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Travel and diabetes

Planning ahead is key, no matter where your trip takes you. Here are some special considerations to keep in mind for managing your diabetes while traveling.

 

Pack twice as many supplies.

If for any reason your trip is delayed, you want to make sure you have the blood sugar testing and/or insulin injection supplies you need. It may also be helpful to carry a small card in your wallet for easy reference listing Edgepark product numbers and Edgepark’s contact information in the event you need to order additional supplies.

 

Carry your supplies separately.

Place your diabetes supplies in a bag to take with you in your carry-on. Whether you’re traveling by air or car, it’s good to have your supplies easily accessible.

 

Wear comfortable shoes.

Diabetes can lessen the amount of blood that reaches certain parts of your body, especially your feet. If your plans include long stretches of walking, pack a pair of sturdy shoes to keep your feet supported and comfortable. You should also inspect your feet regularly for any blisters, cuts or other injuries. Treat any foot injuries right away.

 

Stay hydrated.

People with diabetes are at a greater risk of dehydration. While traveling, you might want to pay close attention to how much, how often and what you’re drinking. No-calorie, sugar-free water is the best choice when it comes to staying hydrated. 

 

Bring snacks with you.

In the event that your flight is delayed or you hit unexpected traffic on the road, you should pack some diabetes-friendly snacks to have at the ready.

 

Wear a medical ID bracelet.

As a precautionary measure, especially if you are insulin-dependent, you might want to wear a medical ID bracelet.

 

Note: Special concerns for airline travel

Consider printing out a Notification Card to present to airport security personnel. Created by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), the wallet-sized card lets airport security officials know about your condition in a discreet manner. The TSA states that, “Diabetes-related supplies, equipment, and medication, including liquids, are allowed through the checkpoint once they have been properly screened by X-ray or hand inspection. Passengers should declare these items and separate them from other belongings before screening begins.”

 

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SOURCES
www.diabetes.webmd.com/features/find-the-right-shoes-for-diabetes
www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/passengers-diabetes
www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/medication/when-you-travel.html
www.mayoclinic.com/health/dehydration/DS00561/DSECTION=risk-factors