Traveling with diabetes

By S.H Latest Reply 2013-05-09 01:27:27 -0500
Started 2013-05-09 01:27:27 -0500

Plan Ahead
 For a big trip, see your medical team for a check-up four to six weeks ahead.
 For trips abroad, get the correct immunizations.
 Get a letter from your doctor explaining your diabetes medicines, supplies, and any allergies.
 Get diabetes identification in the languages of the countries you will visit.
 Learn to adjust your diabetes medicine if you will change time zones.
 Always wear visible diabetes identification.
What to Pack
 Double the amount of diabetes medicine and supplies needed in your carry-on luggage.
 Glucagon kit if you use insulin.
 Insulated bag and blue ice to keep insulin cool.
 Snacks, glucose gel, or tablets to treat low blood glucose reactions.
 Medical insurance card and emergency number for your medical insurance company.
 First aid kit including: 1 - Bandages, gauze, and topical antibiotic 2 - Pain reliever 3 - Medicines to treat diarrhea and motion sickness 4 - Sunscreen and insect spray
When Flying
 Ask for an aisle seat if you will use the restroom for insulin injections.
 Get your ticket and seat early to prevent bumping.
 If traveling alone, tell the flight attendant you have diabetes.
 Keep your diabetes medicines with you, don’t store them in an overhead bin.
 Don’t inject air into the insulin bottle before drawing up your dose. The air is pressurized.
On the Train
 Check to see if a meal will be served when you buy your ticket. Order any special meal requests in advance.
 Remember that meals may not be served at times that fit into your usual schedule of meals, so keep snacks that will not spoil in your carry-on bag (to help avoid unhealthy food choices and long waiting lines at train station restaurants)
 Although it is best to travel with a companion who understands your condition and what to do about it, if you are traveling alone it may be a good idea to let the conductor know that you have diabetes, just in case you should have a problem.
 When checking in for a train, request help boarding if needed.
 If traveling with medications that need to be kept cool, ask train personnel to refrigerate medications while on board.
 If you need special accommodations - wheelchair space, transfer seats (for when you travel in a seat and stow your wheelchair), accessible sleeper accommodations – train reservations may be required, even for unreserved trains. Call ahead to make your accommodations.
 If you have developed complications that impair your abilities, you may be eligible for a rail discount. Call ahead to find out about their discount program.
For Car Travel
 Don’t leave medicines in the trunk, glove compartment, or near a window.
 Carry extra food in case you cannot find a restaurant.
In General
 Move around every one to two hours to increase comfort and reduce risk for blood clots.
 Tell at least one person traveling with you about your diabetes.
 Never go barefoot, even in the shower or pool.
 Be careful about food safety when traveling in some countries.
 Use bottled water to brush your teeth.
 Drink bottled water with no ice.
 Eat only cooked vegetables and fresh fruit that can be peeled.
 Only consume pasteurized dairy foods.
 Don’t eat food from street vendors.
Before you travel, always check with the Transportation Security Administration for the latest travel updates.

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