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When you plan your travel, it is essential to organize several things well in advance to prevent an emergency due to diabetes and also ensure good blood sugar control. An organized kit and some practical ideas can be of great value in keeping the blood glucose under control and avoid an extreme drop in blood sugar levels.
If you are on treatment with Insulin (either syringes or insulin pump), it is essential to carry enough supplies with some extras. If you are on treatment with oral medicinal products these too should be carried in enough quantities.
Consult with your physician and get a detailed prescription with all doses of anti-diabetic medicinal products listed clearly along with doses of any other medicinal products (motion sickness, acidity, diarrhea, constipation, antibiotics, painkillers, etc.) that you may need during the travel period.
Carrying a blood glucose monitoring device is a must along with the required strips, cotton swabs, sanitizers, a waste container to discard used material. Do not forget to include a small first aid kit.
It is essential to check the patient information leaflet for the storage or temperature conditions particularly for insulin since its activity may be affected due to change in temperatures. Accordingly, if required by the manufacturer, you may need to carry ice-packs or cool bags to maintain the temperature of the insulin.
If you use an insulin pump, it is advisable to check with the airline regarding the security requirement and accordingly arranging for formal documents required from the treating physician.
Changes in air pressure may affect the insulin delivered by the pump; hence you may need to disconnect and connect again after take-off and landing. Consult your treating physician for specific information.
Also, weather and altitude affect the test results of glucose monitoring devices, please read the device manually or contact your pharmacist/ manufacturer to clear your doubts and confirm the requirements.
Since the dietary content may vary significantly, during initial stay duration, it is advisable to monitor blood glucose frequently.