Plan ahead for diabetes care even when you’re on vacation and traveling.
Getting out of your regular routine is part of the fun of vacation and traveling. But it's important to travel with your care routine, especially if you have diabetes.
Meals away from home, changes in how much physical activity you get, and differences in time zones as you travel can affect how well you manage diabetes. Use this time to be refreshed, lose the stress, and continue healthy habits. Before you hit the road, review these tips for taking care of yourself.
Don't Forget Your Medication
Pack twice the amount of diabetes supplies you expect to need, in case of travel delays. Have all syringes and insulin delivery systems (including vials of insulin) clearly marked with the pharmaceutical preprinted label that identifies the medications. Take copies of prescriptions with you. If you use insulin, make sure you also pack a glucagon emergency kit. Carry a card in your wallet that says you have diabetes and tells if you use medicine to treat it.
Plan ahead for stress-free travel and your health needs.
On the Road
Pack a small cooler of foods that may be difficult to find while traveling, such as fresh fruit and sliced raw vegetables. You can also pack dried fruit, nuts, and seeds as snacks. Since these foods can be high in calories, measure out small portions (¼ cup) in advance. Bring a few bottles of water instead of sugar-sweetened soda or juice.
Stick with your exercise routine. Be sure to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
Plan ahead for both food and medical supplies on your flight. If a meal will be served during your flight, call ahead for a diabetic, low fat, or low cholesterol meal. If the airline doesn't offer a meal, bring a nutritious meal yourself. Place all diabetes supplies in carry-on luggage. Remember to pack snacks in case of flight delays. Keep medications and snacks at your seat for easy access: don't store them in overhead bins or checked luggage.
Before you leave on your trip, make sure you are up-to-date on immunizations . Talk with your doctor before increasing physical activity, such as going on a trip that will involve more walking. Also, work with your doctor to plan your timing for medicine, food, and activity. Talk about what to do if you find changes in your glucose readings.
Remember these healthy habits in your daily diabetes care routine