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Traveling with Diabetes

Traveling with diabetes requires some extra planning before your trip. These tips can help you avoid problems and control your blood sugar so that you stay healthy while you travel.

Planning and Supplies

Before you go on a trip, ask your healthcare provider for a letter saying that you have diabetes. The letter should say:

  • 1. All of the medications you take
  • 2. What supplies you need
  • 3. If you have any food or medication allergies

As you prepare for your trip, you should:

  • Make sure you have medical identification, such as a bracelet or necklace, that says you have diabetes
  • If you will be visiting a foreign country, learn how to say, “I have diabetes” and “sugar” or “orange juice” in the language of the foreign country you plan to visit.
  • Take extra diabetes medication and supplies in case you need to stay longer or have travel problems
  • Pack your medicine and supplies in your carry-on luggage. This includes all pills, your glucose meter and supplies, and snacks
  • Make sure your medicines have your name on them and how much you take
  • Ask your healthcare provider if you need to take a glucagon emergency kit in case of severe low blood sugar. These kits have the supplies that are needed to give a glucose shot if your blood sugar falls too low
  • Break in new shoes 2 or 3 weeks before your trip

Source: MKT0567