Travelling abroad with pump

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2013-09-27 14:18:49 -0500
Started 2013-06-13 12:41:54 -0500

I've been using a Medtronic Minimed Paradigm pump for nearly 2 years now. (I love it!) I've requested a "travel pump" from Medtronics for an upcoming trip to the Baltic Sea and Russia. I'm curious to hear whether pumpers who've travelled abroad also bring with them insulin (long acting + fast acting) and syringes in the event that they experience pump failure while on their trip? I ALWAYS opt for a pat down at the airport rather that go through any body scanner to avoid even the chance of damage to the pump. Any additional tips or comments are appreciated.

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dippy_diabetic 2013-08-14 12:39:53 -0500 Report

How did you get a travel pump? And is it the same as your everyday pump?

Type1Lou 2013-09-27 14:18:49 -0500 Report

Sorry it took so long to get back to you,,,didn't see your post until today. I have a Medtronics pump and the Medtronics website has the info about a travel pump. It cost me $50 to get the pump and it had to be returned to them after the trip. It was my responsibility to program all of my settings into the travel pump. My regular pump is a Minimed Paradigm and is 2 years old. I paid $50 for the use of the travel pump which was also a Minimed Paradigm but a slightly newer version…I noticed the difference when I went to create a temporary basal setting during exercise…the newer one was easier to set downwards…but not so different that it caused any problems. I got my regular pump in a clear plastic case and the travel pump was purple so it was easy to tell them apart.

Type1Lou 2013-07-16 08:02:51 -0500 Report

Just got back from the cruise. I opted for pat-downs in Orlando and Copenhagen upon boarding and in Paris upon changing planes. I carried my spare travel pump with me along with wearing my own pump to avoid sending them through the body scanner or X-ray machines. At all of these points, both coming and going, the airport gate agents tried to convince me that the scanners/X-rays would cause no harm to my pump. (!) In fact, one gate agent advised me that I got more X-ray exposure just sitting in an airplane! (I guess that's why he was a gate agent rather than working as an engineer or physicist?) When they see that I'm firm (but always polite) in my insistence for a pat-down, they concede to my request. Everything went well. It was a GREAT trip!

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