Tips for traveling with diabetes

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-08-05 07:32:21 -0500
Started 2014-07-22 17:59:23 -0500

Diabetes Forecast just came out with these tips for traveling with diabetes. Here's the link:

I always bring twice the supplies I think I'll need and will frequently opt to get a "loaner" insulin pump from Medtronic as a back-up to my pump…"just in case". I've never had my pump fail but the back-up provided peace of mind. I also bring along Lantus and Novolog pens in case I have to revert back to MDI. We're planning our next trip to Costa Rica!

11 replies

DrJohn 2014-08-05 07:32:21 -0500 Report

Be sure to also bring a "travel letter" from your doctor to let everyone know you need to keep supplies and snacks with you at all times.

Rose67 2014-07-24 18:53:53 -0500 Report

Thank you, Lou for this valuable reminder. My husband and I will be traveling to AZ for the winter in our RV. It will be our first journey as snowbirds.

Type1Lou 2014-07-24 19:00:35 -0500 Report

We were snowbirds for 5 years until moving permanently to Florida in 2005. I'm busier in my retired life than when I worked full time. Life is good! Enjoy!

Glucerna 2014-07-23 17:16:21 -0500 Report

The one travel mistake I often hear about is packing diabetes supplies in a checked suitcase when flying. The suitcase might be lost, or the flight delayed or even re-routed. In addition to putting diabetes supplies in carry-on luggage, it's always a good idea to have a copy of all prescriptions with you. When is the trip to Costa Rica? ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-07-24 09:04:55 -0500 Report

Not til later this year, in the fall. My husband and I try to travel as much as we can while we still can. This past spring, we spent 2 weeks in France and we had a great time. It recalls my first trip to France back in the 1980's. I was on injections of NPH insulin then and had packed 2 vials in my carry-on even though I knew I'd only need one. On the flight over, the flight attendant asked if anyone with diabetes on board had insulin they could spare because a passenger had forgotten hers. I gave that passenger my extra vial and she sent me flowers after the trip for having saved her vacation. I'd forgotten about that experience.

Glucerna 2014-07-24 18:45:46 -0500 Report

What a wonderful memory! You being prepared with extra supplies was lucky for her. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-07-23 06:02:06 -0500 Report

Oh wow, Costa Rica! That sounds incredible. Take lots of pictures please. Have a great time!

Very thorough article. I really do believe in the one bag theory, even on long trips. Lost luggage is too stressful, that's for sure. I learned that in my business travel days. Keep it close.

Type1Lou 2014-07-22 18:02:13 -0500 Report

Actually, this article first appeared in 2012…but Diabetes Forecast just re-issued it…the information is still helpful.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-22 20:14:38 -0500 Report

Yes you are right I have seen it before also. But it never hurts to remind us and I appreciate that you did bring this back to our attention. It is easy to forget things and it is good to be reminded. So Thank You LOU, for this discussion post.