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With everyone traveling now and in the next few months, it is important to be organized in your diabetes management while away. Traveling is a great way to spend time with friends or family when you have time off work, however, if you have diabetes it is essential that you plan carefully to minimize any disruptions to your management when away from home. Managing diabetes comes with a lot of different supplies and medications to keep track of, therefore, having all of your supplies organized can make for a much more hassle-free trip.
When you are away from home or travelling to a destination, storing your diabetes supplies in an easy-to-access location can help you feel organized and on top of your diabetes management. Keeping track of your supplies is also important so you can re-order or purchase new ones before your current supply runs out. If you are traveling to a foreign country or somewhere remote where it is not easy to get to a pharmacy, make sure you pack double the amount you think you will need in case of an emergency. Here are a few helpful tips when it comes to organizing your diabetes supplies while traveling:
1. Store your supplies in a temperature-controlled cabinet or case
Keeping your medication at the appropriate temperature is essential when traveling to ensure it does not break down or become ineffective. Make sure you check the packaging of your medication to know the right temperature it should be stored at.
2. Don’t leave your insulin in the car
Closed cars are often a few degrees warmer than the outside temperature, therefore it is important not to leave your supplies in the car when away or going on day trips to avoid
3. When traveling keep your supplies with you
If you are flying or driving to your destination make sure you keep all of your supplies with you in carry-on luggage. This is so you can access them as needed and keep them temperature controlled.
4. Have your at-home supplies organized but also have an on-the-go kit ready and stocked
When traveling you should keep a daily kit with all of your supplies organized. Having a pack or case that can easily fit in your bag or backpack is essential when traveling to keep all you supplies protected.
5. Dispose of your sharps safely
When traveling it is important to dispose of needles and test strips appropriately. Try our Glucology Pen Pocket Needle Container with a compact and stylish design meaning it can fit in your pocket or handbag. It is small enough to take out during day-to-day life without weighing you down and on short trips and holidays.
Planning vacations can be stressful with managing accommodation, flights, activities, and more, don’t let your diabetes management add to this stress. By having a plan with your doctor and organizing your supplies you have a much lower risk of something going wrong and you can enjoy your vacation hassle-free.
Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.