Meet Tony Phoenix -Morrison. As far as I know there is no insulin in that fridge. He is simply running with a fridge on his back (you can check his story HERE, that is where I borrowed this photo from).
The length of our stay away from home determines the amount of insulin I pack. If it is a week or two (anything under a month) I do not worry about refrigerating the insulin. It is meant to be used within the month once it is out of the fridge anyway, so I just keep it away from direct heat and make sure I do not leave it in the car in the sun.
It is a different story if we pack for 3 or 6 months away.
Not enough for the 3-6 months supply of insulin we need to carry at times.
On many of the trips we have made over the years, traveling from South Africa to Europe and even further, from Australia to Europe, I have tried different things to keep insulin cool and safe.
Then, on one long flight, they politely said NO and explained that it is now against the safety rules to take anything from the passenger and keep it in their stores. Well, I have resorted to collecting some ice from the crew in regular hourly intervals, placing it in an insulated lunch box along with the insulin. I had to take care not to freeze the insulin in the process. Needless to say I did not sleep much on that long flight.
Nowadays, I do not count on anybody being able to assist so I try to be self-sufficient.
I have a cooler bag with decent insulation, I freeze the cooling gel pocket, I insulate the insulin in its original package with bubble wrap and then put the frozen gel next to it.
All then goes into the cooler bag.
Although I have not found the ULTIMATE portable cold store for our travels, this worked and the insulin we carried survived.
I must confess, I never stopped asking the crew to store our insulin in their fridge and on our recent long flight the
cabin crew obliged.
Maybe the safety rules have changed lately, or maybe, just maybe they took me off that list of most suspicious people :)
The traveling fridge!
Ready to rock!