When you travel, diabetes comes along with you. By thinking ahead, you can manage your medications, meals, and the challenges of air travel.
If you’re going on a long trip, have a medical checkup first. Tell your doctor about your travel plans and discuss any changes you may need to make in your diabetes care routine while away.
Your doctor should provide specific advice on when to take prescription medications if you will be crossing multiple time zones, so bring your flight itinerary showing time zone differences. Otherwise, you could end up taking too much or too little of your medication.
Rule number one of traveling with diabetes is to pack wisely. Put everything you’ll need for diabetes care in a small bag. Then keep the bag with you at all times, whether you’re on a plane, train, or motor vehicle. Estimate how much medication and how many testing supplies and syringes you are likely to need. Then bring twice that amount, just in case something unexpected happens.
Consider wearing a medical ID bracelet or necklace that identifies you as having diabetes, especially if you use insulin.
When you travel by car, bus or train, getting there is half the fun. Just be sure to follow these tips:
Air travel brings its own set of unique challenges and some simple solutions:
Diabetes medication, devices and supplies are allowed through security once they have been screened. Let the security officer know before the screening process begins about any medications and devices you have with you, such as an insulin pump.
Last but not least, enjoy yourself! Diabetes shouldn’t stop you from having fun.
Ask your Rite Aid Pharmacist for other tips and travel advice for diabetics.
“Do You Know About Blood Clots and Travel?” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/features/TravelDVT/index.html.
“Fact Sheet: Air Travel and Diabetes.” American Diabetes Association, main.diabetes.org/dorg/PDFs/Advocacy/Discrimination/air-travel-and-diabetes.pdf.
“Have Diabetes? Get Tips for Safe Travels.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesandtravel/.
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 Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate.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.