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Up Up and Away! Preparing for Summer Holidays with Diabetes

Here we go! Summer vacation time is just around the corner. It is finally a time for relaxation and adventure. If you are a PWD, traveling with diabetes requires careful planning and preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Whether you're embarking on a short domestic trip or a long international adventure, here are some essential tips and items to take with you to manage your diabetes effectively while on the go.

Before You Go

  • Doctor's Visit: Schedule a check-up with your healthcare provider to discuss your travel plans and get any necessary vaccinations.
  • Prescription: Obtain a letter from your doctor explaining your condition and the need for your medications and supplies.
  • Travel Insurance: Ensure your travel insurance covers diabetes-related emergencies.
  • Research Your Destination: Understand the availability of medical facilities and pharmacies at your destination. This is especially important if you're traveling internationally or to remote areas.

Pack Smart

  • Medication: Pack extra medication, including insulin and oral medications. Keep them in their original containers. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for storage and make sure you store your insulin pens in the correct temperature at all times with the VIVI Cap.  
  • Supplies: Bring more than enough blood glucose testing supplies, including strips, lancets, and a glucose meter.
  • Snacks: Carry quick-acting sugar sources like glucose tablets or juice boxes for emergencies, and pack healthy snacks.
  • Medical ID: Wear a medical ID bracelet or carry a card that states you have diabetes. This information can be lifesaving in an emergency

At the Airport

  • Security Screening: Inform TSA agents that you have diabetes and are carrying medical supplies. Medications and supplies are allowed through security, but it's best to have a doctor's letter and prescriptions handy. Your VIVI Cap insulin temperature shield is TSA approved and will help get you and your insulin through security quickly. 
  • Keep Supplies Accessible: Always carry your diabetes supplies in your carry-on bag. Checked luggage can be lost or delayed.
  • Move Around: If you’re on a long flight or car ride, move around every hour to keep your blood circulation flowing.

During the Trip

  • Monitor Blood Sugar Frequently: Changes in routine, diet, and activity levels can affect your blood sugar. Check your levels more frequently to stay on top of any fluctuations.
  • Plan Meals: Research and plan your meals in advance to ensure you have access to healthy options.
  • Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can affect blood sugar levels, so drink plenty of water, especially if you're in a hot climate or doing a lot of walking.
  • Maintain Your Routine: Try to stick to your usual eating schedule and monitor how new foods affect your blood sugar. If you're in a different time zone, adjust your medication schedule accordingly, with advice from your healthcare provider.
  • Sun Protection: Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing to avoid sunburn, which can affect blood sugar levels.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Know the emergency numbers and locations of nearby hospitals at your destination. Keep a list of your medications, dosages, and emergency contacts in your travel bag.

With careful planning and preparation, traveling with diabetes can be a smooth and enjoyable experience. By consulting with your healthcare provider, packing essential supplies, and staying vigilant about your health, you can focus on enjoying yourself while managing your diabetes and having a fantastic summer holiday. Safe travels!

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