How to Travel with a Diabetic Person

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 01, 2012

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Travelling with a diabetic may turn out to be a difficult task, if you don’t plan it ahead. This is not to scare any of you; eventually everyone wants a trouble-free trip that won’t prevent you from enjoying your outing. Only thing that always help is preparing in advance so as to avert undue stress and travel concerns.

Mentioned below are some of the requirements that people travelling with a diabetic must consider.

  • The diabetic condition needs constant administration, for which it is important for people travelling with a diabetic person to carry all the supplies they may need. The requisite supplies will help you to prevent fluctuating blood sugar levels in the diabetic patient.
  • Make a check-list in advance. It must include insulin, medical prescriptions, insulated travel bag to keep insulin, glucagon kit, portable glucometre, lancing device, extra needles, medical ID card stating current diabetic condition, written prescription of insulin types and dosages.
  • Divide your prescriptions and diabetes supplies while packing. Try keeping supplies in more than one suitcase (bag), in case you lose your luggage.
  • Check patient’s insurance plans before travelling, as some of the plans do not cover existing medical conditions. Take necessary steps accordingly.
  • Get acquainted with monitoring blood glucose, as you need to administer their blood glucose levels every two to four hours.
  • You must carry food and drinking water with you, when travelling with diabetes patients. Make that patient drink plenty of extra sugar-free fluids or water when travelling, while prevent them from having coffee, tea and carbonated beverages. If it is not possible to stick to patient’s diet chart, make sure that they have fluids containing glucose. Also, keep in mind that the patient eat 15 grams of carbohydrate every hour.
  • If a diabetic shows diarrhoea symptoms for more than two times within two hours,  their health care provider should be contacted; update your emergency contact list..
  • It will be better if you discuss potential risks with health care provider to make sure blood glucose level of a diabetic doesn’t fluctuate to extreme levels.

Travelling implies change in routine, which may affect activity levels of a diabetic. The situation may not be serious, but insulin level could be affected. Above mentioned tips will help you prepare for the dietary changes along administration of insulin, when travelling with a diabetic, and have a worry-free vacation with a diabetic.


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