Many of us are escaping winter and heading to warmer destinations during spring break. Traveling with T1D takes some extra planning. Visit our website for important TSA travel tips. Here are a few other practical travel tips to keep in mind:
- Pack all your diabetes supplies in your carry-on. If your luggage were to get lost, you still have what you need to manage diabetes and stay healthy.
- Bring extra supplies – at least two extra of everything.
- Check your blood sugar more often. When in a different environment and out of your usual routine, it can be common for blood sugars to be more variable.
- If you are traveling to a different time zone, remember to update the time in your pump to match the time zone you are in – and then don’t forget to reset it when you travel back home.
- If you’ll be in warmer weather most of the time, have a plan for storing insulin and keeping it cool, such as an insulated lunch box or thermal container with a cold pack. Blood sugar meters and testing strips should also be kept at room temperature and not left out in direct sunlight.
And, of course, have FUN!