20 Things a Diabetic Needs to Do Before and During Travel

13. In an Emergency, Look for a Mom

Moms have snacks. I found this out firsthand when I was about to board a flight (traveling solo internationally about a month after diagnosis) and I gave myself the wrong type of shot. Rookie error mixing up my meal shot with my day shot, which meant I suddenly had three times more insulin in my body than I’d ever given myself.

Within five minutes, the confusion set in. By ten minutes, I was losing my ability to think or find help. I turned to a mom who was sitting beside me, explained the situation, and told her I couldn’t think so I needed to verbally talk through what I needed to do next.

She pulled out a bag of cookies and a bushel of bananas and made me eat everything I could while we waited to board. Once I was on the plane, the flight attendants were able to sneak me juice until I was out of the danger zone.

Case in point: Moms rock.

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Andy Dean Photography / Shutterstock.com

14. Communicate With Your Emergency Contact at Home

Pick someone back home to be your check-in person, especially if you’re flying solo. When the incident in the last point happened, I contacted my Type 1 sister so that someone in my family knew what was going on (but knowing she would worry less than my mom). It’s good to have someone in on the news in case there’s an emergency.

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15. Bring Anti-Nausea Aids

In addition to being generally unpleasant, throwing up can mess with your insulin levels in potentially dangerous ways. If you don’t fancy being hospitalized in a strange place and you know you’ll be traveling by boat or ferry (or very twisty roads), bring anti-nausea aids along for the journey.

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Beth Swanson / Shutterstock.com



Styles of Wrestling from Around the World

Most of us are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This brand rose in popularity within the 1980s, thanks to the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who placed wrestling on the pop culture map. As time wore on, the WWE has built a mass marketing and entertainment empire through their larger-than-life personalities, including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. Still, why some out there can state the WWE does profile some wrestling, it is a far cry from the true techniques that are involved in the sport itself.

Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.