Traveling essentials for a diabetic

5 Things a diabetic needs to plan before travelling?

Categories: Lifestyle, Wellness

The holiday season is approaching quickly! With it come the thoughts of turkey, catchy music, and family. As you figure out where you will be spending your holiday season, you may begin to wonder what traveling means for you as a diabetic. What do I absolutely need to bring? Will this disrupt my daily routine? Well, let’s explore the 5 most important things that a traveling diabetic needs to know.

Identification Papers

One of the most important things that you must bring with you, especially if you are traveling by plane, is your papers proving that you have diabetes. These are not required, but they are extremely recommended. With the amount of needles, syringes, and bottles you may be carrying, it is likely that you will catch the eye of an airport security guard who will need to see some proof, so it is best that you bring your papers just in case.

Emergency Preparations

In case of an emergency, it is very important that you are properly prepared. Whether it is a keychain, a bracelet, or a necklace, you must have something on you to identify that you are a diabetic. This will help the first responders treat you properly. Also before you go on your trip, let some family or close friends know where you are going and how long you are staying there. Some first responders are trained to look through your phone for an Emergency Contact if necessary, so it would be a very good idea to have one programmed into your phone.

All of your supplies… and More!

Not only should you bring your normal amount of test strips and insulin, but you should also bring extra! Figure out how much of everything you would normally need according to how many days you will be gone and double it. It would be awful to run out half way through your trip and have to go home early due to an easily avoidable mistake.

Carrying Bag

Depending on the length of your trip, the amount of diabetic supplies you bring with you will vary. Regardless of quantity, a place to keep your supplies is essential. There are a variety of traveling cases that you can find online. Another thing to keep in mind if you are traveling on a plane is that you will need to bring your supplies with you in a carry-on bag. If you put them in a piece of luggage that goes under the plane, your insulin will freeze and become unusable.


On your vacation, you may find yourself sight-seeing, bicycling, or even playing a nice game of Thanksgiving football with the family. All of these activities mean one thing: exercise. Since you are not always on your regular eating schedule when you travel, it would be a good idea to keep some food, like a piece of fruit or some crackers, with you at all times in case your blood sugar levels drop too low. A great alternative to carrying around snacks is glucose tablets. These are fantastic for giving you a quick boost in your blood sugar levels and they won’t go bad due to changes in temperature – they are also very convenient to carry.

So, whether you’re traveling across the country or to your loved one’s place, you will have everything you need! If you ever need more tips or have friends that need this information during this holiday season, please consider sharing it with them! We here at DiabeticCare are here to answer any questions and provide you with your diabetic supplies.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 12-9-2013, 2:00 PM

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