Jeanette Terry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old, and she has since lived with diabetes through difficult life transitions, including the teenage years, college, and having children. She addresses the day-to-day struggles of living with diabetes—going beyond medical advice—to improve overall adherence and management.

Diabetes can be hard to live with as we try to keep our daily schedule. Adding a trip or vacation to the mix can send diabetes control right out the window sometimes.

Planning for a vacation can be a headache in and of itself. To add in all of the precautions that an individual with diabetes has to take, it can get pretty overwhelming.

Preparations vary according to the type of trip you are going to take. For example, if you are going to be going to visit your great aunt you may need to take into account that you probably won’t be moving around much so you will need to adjust your insulin. However, if you are going camping for the weekend you will most likely be more active than usual and you will want to stock up on the snacks to keep your blood sugar up.

Remember that stress and anxiety can affect your blood sugar levels so try to remain calm when preparing for your trip. It may be a good idea to start early so that you don’t have to make any last minute changes that may cause additional stress. Here are a few ideas to help when packing for your many different summer excursions. It is always good to be prepared for any kind of diabetes mishap while traveling in unfamiliar surroundings.

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