

5 replies

door331 2012-02-01 09:57:21 -0600 Report

Lantus can be stored at room temp— if you are bringing multiple vials for longer trips you can get little containers that keep them cold like a cooler (I used to use these when I was on R and Nph over a decade ago because those insulins need to stay cooled)

As for planes- just keep it in your carry on. You should not have too much trouble but if you do just show them the Rx label.

George1947 2012-01-31 21:09:58 -0600 Report

I traveled from Seattle to NY State during the summer last year and took my insulin in a travel wallet I bought years ago. It has the cool packs and has places for veils and pens and everything else you need. I didn't have any problems with it at all… Just be prepaired and do plenty of planning. If you stay at a hotel, be sure they have a mini-fridge in the room so you can use it to store your meds.

Have fun on your trip! :)

ShellyLargent 2012-01-31 12:07:15 -0600 Report

I use Humulin R and NpH. I have travelled with both. For plane trips, I carry my insulins in my purse, I just make sure that the Rx label is easily legible. I carry all my test strips in my purse as well. I only store my extra syringes in my suitcase. I've not had any trouble doing it this way and I've flown quite a bit.

Young1s 2012-01-30 22:10:16 -0600 Report

I guess that depends upon how long the travel time is. A small carry on cooler or lunch bag lined with a freezer gel pack may suffice on a short trip (a few hours). But not having dealt with this personally I really don't know what would be needed for a longer one. Maybe others can better advise you on that.

kdroberts 2012-01-30 20:07:35 -0600 Report

Take an ice pack and wrap it in paper towel to keep unopened pens/vials cool. As long as your open one doesn't freeze or get above 80F then it will be fine. The hardest part is time zone changes because it will change the time you will need to take it, the more time zones you go through the harder it becomes and you may need a 7-10 day pre-flight plan to make sure you can transition easily.