What do you find most frustrating about traveling with diabetes?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-07-11 19:47:53 -0500
Started 2013-06-24 15:23:22 -0500

Let's just all blow off a little steam here. I don't know if you are like me, but it seems like my summers are always full of some kind of travel, whether it's family reunions, or camping trips, or what ever it may be I am always on the go. Don't get me wrong, I love summer and doing all of the fun activities that come along with it, but sometimes it can get a little frustrating and stressful. Especially when trying to plan for your diabetes on top of it all.

So I thought I would just throw it out there to see what frustrates you guys? And perhaps another great member here may have some good suggestions to help us ease our woes on the topic.

6 replies

GabbyPA 2013-07-11 19:47:53 -0500 Report

I have not done a long trip since I started my insulin. So I think the biggest issue will be keeping it cold. When we go places we tend to camp and drive the van. So I guess I will just keep it with the lunch meat. LOL I also never used to have lows and now I have had a few. So hiking scares me a little bit more. I would not want to get caught out in the middle of no where without my ditty bag. I have been much better about having it with me.

VRandy 2013-06-29 11:53:36 -0500 Report

Hey Jeanette - The challenge of it for me is the break from my routine. We don't always eat at the same times on vacations. We cook less, eat out more, usually at places and eating courses that I'm not as well-versed on carb counting. Of course, it is also why we go on vacations…to get out of our norm's! That one of the great things about get-a-ways…you get away from your norm's! Most of our vacations also give more opportunities for exercise…though it is more for pleasure than for health, there is more time spent active, less sedentary.

I just try to remember my carb training, bartering, and sometimes ask the waitstaff for assistance on ingredients when I'm clueless on a certain meal!

Go ahead, take the break from the normal routine…vacations can be difficult, but they are worth it!

Type1Lou 2013-06-25 15:42:25 -0500 Report

I find it frustrating that TSA at airports in the US still try to convince me that it's OK to go through their body scanners with my insulin pump. I'm firm but polite in my refusal to do so and insist on a pat down which has been no big deal so far. (Medtronic advises NOT to go through the body scanner as it can damage their pump.) I've been lucky enough to be able to travel far and wide. Some tours I've been on include a dinner held in a local home. Most of these have have included rather high carb offerings. In Buenos Aires, the host family was gracious and very welcoming, but I had to explain that I left much of the meal on my plate, not because I didn't like it, but because I followed strict dietary restrictions due to my diabetes. It can be awkward.

Maintanenceman1 2013-06-25 11:12:59 -0500 Report

For me it is remembering to check my sugar levels finding a restroom isn't always that easy. Never flown yet since I diagnosed as borderline diabetic. Most of my trips have been our mini-van .

tinkerbell54 2013-06-25 08:50:02 -0500 Report

Having to take my flexipens & my meter, & test stirs with me. I put these in a line lunch box for my flexipens on blue ice. And my meter , test strips in my purse. And to bring all my meds in my suitcase. But I "NEED" them all 4 my health. Ruth Tinkerbell54

bayou girl
bayou girl 2013-06-24 16:37:15 -0500 Report

I just get frustrated on packing meds period. i have a weekly medicine container, so i do my meds in that, in fact i leave on the 28th for a week. going to the guld coast in mississippi, my big vacation in for thanksgiving in gatlinburg, anyway, i only live 1 hour away from the coast and we go at least 2 times a month on weekends, i always bring graham crackers and put some in small zip loc bags, i am not a big breakfast on lunch eater, so it is usually coffee and toast from the coffe shop, then lunch is fruit (i bring in a small ice chest) and then dinner (it is a large buffet) the hotel we stay at usually has dunginess crabs, and i will eat that, and some vegetables, when they don't have the crabs, i eat what ever meat they have, sometimes ribs and they will have bbq sauce, then i have to eat the corn on the cob, and then i will eat vegetables. next week will be a challenge because we willbe the 6 nights, so i will have to see, but whatever i do, i stay away from, the breads, rice and potatoes, i do cheat on corn on the cob (love it). jsut think it thru, it is really not that bad.