By debcox Latest Reply 2014-10-04 04:17:42 -0500
Started 2014-08-27 13:06:38 -0500

I have a trip coming up where I have to travel from AZ to Florida (flying) and then the following week from AZ to CA. How does one travel with insulin, if it needs to be refrigerated? Is it allowed through security? Do I need a note from my doctor? If I was driving versus flying, how do you keep it cool.

10 replies

MoeGig 2014-08-28 00:00:09 -0500 Report

I travel all the time and don't refrigerate anything. I do, however, always ask the flight attendant for an unopened can of coke when I enter (since they take the liquids at security) and tell her I'm a diabetic. That way, if something happens, she knows what it is…and I get a free coke to carry around to replace the one they took at security. Further, when I pick up my rent-a-car, I'm equipped for the drive with a coke. Alway test before you drive…:>)

debcox 2014-08-28 09:54:54 -0500 Report

Thanks, for the info. I've heard about testing before you drive but rarely do so mostly because I'm retired and usually plan trips to town right after breakfast or lunch and test before my meals. I assume that I am fine from the test an hour earlier and having eaten.

rolly123 2014-08-27 20:29:33 -0500 Report

I have insulin pen! It easy plus if used don't need refrigeration!! That's good for airport also if u need more then one when I used to have bottle I had ice pack frozen good and put bottle with it wrap around in freezer bag and put it in suitcase ! It always good have Docter note!

kimfing 2014-08-27 17:16:08 -0500 Report

Last weekend was first time i have travelled since dx. Flew from az to Vegas. We flew out of mesa gateway n had full body scanner which my pump n meter couldn't go thru. I told them up front was t1 wearing a pump. Did pat down. Everyone was very nice and courteous.

Type1Lou 2014-08-27 16:35:46 -0500 Report

Here's a link to another "Tips for traveling with diabetes" discussion that might be helpful. I don't worry about refrigeration for the flight duration and the insulin vial you are currently using may be kept at room temperature for up to 28 days. (I know that Novolog and Humalog advise discarding any insulin over 28 days old). Always pack your insulin and supplies in your carryon. I usually put them all in a separate ziplock bag to get throught security and have never had a problem. Bon Voyage!

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Robbie - 24474 2014-08-27 14:28:13 -0500 Report

I am a pump wearer and have done a fair amount of air traveling with it. I ALWAYS let TSA know that I am a T1, am wearing a pump/glucose sensor and have supplies in my carry-on (never, ever pack your supplies in checked baggage). They always pull me aside and do the explosive-residue test, but apart from that I have never had any further delays.

As far as traveling with insulin, I personally find it comforting to pack my insulin in a frio cooling pouch and then place it in a fridge or mini-fridge when I reach my destination. As long as you aren't subjecting your insulin to very warm or very cold temps, you are probably OK to just pack it in your carry-on bag.

Kats49 2014-08-27 14:18:02 -0500 Report

Get a note from your Doctor…I travel with insulin pens that do not need refrigeration fro 30 days upon opening. I keep them on my person