Travel Tips while Living with Diabetes
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Posted by Amanda Griswold On March 30, 2017 In Lifestyle
You might remember MiniMed Ambassador, Chris from his previous blog about Dating with Diabetes. These past few months Chris has been studying abroad and today shares with us his thoughts about traveling with diabetes and wearing an insulin pump and CGM.
Diabetes should never get in the way of your ability to explore the world. Yes, it adds some logistical hurdles that other people dont have to deal with, but there are ways to prepare so that you are ready for any problem that may arise. I love to travel and have been to nearly 20 countries and more than half of the states in the US. In fact, I am actually writing this blog post from Berlin, Germany, where I am studying abroad and traveling Europe. I have quite a bit of experience with traveling (especially now that Im in college) since I was diagnosed , so Ill break it down into a few categories that I think are often the most challenging.
Pump Sites and Reservoirs I pack one set for every three days that Ill be traveling, plus a few extras just in case I have any issues with my sites.
Insulin You need to keep it cold or at least below room temperature. I either use a FRIO pouch (soak in cool water and the gel forms a cold barrier) or standard ice packs. Also, I always pack more insulin than Im going to need, just to be safe.
Other Supplies Remember to bring extra lancets, plenty of test strips, pump and CGM batteries, a backup glucometer, and backup needles in case anything happens to your pump.
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