Whether you’re on a business trip or vacation, it’s important to maintain your diabetes care routine. When traveling, it’s easy to forget about diabetes, especially when you’re focused on having fun. It’s important to understand that sticking to your plan and having fun are not mutually exclusive. Check out the helpful travel tips below.
Stick to Your Weight Loss Plan
It’s imperative that you stay on track with your diabetic weight loss plan while traveling. Although it might seem difficult, through proper planning you can make it happen. Since there will be a lot of food options that don’t align with your diet or weight loss plan, researching what’s available at your destination in advance can make life a lot easier. You can even go online and look at menus for different restaurants in the area.
While planning is certainly beneficial, making the decision to stay on track is imperative. When you are intentional about sticking with your weight loss plan, you’re more likely to avoid temptation. Keep in mind that you can always ask for low carb and low sugar options when eating out at restaurants. You can also pack healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, vegetables and cheese sticks.
Coordinate Insulin Storage
It’s important to keep insulin that’s already open at room temperature, which means you’ll need to make certain accommodations if you’re traveling in a vehicle that’s hot. If you’re flying, it can help to have a note from a medical professional explaining the need for you to have insulin supplies available. Since unopened insulin must be maintained at a colder temperature, you’ll need to make accommodations accordingly. This might include the use of an ice pack and cooler.
It’s best to have one bag that’s easily accessible where you store your insulin, insulin pump, infusion sets, extra batteries, reservoirs, inserters and any other equipment that you might need for testing.
Move Around Periodically
If you’re driving or flying a long distance and you have diabetes, there is an increased risk of blood clots because you’re sitting for extended periods of time. To keep this from happening, it’s important to get up and move around periodically, which is actually a reason why you should choose an aisle seat. You want to make sure there is no hesitation when you need to get up.
Consider Travel Insurance
Regardless of why you’re traveling, it can be a wise decision to get travel insurance because you never know what might happen. Your primary goal is to stay healthy during your travels, but there is a greater chance that a health event will occur. The very purpose of travel insurance is to cover you if there’s an unforeseen incident and having diabetes increases the chances of that happening. For instance, travel insurance will help if you’re unable to make a flight because of a medical emergency.
Wear a Medical Identification Device
One of the easiest, yet most important things you can do is wear a medical identification device while traveling so that healthcare professionals are immediately made aware that you have diabetes if something happens.
Traveling when you have diabetes doesn’t have to be a problem. It’s just a matter of taking a few extra steps to ensure you have all of your ducks in a row. Planning is also a great way to remain stress-free during your time away.