Diabetes and Travel - Diabetes Can't Stop Me!
If you have diabetes you will understand the anxiety that can arise when planning a trip away from home or out of your usual routine. Many people worry about how they will manage their diabetes in an environment that is unpredictable.
How will you get meals that you can eat, when you need them?
How will you get through airport security?
Will the weather impact on your blood glucose levels?
And how about keeping insulin and medications at the right temperature?
These and many other questions can run through your mind when thinking about travelling with diabetes. If you have not had diabetes for long and/or have never travelled since getting diabetes, these concerns can even prevent you from going away.
Having diabetes doesnt mean your travelling days are over!
Like many other situations in life with diabetes, to make sure you have safe, healthy and enjoyable trip it is important to plan ahead and consider all aspects of your journey such as weather, time zones, length of transit time, access to meals, the amount of activity you will be undertaking and potential adjustment to medications and insulin.
Consider how much medication, insulin, blood glucose monitoring supplies, batteries and so on and making sure you have more than enough, is also critical. Many people with diabetes travel across the world.
If travelling locally and you are driving:
Pan plenty of rest stops, opportunities to check your blood glucose levels and stock up on carbohydrates.
Dont drive long distances without keeping tabs on what is happening with your blood glucose.
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