My Diabetes Kit Miss Jen Grieves

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the control and precision it gives me

far outweighs any extra hassle, but it's

certainly something to consider when

packing those supplies. This is one

instance where more is more!

Time zones are another thing to think

about when travelling, particularly if you're

going to multiple countries. When I first

landed in South Africa, I blamed my tricksy

blood glucose levels on the heat and the

change in routine. But after a couple of

days I realised I needed to change my

basal rates to match the new time zone.

Even two hours' difference had a huge

impact on my waking glucose. What I will

say is that as I relaxed and my cortisol

levels decreased, my insulin requirements

dramatically dropped. Hormones are a

rather spectacular entity!

Food is a huge part of my life, and

trying new cuisine is one of the best

things about travel but I'd advise that

you watch out for aeroplane food which

can be full of hidden mysteries that can

mess with your blood sugars. Eating out

while travelling is a fantastic way to get

to know people. I inevitably didn't always

get my carb portions right, but I never,

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"There's no need for a

fanfare but travelling

is not a time to be

shy about Type 1

diabetes. I liked

knowing that at least

one person I was

with knew what I was

dealing with, even on

the most basic level.

ever gave myself a hard time about this -

I just corrected as soon as possible and

carried on regardless. Food is there to be

enjoyed, especially on holiday!

There are a lot of variable factors to

contend with while backpacking so I think

it's important not to give yourself a hard

time if things aren't perfect. Luckily I'm a

huge seafood fan, so a trip abroad often

results in a low carb diet by default, which

helps to combat fluctuating glucose

levels. Oysters, anyone? That being said,

I had more than one incredible burger

along the way...

I also believe that travelling is not a

time to be shy about Type 1 diabetes.

There's no need for a fanfare, and it's an

incredibly personal condition, but I liked

knowing that at least one person I was

with knew what I was dealing with, even

on the most basic level. I actually found it

to be a great conversation starter, so own

it, because you're bossing it!

There are other easy hacks that

are applicable to any kind of travel with

Type 1, such as carrying a copy of your

prescription with you, as well as your

pump settings and ratios if you use one.

Travel insurance is a must, and it's helpful

if someone back in the UK has a copy of

all your documents.

Backpack backup

If you give it a bit of thought, there's no

reason why you can't enjoy the trip of a

lifetime with Type 1, backpack in tow. My

diabetes certainly felt more present than it

had done in a while, because so much of

the norm had gone out of the window, but

that also made the trip one of the most

rewarding experiences of my life. Plan

ahead and the biggest worry you'll have

is the thought of washing your pants in

the sink. Again.

Jen Grieves is a freelance digital producer who usually lives in

London but is currently working in Spain. She was diagnosed

with Type 1 diabetes in 1996.

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