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Best Travel Tips When You Have Diabetes

Everyone desires to travel! Effective preparation is the best way to ensure that you get the most out of your trip or holiday and depart with peace of mind… especially if you have diabetes. 

Diabetes does not prevent you from traveling. Certain measures must be taken, however, to ensure a comfortable and worry-free trip. 

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A Diabetic Person’s Choice of Destination 

No matter where you go, it’s a good idea to learn a few diabetes-related terms and phrases in the local language, such as “I have diabetes,” “Orange juice or sugar, please,” “insulin,” “hypoglycemia,” and so on, so that you can convey the basics when necessary. 

For example, traveling to the middle east and booking the best hotels is important as the weather there is pretty harsh and extreme so you need to take care of yourself starting from the moment you book your flight for the middle east. 

Here are some things to think about depending on the resort, mode of transportation, and travel style. 

Transportation and storage of diabetes-management drugs: 

● It’s important to note that changes in temperature or humidity can affect the safety of drugs, whether they’re taken orally or intravenously. It’s important to learn about and follow the storage instructions for the drugs you’re taking from your pharmacist. 

● Insulin can be kept at room temperature for a few weeks after it has been opened, between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius. The length of time varies by brand; your pharmacist will provide you with more detail. Extreme temperatures should be avoided at all costs (do not leave insulin exposed to the sun in a car, nor the cold in winter). Insulin may be stored and transported in sealed pouches. The bottles, on the other hand, must not come into contact with the cooling bags. 

● Diabetic supplies such as syringes, insulin auto-injectors, and pumps are allowed on planes. Insulin vials and cooler bags used to keep them cold are also excluded from the liquid limits and amounts greater than 100ml are allowed in carry-on luggage. It is recommended that you keep your prescriptions and supplies with you when traveling. 

A Full List to Ensure You Don’t Miss Anything: 

Here is a list of things you can bring with you on your trip to ensure proper diabetes management: 

● Blood glucose meter with spare batteries and instructions from the manufacturer ● Strips

● Lancets and lancets 

● Urine strips (if necessary) 

● Disinfectant, cotton 

● Insulin vials 

● Oral or injectable antidiabetics 

● Syringes or injection pens and needles 

● Isothermal pouch 

● Insulin pump (if used), with spare batteries and catheters 

● Sources of carbohydrates (e.g., glucose tablets, Life Savers® candies, sugar packets, sugary drinks, etc.) and glucagon kit (in case of hypoglycemia) ● Comfortable shoes 

● Dressings for blisters 

● Foot care products 

It is recommended that you carry enough insulin, diabetes medicine, and supplies for an extra week to cover any eventualities. 

STAYING ABROAD WHEN YOU HAVE DIABETES 

If you choose to remain in another country, you can familiarise yourself with the country’s health issues. 

Things To know: 

● The vaccinations recommended for visiting the country 

● The health conditions in the country. 

● If required, the ability to replenish medications on-site. 

Before your departure, do not hesitate to: 

● Check with the embassy or consulate of the country; 

● Check for health records for passengers and expatriates, visit the Medical Information Committee’s website. 

You can ask your doctor to write your prescription: 

● With the name of the drugs also listed in DCI. 

● In English, and fill out a medical certificate outlining the equipment you’ll be bringing with you that’s essential for your health. 

Do you need Specialist Medical Travel Insurance for Diabetes? 

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes and want to go on vacation, your normal travel insurance company does not cover the condition. This is where All Clear comes in. 

You’ll need a specialized medical travel insurance policy to ensure you’re covered if you need diabetes-related care while on vacation.

With so much to remember when planning a holiday, it’s easy to overlook the value of travel insurance when booking a vacation. 

And if you’re traveling across the country with diabetes, a medical travel insurance policy is always recommended. An All-Clear policy will protect you if you have to postpone your vacation due to diabetes or other unexpected circumstances. 

You may also need medical transportation to return to your hometown, which may or may not be covered by the NHS. 

It’s important to have medical travel insurance in place when going abroad if you have diabetes or prediabetes. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you must tell the insurance company about it. 

Keeping these factors in mind you should always look over all the good and bad possibilities while traveling with a medical condition because safety can never be ignored no matter how experienced you are as a traveler.

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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