There is misconception that say travel is only for young people who are healthy. People who have certain health condition can still enjoy a vacation or trip as long as they take precaution and follow guidance given by their doctors. Therefore, it is possible for those with diabetes to travel safely and comfortably. If you are planning to travel with diabetic people, it is better to be more thorough with the preparation.
Travelling comfortably and safely with diabetes
The very first thing you need to do before travelling with diabetes is to talk with your doctor or medical team. They have to know about your travel plan such as length of visit, your destination, activities, as well as the weather. This way, your doctor will have the base to decide the right suggestion that suit the best with your condition. There are many thing on the road that can influence your needs such as heat, altitude, cold, foods, exertions, etc.
Always be ready with medications
You need to talk with your doctors about medications you have to bring with you. You also should have a plan for sickness that is possible during your trip. Your doctor will prepare written instructions you can easily follow and prepare you a back-up insulin with a syringe. It is also better to pack medications and everything twice. This way, you will be ready for the unexpected such as loss bag or any situation. This way, you still have back-up even during crisis.
Put medication in carry-on bag
It is advised to put medications and the kits in your bag instead of suitcase because suitcase has more potential to lose. You also have to pack some crackers, glucose tablets as your low supply in your bag. Solid glucose choice is more preferable and more efficient to bring to the airport instead of juice boxes.
The TSA could be an issue
Be prepared with TSA airport security if you travel by plane especially if you are wearing a medical device. Make sure you are prepared for thorough check. If your travel companion is the one with diabetes, make sure to inform them prior the travel about the possibility of this situation.
Is the destination insulin-friendly?
Do your research about your destination prior to the trip. Your destination may be too cold for you to keep your insulin usable. Insulin is best to keep in room temperature. Therefore, you still have to be mindful when using hotel room fridge because it can freeze your insulin. If you have such a long haul journey to reach your destination under cold weather, you can use your body heat to keep your insulin and the kit from freezing.
Don’t let it stop you
The most important thing to travel comfortably and safely with diabetes is to not let it stop you. With thorough plan and precaution, you can travel with ease. You still can create your own adventure even when you have diabetes. There are many things to do and enjoy during your travel without letting your diabetes hold you back. If you travel with diabetic travel buddy, always encourage them to enjoy their adventure.