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Tips for traveling with diabetes

by IBD Medical on May 27, 2021

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With the circulation of Covid-19 vaccines and travel beginning to open back up, it is the perfect time to start planning your next trip. Even though you are on vacation, it is important to plan effectively to ensure a safe, fun, and hassle-free trip.




Make sure that you eat well: 

You may need to ask your doctor for the best meals to:

1. Eat while out at a restaurant

2. To take with you on a trip or,

3. To cook while away from home


Check your blood glucose levels regularly: 

Checking your blood glucose levels regularly is important while traveling. This is because a change in routine, meals, and activities may make your levels fluctuate more readily. To avoid a sudden dip or spike in levels, check often and take the appropriate actions to avoid an emergency situation.


Carry the right glucose tablets or snacks with you:

If traveling overseas, brands of lollies may be different as well as the glucose/dextrose levels in them. To avoid any issues, carry the tablets you usually have to keep up your regular dosages.


Talk to your doctor or diabetes educator:

If traveling overseas, time zones and extreme climates may affect how you manage your diabetes. Talk to your doctor about where you are traveling to, so they can provide strategies for appropriate management of your diabetes. 


Let the airline know that you have diabetes:

This will then be passed on to the cabin crew who are trained in meeting your needs throughout the flight. You may also choose to order meals high in fibre and carbohydrate, and low in saturated fats at the time of the booking to control blood glucose levels while on the plane. 


Be sure to make arrangements in advance for traveling so that you comply with the airline and airport regulations. Although all airports may vary in regulations, the ADA has some general tips to avoid delays in the airport. These include:

  • Carrying all diabetes supplies in your hand luggage (pack extra insulin or supplies in carry-on luggage)
  • Your name must appear on all insulin and/or glucagon script labels
  • Carry a few copies of your doctor’s letter explaining your diabetes and why you must carry these supplies
  • Carry scripts for medication with your name on them

 Traveling with diabetes doesn’t have to be stressful with the right planning and organization. Talk with your doctor or diabetes educator to discuss your plans and if there are any medication adjustments needed. Make sure you overpack, have comfortable clothing and shoes, carry fast-acting insulin (such as glucose tablets or lollies), and pack enough supplies to last double the amount of time that you are away for. With careful planning and taking precautions, you can have a relaxing, memorable, and hassle-free trip. Safe travels!


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Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.