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The 4th of July is a time to spend with your family and friends, where for many, this could mean traveling to a different state or city to be with them. If you have a long trip ahead, make sure you plan to keep it a safe, fun, and hassle-free journey home for the holidays.
While traveling, make sure you eat well and consider how different foods will affect you. If you are on a long road trip, pack some sandwiches or vegetable sticks to snack on along the way to avoid gas-stop cravings and unhealthy snacks. If you are flying, prepare for long delays or misplaced baggage - just in case. Keep your essential items with you in carry-on such as snacks, dextrose tablets, insulin, and extra supplies. You may also want to notify the airline of your Diabetes when booking to select a diabetic-friendly meal.
It is important to check your blood glucose levels regularly, especially when traveling. Keep your monitor and test strips safe and with you at all times for easy access. Try our Glucology Travel Case which is perfect to carry all your essentials available in two sizes. Talk to your doctor or diabetes educator if you are traveling overseas as different climates and time zones may affect how you should manage your diabetes.
While traveling, whether it is on a plane or in a car make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Keeping your feet protected is important when you have diabetes, therefore wear comfortable shoes and socks on the plane to prevent swelling. Walking up and down the aisle will help regulate blood glucose levels, if you are not able to walk around, try regularly moving your feet and legs in your seat. If you are traveling in a car, take regular breaks to have a quick walk outside to keep blood flowing.
The decreased activity of being in a car or on an airplane together with levels of food intake may cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate. Keep snacks and dextrose tablets or other forms of fast-acting insulin with you to keep these levels under control. Levels will most likely return to normal once a more regular lifestyle has been established at your destination. Taking a few extra precautions while traveling will help you have a fun-filled holiday with your friends and family this Fourth of July.
Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.