Best Travel Tips When You Have Diabetes
Check out these tips that will allow you to travel with peace of mind.
By: Sue Cotey and Andrea Harris, RNs
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With many people traveling around the holidays, we wanted to answer the following question for people with diabetes: I enjoy traveling, but worry about successfully managing my diabetes. How can I be in control while I’m away?
When you’re traveling with diabetes, you need to do a little more planning ahead before you go. The following tips should help ease your concerns and allow you to travel with peace of mind.
Your special travel kit should include the following things:
Keep your travel kit in your carry-on bag if you are traveling by air.
Be sure to visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for updates before heading to the airport. This is so important because TSA regulations can change on a daily basis. According to the TSA, all items needed for your diabetes care are allowed through the checkpoint once they have been properly screened by security. You should declare these items and separate them from other belongings before the security screening begins. Have them in your special travel kit.
If you use an insulin pump and/or CGM, you can be screened without disconnecting from the device. According to the makers of insulin pumps and the CGM, these devices should not be worn through imaging technology or go through X-ray while in a carry-on bag. Screening should be conducted either by pat down or use of a metal detector. It is important that you inform the TSA officer about your pump or CGM prior to your screening process.
If traveling by car, make sure you go to a rest stop every two to four hours to get out and walk and stretch your body for healthy circulation. Keep your travel kit within reach for easy access when you need it. And remember that medications, especially insulin, need to be protected from extreme temperature changes and sunlight so an insulated container may be a good investment.
Once you have all of this in order, it’s time to enjoy your trip!