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Madeira Beach, FL 33708
By Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE
The sun is out and flowers are blooming. Do you find yourself suffering from Spring fever? Not to worry—the remedy is easy. Decide on a nice place to visit to take a little time out from the hectic pace of life. What better way to recharge oneself?
So while you are packing those suitcases, remember to pack along your diabetes care supplies. You can get into a lot of trouble on vacation if you attempt to completely forget about diabetes. Here are some travel tips to help ensure a wonderful holiday:
- See your health care provider for a check-up about one month prior to a long trip.
- Get a letter from your doctor explaining you have diabetes, what medications you are taking, including the need for insulin and insulin syringes if that is your situation, and the necessity for blood glucose monitoring and supplies.
- Ask about immunizations if you are traveling abroad.
- Ask your doctor how to adjust your medication with time zone changes.
- Ask your doctor to advise you what to do if you get ill on your trip (what medications to take for vomiting or diarrhea, for example).
- Have your doctor fill out extra prescriptions for medications, insulin, syringes, lancets, and strips so if your supplies are lost or stolen, you will have an easier time getting them replaced.
- Diabetes supplies should be carried on to avoid loss and potential temperature issues if medication is stored in checked in baggage (especially true with insulin).
- Medications and insulin with their original pharmacy labels on them.
- Blood glucose monitor (allowed if clearly marked with the brand name and the lancets are properly stored in the case).
- Carry a few snacks, like crackers with cheese or peanut butter, along with juice and/or glucose tablets, and a protein bar.
- Bring twice the amount of diabetes supplies as you think you will need.
- Shoes and socks that won’t cause blisters.
- Medical insurance cards and emergency contact numbers.
- Medical alert bracelet for those taking insulin or diabetes medications.
- Insulated bag to keep insulin cool.
- Call the airline at least 24 hours in advance to see if there are any additional requirements in carrying your diabetes supplies on board.
- Syringes and blood glucose monitors are allowed if properly labeled.
- Don’t worry about having your meter or insulin X-rayed.
- If you have trouble getting through security, ask for a supervisor to assist you.
- Ask for a diabetic meal or count your carbs and order a regular diet.
- Request an aisle seat so you have easier access to the bathroom.
- If traveling alone, tell at least one person you have diabetes.
Having diabetes is complicated enough as it is. With a little careful planning, you can enjoy a safe, relaxing time on holiday. Surf’s up! Don’t forget your camera and sunscreen!
Send your unopened, unexpired diabetes testing supplies to:
Defeat Diabetes Foundation
150 153rd Ave, Suite 300
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
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