Traveling Safely with Diabetes
Summer is the time of year most people take their vacations with the kids out of school it is the perfect time. Just because you have, diabetes does not mean you cannot take a cruise or go camping or even jet set across the country for a long awaited trip. However, you do have to do more planning for the trip whether the diabetic is an adult or a child being prepared for an emergency is the top priority while traveling.
Travel Safety Tips for Adults and Kids
First, you need to know that hot weather does not agree with diabetics. So if you are going to a warmer climate than you are use to educate your self about how keep cool and keep your insulin and equipment working properly as the heat not only effects you but your medications and supplies as well.
A visit to you doctor is must the American Diabetes Association suggest you go a few weeks before your vacation and have a complete exam. You will also need a letter from your doctor that includes the following medications and dosages, allergies, normal blood sugar levels when your diabetes is under control and the equipment you use including syringe size. In addition, prescriptions for any and all diabetic medications just incase you lose your medication or it becomes damaged. Remember your insulin needs to be kept at a certain temperature for it to be effective.
Make sure you have and are wearing your medical alert necklace or bracelet. Bring double the medication and equipment you would normal use and be sure to bring your snacks. Try to relax and have a great vacation!