Travel Day Guidelines for Diabetes

Travel Day Guidelines for Diabetes:

Supplies General recommendations
  • When traveling by air, place all diabetes supplies in your carry-on luggage, preferably split between two bags.
  • Pack into one bag all the supplies you will need in-flight until you reach your destination.
Insulin
  • When traveling overseas, insulin must be in your carry-on luggage and in pharmacy-labeled packaging (each box of 5 needs a separate lable).
  • Store in a cool pack in your carry-on luggage, not in the aircraft hold.
  • Don’t skip your insulin.
  • Check availability of the insulin you use in the countries you plan to visit.
  • Get aware about time zones, if applicable.Declare your medications and diabetes supplies on your immigration card and at security checkpoint.
Insulin Pen
  • Take spares.
Pen needles
  • Take more than you need for the trip, in the correct size.
Insulin pump (if used)
  • Declare your insulin pump at the security checkpoint and inform security staff that your pump must not be removed (reinforced by doctor’s letter)
Insulin pump
  • Take spares; inserter, lines, alco, wipes.
Blood glucose meter
  • Take a spare meter plus batteries.
Blood glucose strips
  • When traveling overseas, check availability of strips in the countries you plan to visit.
  • Remember that you may need to test more often in –flight.
Lancets
  • Take extras.
Fingerpricker
  • Take a spare
Ketone Strips
  • Ensure strips are in date before departure.
Batteries
  • Take spares for meter and (if used ) insulin pump.
Sharps container
  • Take travel-size container with lid.
  • Contact relevant diabetes association/s before departure ask for local sharps disposal services (Note: some airports/aircrafts provide sharps containers).
Glucagon
  • Check expiry date
  • Must be packed in carry-on luggage and in pharmacy-labeled packaging.
Doctor’s letter
  • Make sure the letter is type and therefore readable.
  • Keep several copies with your travel documents and present at security checkpoint if necessary.
  • The letter should outline your medical condition/s, the insulin (and frequency of dosage) you take, devices used, the importance of carrying medication/s with you and that your insulin pump (if used) must not be removed.
  • Consider whether the letter needs to be translated into the language/s of your travel destination/s
Extra prescriptions
  • Contact the relevant association (IDF website www.idf.org) to check if the insulin you use is available at your travel destination – particularly important if you are going there to live or to stay for an extended time
Vaccinations
  • Check relevant requirements well in advance
Identification
  • Keep Diabetes Identity Card.
  • Specify if you use an insulin pump.
Hypo kit
  • Take hypo kit containing quick acting carbohydrate such as juice tetrapak/jelly beans/muesli bar/biscuits/ Glucose Powder.
Carbohydrate snacks
  • Pack carbohydrate containing snacks in carry-on luggage.
Airline meals
  • There is no need to order ‘diabetic’ meals.
  • If insufficient carbohydrate is served with your meal, ask for extra carbohydrate or use your packed carbohydrate snacks
Cool pack
  • Take a cool pack in your carry-on luggage to store insulin.
Clock/watch
  • Take two watches–one set on ‘departure’ time and one set on ‘destination’ time
Sick day management
  • Keep ‘Ketone strips’.
  • Take sick day kit and management guidelines (talk to your diabetes educator)
Contact details
  • Take phone and email details of your doctor, diabetes educator and (if relevant) insulin pump company.
  • Consider making contact before departure with an diabetologist, endocrinologist at your travel destination
First Aid kit
  • Stock kit with basic first aid items such as bandaids, antiseptic, thermometer, sunscreen etc

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