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Tips for Traveling with Diabetes

When you have diabetes, a vacation or a business trip means a little extra planning. Changes in what you eat, how active you are, and the time zone can affect your blood sugar levels. Here are some tips to make your travels easier:

Before You Leave

  • Make an appointment with your doctor to go over your travel plans.
  • Get twice as many supplies as you usually need to travel and bring extra medications in case of travel delays.
  • Be prepared. Know what medical facilities are available to you where you are visiting.

What Should I Bring with Me

  • Bring your doctor’s name and phone number and keep it with you at all times.
  • Bring a list of the medications you take and keep it with you at all times.
  • Wear your Medical Identification at all time. This ID tells an emergency responder or other health care provider that you have diabetes.
  • Always carry hard candy, a small snack, or glucose gel or tablets in case your blood sugar dips too low.

At the Airport

To make your trip through airport security hassle-free:

  • Make sure you tell security that you have diabetes and that you’re carrying medical supplies.
  • All of your supplies should have a proper manufacturer’s label.
  • Security will allow you to carry syringes if you have insulin with you.
  • Plan ahead for both food and medical supplies on your flight.
  • Keep your food and medication at your seat for easy access.
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