Planning ahead when you travel reduces stress. This is particularly important for a diabetic person. These 5 diabetes travel tips are simple to implement and crucial to diabetes management. They are particularly important if you are traveling abroad.
1) Have a pre-travel check-up. Make sure your HbA1C levels, blood glucose levels, your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels are within normal range. Get the appropriate shots for any country you plan to visit.
2) Wear a Diabetes Medical ID. Ideally it should be in the language spoken in the country you're visiting. Not everyone speaks your language and you don't want medical problems through misunderstandings.
3) Keep your medication, blood glucose monitor and glucose snacks in your hand-luggage. Check-in baggage does, unfortunately, go astray. Don't risk your diabetes medication by packing it in your main luggage. Make sure you always have your Blood Glucose Monitor in your hand baggage to continuously monitor your blood glucose levels during the journey. Do carry some extra strips to last your whole trip as your particular brand might not be available in all countries. Also, keep some snacks, candy or instant glucose source to manage any lows in your blood sugar
4) Keep your medication in its original box, complete with pharmacy labels. It will prevent misunderstandings about why you are carrying drugs and, if you are on insulin syringes.
5) Be aware of time zone changes, especially when altering your watch. Remember when you travel east, your day becomes shorter; if you travel west your day becomes longer. You may need to alter the timings of your medication.
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