traveling with type one

Holiday Travels With Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetic Tips

During the holiday season there can always be lots of traveling involved. Whether it’s going to a relative’s house for a night or having to travel far by train, plane, bus, or car to stay for weeks.. both ways still require packing and becoming a fortune teller to predict the future of what you will be doing and what you will need. Even being a non-diabetic, traveling itself can already be quite the ordeal. However, with Type 1, it’s a whole new game. It can be quite complicated when you basically have to bring a whole other suitcase with just for your diabetic accessories. On top of that, traveling can induce stress (in which I talked about T1D and stress in Day 14 post). I hold my breath stressing out every time I walk through security thinking that they will take away my needles or cause an embarrassing scene about it. So managing all that packing, stress, traveling can be a lifesaver. The best way that I can manage all of this is by preparation. I created a helpful checklist of all the things that I make sure I have before going on any of my quests:

  • Insulin
  • Ice pack
  • Insulin pens
  • Pen needles
  • Syringes
  • Insulin pump (if used)
  • Insulin pump consumables
  • Blood glucose meter
  • Glucose strips
  • Lancets
  • Fingerpricker
  • Ketone strips
  • Extra batteries
  • Emergency glucagon
  • Glucose tabs
  • Doctor’s letter
  • Extra prescriptions
  • Snacks and water
  • Identification and medical card
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Tissues
  • Sharps disposal container
  • Any other vitamins and/or medications

When flying, make sure that all your diabetes supplies equipment are in your carry-on luggage. Traveling in Europe definitely taught me this lesson. On my first flight as a Type One from France to Barcelona, I packed all my things in my checked bag (because I did not think that they would allow me to carry needles on the plane). Rookie mistake. Consequently, my bags were never lost (thankfully), but they did arrive late which did lead me to freak out for a while to think that all my supplies were gone for good. Lesson learned. 

For Day 17 of the Type Happy Holiday Challenge (if you are traveling for the holidays) think about your travel plans, make sure that you are well prepared for them, and make sure you have all you medical needs taken care of in advance. What are your fun travel plans for the holidays?

Also if any diabetics have ANY problems with airlines, TSA, etc. make sure to contact the American Diabetes Association as they help advocate the rights for us to travel with ease.

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