It is all in a good preparation.
If you think about it, the real and only essential’s that one with diabetes has to have is insulin and something to administer it with. However still wanting to continue with good diabetes control and to avoid unnecessary stress caused by running out of the supplies and not knowing whether we would be able to stock up locally in an emergency, we pack and take everything we think we may need plus a few spares too.
This is what one of our carry on bags looked like.
We had three of them, mainly filled with D supplies.
Things to think about.
When packing I think of following:
- Pack all diabetes supplies in the carry-on luggage (if traveling by plane; less chance of it being lost)
- Pack supplies in at least two different bags (again if one gets lost I’ll still have the other)
- Pack enough supplies for the duration of the trip + a few spares
- Get the letter from the doctor explaining why you need to carry all that stuff (keep the letter with the supplies, easy to show it at borders)
- Pack the essential back up kit really handy (if the pump fails, in it I have a pen with needle on it ready to jab; if one glucose meter fails I have another handy; spare canulla, line and insulin, glukagone)
- Have enough hypo treatment handy (juice, although ideal, might not be accepted on a plane so we take sweets);
However, I have found this information (photo below) in Swiss in-flight magazine, so the things look as they are changing, allowing extra fluids to be carried on board by Diabetics :)
- And, of course, store the insulin we carry properly…. but that is for a another story .
This is our packing list for diabetes supplies for this trip. Mr T is uses a pump with only one type of insulin. He does not use a continuous glucose monitor. Of course the list would be slightly different if he did use a CGM or if he was on pens. Feel free to download it and use it for your next trip.
Happy traveling, everybody!