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DIABETES diabetes

Travel and Diabetes

When traveling, verify you have the following:

1. A form of identification, i.e., Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace.

2. A letter from your doctor or educator that explains that you have diabetes and includes any related information: why you must carry insulin and syringes, your current medication regimen, allergies if present, instructions in case a medical emergency occurs, etc.

3. Hypoglycemia treatment in your pockets or purse, such as glucose tablets, gel or glucagon. Make sure your significant other or those traveling with you are aware you have diabetes and know what to do in case of a hypoglycemic reaction. Talk to them regarding your particular symptoms of hypoglycemia, so they are alerted to help you if necessary.

4. Extra supplies: strips, batteries, control solution, syringes sharps container, lancets, ketostix snacks to cover delayed meal times medications: insulin, pills, Tylenol, etc.

5. Prescription for medications and strips.

6. Name, address, and phone numbers of healthcare providers, clinic, or hospital where you will be traveling.

7. Comfortable, well fitting shoes to be worn at all times.

8. If applicable, learn how to say or write down important phrases in the foreign language where traveling such as "I need a doctor," "I need a help," " I need sugar or juice," etc.

9. Train your significant other or those traveling with you on glucose monitoring and your particular goals of therapy.

Other important points

1. Allow plenty of time so as not to rush and cause unwanted stress.

2. Try to rest often while traveling and drink plenty of water if permitted.

3. Walk while traveling to get in your needed exercise.

4. Keep insulin in a cool dry place, away from sunlight.

5. If possible try not to travel alone, particularly on long trips or when traveling out of your state or country of origin.

6. Carry your medication, syringes, and supplies for testing with you in a small suitcase. Try not to check-in this particular suitcase.

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