Diabetes Travel Tips Patients’ Guide

Patients’ Guide to Traveling Well with Diabetes

Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Trip

Welcome to the Patients’ Guide to Traveling Well with Diabetes.

Though you may have established a pretty solid routine for managing your type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes at home, traveling with diabetes can cause many unexpected challenges.

What happens if your diabetes medications get lost? Will airport security stop you from carrying on your diabetes supplies? One of the main challenges of traveling with diabetes is feeling like you don’t have control over your circumstances; let’s face it, flights get delayed, cars break down, and bags get lost.

This Patients’ Guide is designed to help you take some of that control back. It will provide you with information to help you plan ahead, whether you are traveling for a few days or a few weeks—and regardless of your mode of transportation.

Still, one of the most important parts of traveling well with diabetes is remembering that you can’t anticipate everything. Emergencies do happen, and expecting the unexpected is just as important as making sure you’re well prepared. It’s a good idea to meet with your healthcare professional before you leave and ask him or her to help you plan out what to do if you experience a diabetes-related emergency while you are away from home.

In this Patients’ Guide, you will find articles about the following:


If you take one thing away from this Guide, it should be this: prepare for the worst case scenario, but work hard to enjoy your trip without fear that you’re going to get sick while you’re away from home. You can’t control everything, but this Patients’ Guide to Traveling Well with Diabetes will help you stay ahead of any travel challenges that come your way.

Updated on: November 5, 2012