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RESOURCE: 35 Tips for Travel with Diabetes


So my hope was to find a pre-made diabetes packing list for travel, but I couldn't find a good one to share.  (Maybe we should collaborate and make our own!!). However, I did find this article from Diabetes Forecast with plenty of fantastic travel tips.  http://www.diabetesforecast.org/2013/jun/35-top-tips-for-travel-with-diabetes.html

I particularly like that they broke it down into many different types of travel and potential locations.  Did you find this helpful?  Do you have a master Diabetes Packing List you can share?

posted Jun 22, 2017 in Resource by KarenG (16,350 points)

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I don't have an actual list but this is what I do.  I bought a large cosmetic bag with a large plastic pocket in the center and mesh pockets on each side.  When I am home I keep the insulin I am using in one of the mesh pockets and all the other supplies I need to change my site for my insulin pump in the other.  When I pack I fill the center pocket with my pump supplies and strips for my meter twice what I expect to need and add it to what is always in there - batteries, three printed out sheet- (what to do when you have very high blood sugar, very low blood sugar and what to do if you need to use a bottle of insulin straight from the refrigerator), ketone testing strips, a glucagon emergency kit, a packet of syringes, and extra meter and the wiring to charge my meter.   By keeping most of what I need in the bag all the time it makes easier for me not to forget anything.  In another bag I keep my snacks and fast acting glucose tablets.
answered Jun 25, 2017 by Pump1fun (1,770 points)
I travel a lot for work -- but all day trips. I keep a cosmetic type bag with extra pump supplies, Dexcom sensors, Griff grips tape, batteries, etc in my everyday bag. I found this article very useful as I am soon taking a week vacation in New Mexico and traveling to Colorado for a few days within the next few months. I was stressing about what to take extras of, etc. Thanks.
answered Jun 28, 2017 by Cweems89 (450 points)