Whether it’s spring break or a relative’s graduation, getting out of your daily routine is part of the fun of traveling for vacation. But it’s important to keep your self-care routine in mind when you travel – especially if you have diabetes. Make sure you check with your clinic to see if you need any vaccines or additional medications to ensure a healthy trip.
TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY WITH EASE
Due to airport security and strict rules for carry-on bags, people with diabetes need to plan ahead
- Pack your diabetes medicine and supplies in your carryon bag – they are all allowed on the plane.
- Label and separate your diabetes equipment, supplies and medicine from your other items for easy viewing.
- If you are wearing an insulin pump and don’t want to go through the metal detector, tell a security officer that you are wearing a pump and ask for a visual search and a security pat-down.
- Ask your doctor for a note saying you have diabetes that can be shown at the security area.
USE THESE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR TRIP SMOOTH AND STRESS-FREE
- Bring more medicine and supplies than you normally need in case there are delays in getting home.
- Take copies of prescriptions with you.
- Bring your health insurance card and emergency phones numbers, including your doctor’s name and phone number.
- Wear a medical ID that says you have diabetes.
- Find out where to get medical care if needed when away from home.
Most importantly, have fun!
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Travelers with Chronic Illnesses”, (accessed Jan. 12, 2018), available at cdc.gov/travel;
David Spero, BSN, RN (May 10, 2017), “Traveling With Diabetes”, (accessed Jan. 12, 2018), available at diabetesselfmanagement.com.