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Keep Insulin Cool While Traveling With Frio Cases

Paddling the Amazon? Hiking Macchu Picchu? Don't let your diabetes hold you back from life's great adventures. Traveling with diabetes simply takes planning and the right supplies. FRIO Insulin Cooling Cases offer refrigeration to go, ensuring that your insulin stays at the right temperature throughout your trip. Traveling with diabetes The American Diabetes Association recommends travelers take the following precautions: Protect your insulin. If you plan to be out in the elements, protect your insulin with a cooling case. Insulin exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures can lose its effectiveness. Pack enough supplies. Pack twice as much medication and blood-testing supplies as you need, including insulin and extra syringes. Understand dosages. If you do run out of insulin during your journey, be aware of different dosage conventions abroad. You may need to purchase different syringes to adjust the dosage to your current prescription. FRIO cooling cases: Insulin cooling on the go FRIO cooling cases offer a handy alternative to the refrigerator. These small, portable cooling packs keep insulin cool for several days once activated. Simply immerse the pack in water for 5 to 10 m Continue reading >>

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  1. jed1337

    I'm moving to a different country in about a month, and I want to bring my one year supply of insulin with me. Obviously this needs to be kept at refrigerator temperature during my trip. So far I can only find information online on equipment that mainly keeps the insulin at room temperature, like the Frio bag.
    What equipment can I get to keep the insulin at refrigerator temperature? Total travel time is probably 8-10 hours.

  2. takes22tango

    I've made 5 international trips over the past year and have a 6th in a few weeks. But since I usually am only going for a few weeks at a time I don't bother keeping the stuff cold.
    If it were me, I'd pick up a soft shell cooler (One that can fit in the over head bins, possibly multiple smaller ones that can squish if needed) And stuff it with ice packs. The airlines are required to let you carry as many medical supplies as you want without counting against your "allowed number of carry on items" (so you get your 2 items, plus whatever supplies you have. However, if you pack your supplies WITH your other stuff, they are no longer exempt) And I believe TSA lets you take through frozen ice packs. (It's probably a good idea to double check which ice packs are approved) It's a pain to have to carry so much with you in the terminal, but you definitely do not want to check your insulin. Especially if it's a whole years worth. I've had luggage come out of the belly super warm, and almost frozen (I've had condensation on my bag from it being so cold in belly transferring to warm Houston air). I suppose you could always pack it all in a regular rolly suit case too. If I were doing that I'd line the case pretty well with towels for insulation, add ice packs, and the insulin in the center.
    If you find yourself at the back of the line/last of boarding groups/feeling like there is not going to be any space left in the overhead bins for your stuff by the time you board you CAN ask to board early. Just let them know you are carrying diabetic medical supplies that MUST make it on the plane with you, and you're concerned about space. They will let you board first. (A note, I have done this before, but as I prefer my dignity, I only do it when I feel like it's necessary)
    Also, for when you get there...(I don't know how much traveling you've done, so you may be aware already, but this may benefit others who are traveling) Be aware of the temperature of unfamiliar refrigerators! It's probably best to keep a few ice packs frozen and keeps your stuff cold in the coolers until you know that the fridge is going to be the right temperature. On my last trip to Italy, my mother talked me into putting my vials in the fridge (I usually don't bother). I woke up one morning to my husband telling me the milk froze, so he turned the temperature up a bit. (Meaning it thawed before I could investigate) That meant that I had no clue if the insulin froze or not which lead to a little bit of a freak out til I could figure out if it was working still or not. Save yourself some stress and double check the fridge temp before you put your life line in there :)

  3. jed1337

    I'm definitely gonna carry the insulin with me at all times, a cooling bag seems quite appropriate for it actually. I've read now that the breakdown of insulin doesn't happen that quick, so I'd be fine keeping it at room temperature for the trip.
    I didn't know that the medical supplies doesn't count as one of my carry on bags, that's great to know! I probably won't be in the back of the line, I always get to the airport really early haha.
    I'm staying with a friend when I arrive, so I'm sure the temperature in the fridge should be alright, but I'll send her a text to ask just in case :)

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