A diabetes kit is a savvy tool to stay safe when life throws your curve-balls.
When it comes to managing diabetes, there's no such thing as being overly prepared—especially when so few of your busy days go exactly as planned. Unexpected events, from a surprise social invitation to a serious weather event, can keep you out and about longer than you'd expected. Keep a diabetes kit with you so you're always prepared with your diabetes care essentials.
A good rule of thumb is to keep enough medications and other supplies in your on-the-go bag to last a week. If you have enough supplies to last a week you can go out for dinner after work two nights in a row without having to fret about having enough insulin. Keep these rules in mind for your medicine so you will never find yourself unprepared.
Going out to eat or grabbing a drink with friends means you'll be stepping out of your daily routine and into situations that can alter your blood sugar levels. Use your diabetes tool kit to prepare for delayed meals and other disruptions by keeping a few crucial items on you at all times.
The greatest accessory to your diabetes kit is something you probably already own: your smartphone. Diabetes-savvy apps can help you eat smart in any situation, and ensure your safety in a medical emergency.
Build a habit of checking and refilling your supply bag as needed, ideally on a daily basis. Even on a normal day, there's a good chance you'll dip into your snack stash! Don't let any of your go-bag supplies get depleted or pass their expiration dates.
You're more likely to build a "bag check" into your routine if you pair it with another daily practice, like making lunches or your morning coffee. Ask your doctor or Rite Aid pharmacist for recommendations on a quality travel pack and any specific guidance for keeping the medications you use safe.
By Nancy Burtis Boudreau
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These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.