If you have diabetes, you need to do some special trip planning. This blog offers you some tips to help you stay safe while you’re traveling.
So you’ve booked your flight and you’re ready to go on your big trip. If you have diabetes, though, you need to do some special trip planning. This blog offers you some tips to help you stay safe while you’re traveling.
Keep a Small Bag with You at All Times
Your small bag should have all of your basic diabetes supplies that you may need while traveling. The American Diabetes Association recommends including every item on this list in your handbag:
- Insulin and enough syringes you’ll need for the trip
- Oral medications with prescription labels attached
- A diabetes identity card with your doctor’s emergency phone number
- Additional medications including antibiotic ointment, anti-nausea, and other medications as recommended by your doctor
- Well wrapped snacks with crackers, cheese, peanut butter, fruit, raisins, juice box, and a few pieces of hard candy to treat low blood sugar levels
- A portable meal you can eat in case of unexpected delays while traveling
Keeping this emergency bag with you while you travel will make it easier to handle any unexpected circumstances that would make it difficult to manage your blood sugar.
If you have an insulin pump, you may want to click on this advice from Medtronic. They discuss:
- Preparing to Travel
- Preparing for Flying
- Updating the Time on Your Insulin Pump
- Travel Checklist
- Airport Security Guidelines
Keep Anything Vital in Your Carry On
Did you know that more than 2 million bags were reported lost or mishandled by the airlines last year? If your checked luggage ends up lost, you don’t want to be without important medications, syringes or blood-testing supplies.
Instead of putting these in your checked luggage, keep your bag with your diabetes supplies with you at all times. You don’t want to arrive at your destination and then immediately need to scramble to get the supplies you need because they were lost by your airline!
Tell the TSA Screener Your Have Diabetes and Are Carrying Supplies
The TSA will allow you to carry these diabetes medications, equipment and supplies on the plane.
- Insulin and insulin-loaded dispensing products
- Unused syringes when accompanied by insulin
- Used syringes when accompanied by a hard-surface container to place them in
- Lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs
- Insulin pump and insulin pump supplies as long as it is accompanied by insulin
- Glucagon emergency kit
- Urine ketone test strips
- Liquids or gels
- Continuous blood glucose monitors
If you have any questions about traveling with diabetes, we would be glad to help. Focus Express Mail Pharmacy can answer any of your questions about insulin pumps, diabetes supplies, and more. Call toll-free 1-866-403-6287 or visit www.FocusPharmacy.com.