20 Things a Diabetic Needs to Do Before and During Travel

After living ten years in a household of Type 1 diabetics before becoming one myself, I’ve had plenty of experience watching my mom run down a German mountain in search of chocolate. Trust me, there are much safer (and less stressful) ways to avoid disaster during your trip!

After visiting over eleven countries with insulin in tow, here are some tricks I’ve learned along the way.

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    1. Check Your Stock

    Long before it’s time to go, start keeping an eye on your back-up supplies. Write down how long your trip will be and estimate how much you’ll have to take along.

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    2. Order Refills

    If you’re running low on anything, now is the time to place a refill. Leave plenty of time for this. You don’t want to be rushing from Target to Target while you’re on the way to the airport. (Don’t ask me how I know.)

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    3. Tell Your Physician

    Before you go, let your physician know. Though it’s relatively safe to travel with diabetes (you won’t be given a list of countries to avoid, at any rate), your physician will still want to know about your plans… if only so they can envy your luxurious life.

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