Patients’ Guide to Traveling Well with Diabetes
Welcome to the Patients’ Guide to Traveling Well with Diabetes.
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:
- what you should make sure to pack in your essential diabetes travel bag, whether you’re traveling by plane, bus, car, or train
- information about airport rules and regulations concerning the types and amounts of diabetes-related supplies that are allowed through security checkpoints
- a list of important questions to ask your healthcare professional well in advance of your planned trip
- road trip tips that can help you manage your diabetes during long car rides
- diabetes management tips for frequent business travelers
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.