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For the traveling diabetic, overnight stays and short trips should

not cause any real anxieties, other than if you are newly

diagnosed or the diabetic is a young child. For adults, short trips

are easy enough. You will need to take all your normal stuff with

you, and might need to remember to take your long-acting

insulin with you as well.

1. Check your supplies before you go - do you have enough blood test sensors to

last you? Enough insulin and a hypo treatment (just in case). Longer trips and

overseas travel need a bit more fore-thought and planning. Two weeks' before

you go check all your supplies and to get any extra you may need from your GP.

2. Keep your insulin in your hand luggage (If it goes in the hold of a plane it

could freeze and be deactivated). Keep all your diabetes equipment in your hand

luggage - the last thing you need is it being part of any lost luggage.

3. Security is now such an issue, it's a good idea to keep all your diabetes kit and

medication in one place that you can easily access and show to anyone who may

need to see it at customs. As diabetes is now quite common, you should not

have real issues with this in the UK, US and many Western countries.

Some tips for traveling overseas:

□ Contact Diabetes UK to see if they have a factsheet on the country you

are visiting.

□ Get the address of the British Consulate in the country you are visiting and

have that handy in case you need advice from people who speak your

language but know the local culture.

□ If you're traveling with people whom you do not know it is wise to tell them

you have diabetes. It's not fair on them if you're suddenly taken ill, and

they don't know what to do to help you!

□ Keep a hypo treatment handy at all times - new cultures and new foods

may well lead to high sugars, though.

□ If you are traveling to very hot climates, you will need to keep your insulin

cool. See below for more info.

Keeping insulin cool: Each bottle or box of insulin cartridges has an information sheet

in it. You can also check with your diabetes nurse and GP, but in the main if you use

some common sense and keep your insulin away from extremes of temperature, you

should be OK. When it's not in use (unopened and not in an insulin pen), it should be

kept in a fridge. If it's in use - an open bottle of insulin or a cartridge already loaded into

a pen, the insulin should be fine at room temperature for a few weeks. If you think it

necessary, there are specialist bags and carry cases that keep insulin cool and there are

even mini-fridges that you can plug into the car to keep insulin cool if you are traveling in

very hot countries.

Travel resources: See the Desang Directory at for a list of all

sorts of diabetes management equipment. *

Another excellent diabetes and travel website can be found at


There's no reason not to travel if you have

diabtes, but it can take a bit of planning

if you're going somewhere new. Click

on the image to the right to download

Desang's simple guide to travelling

when you have diabetes. It's a two-page

document with basic good advice and

tips that you can print down to help you

get on top of your trip. The second page

carries some tick-box lists to keep you

organized whether your using insulin

pens or a pump for insulin delivery. There

are some useful websites included too.

Don't forget to get extra supplies on

prescription before you go! We wish you

happy (and safe!) travels dear reader.


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