20 Things a Diabetic Needs to Do Before and During Travel

10. Consider Getting a Sensor

Sensors are still relatively new on the market, but they are awesome. You can wear one on your arm or belly and it will monitor your blood sugar (with a certain amount of inaccuracy) constantly. If you spike high or start dropping low, it will send an alert to your insulin pump or your phone. Talk to your doctor to find out if this might be a good safeguard during your trip.

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11. Monitor Sugars Closely During Travel

Travel always makes my sugars almost unpredictable, between the stress of getting through security and the inevitable unexpected exercise when you have to run to a gate. Check your sugars often, especially if you aren’t a regular traveler.

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12. Always, Always, ALWAYS Carry a Snack

Travel is nothing if not flexible, which means your regular meals could be thrown off, you might be exercising more than normal, or the general excitement might send your sugars spiraling. Sometimes you just plain won’t have access to food. Carry sugar tablets and/or snacks on your person at all times. (I can’t tell you how often my sister or I have almost had a disaster halfway through a hike to an Italian village or at the entrance to a castle. Speaking of…)

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