With summer full in swing, more and more people are taking advantage of the warm weather and long days by taking a vacation. If you are someone who has Diabetes, you know that packing for vacations can be a stressful task, but it does not have to be. Although, traveling with diabetes supplies can be challenging at times, with the right tips you can travel to your favorite vacation spot with ease.
Create A Diabetes Supply Bag
Rather than having your supplies rolling loose around your luggage, create a dedicated supplies bag. Opt for a bag that is brightly colored so you can spot it your suitcase easily. In this bag, solely keep your meters, strips, insulin, pump supplies, etc. Separating these items from your other toiletries will help ensure they stay clean and shampoo free!
Checklist & Carry-On
Create a checklist for yourself that you double-check before you leave. I have forgotten essential items without realizing, and had to have them overnighted to my hotel…it is a tremendous headache, and it took a toll on my sugar levels until the supplies arrived! No one wants that on vacation. In the same vein, never pack your Diabetes supplies in your checked luggage! We all know checked bags can be lost or delayed…I also have made this mistake, and paid and arm and a leg at a local pharmacy for the supplies I was missing.
Wear A Medical ID
If you are traveling alone, make sure you are wearing a medical ID. Medical ID’s of today are not only fashionable but can help in a time where you may not be able to speak for yourself. With the medical information that is on a medical ID, it can lead to responders providing faster and more efficient medical treatment.
Bring Glucose Tablets
While traveling, you may experience low blood sugar levels and need an instant pick me up. Instead of carrier around juice, opt for glucose tablets. Glucose tablets can help you start feeling better faster and are easy to travel with. The tablets can easily go through airport security and won’t melt or spoil in your bag.
When packing your supplies, bring what you would typically need, and then double it. If you are traveling out of the country, you may want to consider tripling your supplies. Along with extra supplies, you may want to take along your prescription. If you are traveling domestically, you should be able to refill the prescription at any drug store across the United States.
The number one packing tip is to bring a positive attitude. Although it can be stressful to travel with diabetes, it should not be your primary focus. Keeping these tips in mind will help you become more prepared and help you have a fantastic vacation!