By ali21 Latest Reply 2013-06-16 06:33:06 -0500
Started 2013-06-13 21:04:08 -0500

Hey guys! I am type 1 diabetic and will be traveling to Mexico for my sisters wedding. Since I've been diagnosed I have really travelled much… Any advice you guys can give me!!

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GabbyPA 2013-06-16 06:33:06 -0500 Report

First of all have fun. I know we can get so uptight about everything that we forget to enjoy ourselves. Take lots of pictures and enjoy the wedding!!

The info you have from others is great for the dealing with the airport and stuff. The doctor's note is really important. I would pack double what you think you will need, you never know if you might get stuck in an airport or need some extra help medically in a new place. Once you are there, just be mindful of what you are doing. Keeping a log book might help, as in strange places we can end up eating strange things that we react to.

When I vacation, I find I am much more active and I tend to eat less. Not always the case for some, but keeping track helps me know what is going on. Also high altitudes may play with your numbers a little, so keep an eye on them as best you can.

Type1PastryChef 2013-06-16 04:09:17 -0500 Report

I have a Medtronic pump and have flown a few times with it. I called my training nurse before the first time I flew with it and was told by her that the Medtronic pumps are NOT effective by the x- rays and I was more then able to walk threw with it on. Also on Medtronic's web page they also say that you can go threw x- ray with the pump. If you have a different brand or make I would call you company and not customer service but a nurse or patient help line. Due to I do know some pumps are effected, it all depends on the make and model. If you don't have a pump just bring a letter head note from your doctor just incase. I've only had a problem once, and that's was four months after 911 and it was a question about my needles.

ali21 2013-06-15 23:04:32 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone!! I'm just a lil nervous about having it under good control while I am there

s93vw 2013-06-14 17:26:11 -0500 Report

I went to the VIrgin Islands just weeks after I was diagnosed T1. I got the letter to the Dr although I didn't use it I had it. Keep all supplies in 1 zip lock Baggie in carry on. Anyone who asked it was only a short exclamation and I was on my way. Do heed to the advice of previous post about pump. You can not go through the scanner with it.

Type1Lou 2013-06-14 15:56:30 -0500 Report

I'm a Type 1 and have traveled extensively, both when I was on MDI (Multiple daily injections) and now using an insulin pump. When traveling internationally, it's always wise to have a note from your doctor to support your carrying insulin and syringes. I never had to use those notes but it gave me peace of mind. If you are using an insulin pump and flying, I would advise you to opt for a pat down by TSA rather than submit to a body scan (even though they may/will try to convince you the scan will not harm your pump…why take that chance? I am polite but insistent about opting for the pat down which is no big deal.) If the time change is significant, ask your doctor how to adjust for any long-term insulin you're taking or, if you are on a pump, review how to change the time so you receive the right basal doses. I used to carry glucose tabs in those little cylinders that you buy them in but sometimes the labels had come off and created questions by the TSA but they were never confiscated. Now I carry them in newly purchased tubes and put a larger supply in my packed luggage to replenish the tubes if/when needed. I do send my BG meter through the Xray machine with no adverse effects. There's no reason why you can't have a superb trip! Bon Voyage!…(I don't know it in Spanish!)

snuggles11 2013-06-14 14:01:41 -0500 Report

I flew about a month and a half ago from a little small town in Ohio to Clearwater Beach Florida and I'm a type two soI really didn't have needles or anything but I did take my glucose monitor and I really had no problem!
But Dr. Told me not to take my glucose monitor that they would take it off of me !
I really think it varies from place to place!
And person-to-person in the airport !
But I did have like a little bag of all my diabetic stuff to gather in one little bag!
Good luck and have a great trip !
Also let us know how it goes!

Type1Lou 2013-06-14 16:04:17 -0500 Report

Hi Tammy…in all my travels, I've brought my BG meter and never had a problem (both when I was living in New England and now in Florida)…in addition to traveling by plane all over the US, I've been to Canada, Bermuda, Panama, Chile, Argentina, China, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, France, Britain, Spain, Morocco, Austria, The Netherlands, Germany and Hungary…I would seriously question your doctor's advice about not taking your meter…I couldn't live without mine…what was he/she thinking????? Makes me wonder what other kind of "advice" he/she might be giving you.

hairbear68 2013-06-13 22:40:43 -0500 Report

I personally wood not take my needlw med just buy a pill box dated for a few days full it and not take my meter ether then when I get home go back too same old same old `

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