March 1, 2016

  1. Carry a doctor’s note
    It might not be necessary to have, but in case an issue does arise it is a good thing to have. When carrying any medication on a trip always make sure you can prove it is yours and that it is necessary to your health.
    Doctor Note
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  2. Account for time zone changes
    Traveling to a new timezone can throw your schedule out of whack, especially if you use an insulin pump. Make sure you plan for the change ahead of time and adjust your dosage and timing accordingly.
    Time Zones
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  3. Test your glucose levels regularly
    If you are on vacation, you might be participating in more physical activity than usual in order to sightsee, which could result in lows. Conversely, if you are on a business trip, you might be sitting in meetings for an extended period of time, which could result in highs. Always test your blood sugar prior to eating and after eating.
    Test Glucose Levels
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  4. Pack some snacks
    Keep some hard candy in your pocket for lows or some healthier options such as crackers or an apple.
    Pack A Snack
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  5. Be transparent if you are flying
    With strict airline regulations, it is best to have a doctor’s note, keep your diabetes supplies separate from other items, and let airline personnel know you have diabetes. Another good way to avoid a hassle at the inspection is to keep syringes and supplies in their original packaging to prove they have not been tampered with.
    Airport Security
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  6. Don’t overindulge
    When you’re in a new place, it’s only natural to want to try the new foods. If possible, try to keep track of your carb intake, and if you are in a location where you don’t speak the language, perhaps limit your indulgence to 1 exotic meal a day.
    Exotic Foods
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  7. Try to keep with a routine
    If you usually exercise for 30 minutes every morning, don’t let vacation or a work trip stop you. It might not be the same as back home, but do your best. Maintaining a consistent schedule will make the change easier on you body.
    Daily Routine
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  8. Create a travel diabetes kit
    Planning is the most important step in managing your diabetes while traveling. Keep your diabetic supplies separate from other personal items so you can easily grab it on your way out of the hotel. Also, always have some extra supplies on hand in case something happens to your kit.
    Diabetes Kit
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