Traveling to Mexico

By ali21 Latest Reply 2014-07-01 00:54:08 -0500
Started 2014-06-28 20:41:39 -0500

Hey everyone!

So I have been a type 1 diabetic for 9 years now and I have great control. I will be traveling next week for the first time ever since I've been diagnosed. I have very nervous and stressed about it. Can you guys give me some tips to make this trip as amazing as possible!

6 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-01 00:54:08 -0500 Report

I had my dental work done in Los Algadones. Me and my husband both. He didn't eat or drink when we would be there due to his dental condition, but I did. I asked our dentist where he suggested. I had some amazing fish tacos, and iced coffeefrom that same vendor each time we went. I was getting new dentures, but my husband was getting some work corrected that he had done in Az. It was extensive but their office and their work was excellent and top of the line equiptment. I found that all their diabetic testing supplies were really cheap. I don't use insulin so that wasn't a problem. I kept enough meds. with me for the trip each time.
Best Wishes and I hope you have a great time.

GabbyPA 2014-06-29 18:21:06 -0500 Report

Have fun! If you have good control, you know what to do. Just keep an eye on things. But don't forget to have fun.

I have traveled abroad, but not to Mexico. Stick to bottled water when you can. One thing I do is always make sure to enjoy some local culture and if that includes food, there is nothing wrong with asking what things are made with so you can work your carb counts as well as you might. You might find that you don't eat enough. That is what I do on my vacations because I am so busy doing great and fun things. So make sure you have something for lows just in case.

Did I say...."have fun!"

Harlen 2014-06-29 14:13:51 -0500 Report

Just cover for what you eat and drink , test often (strips are cheep there)
Take two extra bottles of insulin that you think you will not use.
It is hot there keep you insulin cool.
When I go to where it's hot I only take as much insulin as I'm going to use in one day with me or only fill my pump 1/2 full each morning .
Best wishes and have fun

Type1Lou 2014-06-30 16:52:47 -0500 Report

Harlan, I'm living in Florida and it is as hot as Hades now (90+ degrees). I've not had any problems with a 3 day supply of insulin in my pump. Just wanted to mention that.

Type1Lou 2014-06-29 10:16:56 -0500 Report

Are you driving or flying? If driving, make sure you don't leave insulin in a hot car without some cooling around it since extremes in temperature may compromise the effectiveness of the insulin. If flying, put all your insulin and syringes in one bag to go through security. It doesn't hurt to have a copy of your prescription(s) with you. Keep your meds with you in your carry-on. If you use an insulin pump, check with the manufacturer about any restrictions for going though security machines. I have a Medtronic pump and metal detectors are OK but no X-rays or body scanners since they could damage the pump (despite any assurances that the TSA rep might give you) I opt for/insist on pat-downs at the airport and they are no big deal. Have a wonderful trip!

Amna2104 2014-06-29 05:25:35 -0500 Report

Congratulations that u have strict control over ur health :) I'm really glad for u . Keep it up.
About ur travel, I'll also travel after two weeks and I decided to make my journey wonderful. It's my first time too and we should calm down and never stress cause u will enjoy as long as u feel happy and not stressed with that new experience
Some tips:
First, search for the historic ,well known places and landmarks of this country . Make sure that know their locations as well from the map
Second, u should know the weather of this country to take the suitable clothes,and other convenient stuff to this weather .
Third, take ur medications with u in the plane
These are the main points I'd focus on before travelling to any points. For more tips u can ask those who travelled specifically to Mexico , they can help u well :) my best wishes to u and I wish u best time ever in your journey .

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