Whether you’re traveling for 2 days or 2 weeks, your packing goal is probably the same: to pack and travel as lightly as possible. Skyrocketing baggage fees—not to mention the hassle of toting around extra luggage—can make you more inclined to leave unnecessary items behind whenever possible. However, for people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, a host of essential health-related travel items can make the goal of traveling lightly seem impossible.
This article offers a list of common “must-haves” for the management of diabetes during your vacation. Be sure to consult with your healthcare professional to discuss any essential additions or subtractions that can keep you healthy—while lightening your load.
If you are flying, it is important to pack your medications in your carry-on bag so that you have easy access to them, and so that there is no threat of them getting lost in checked luggage. While you’re in the air, make sure to store your bag under the seat in front of you (instead of in the overhead compartment) so that you can reach them at any point during the flight.
In addition to snacks, glucose tablets may be a convenient and quick way to stabilize your glucose levels between meals.
Dedicate time to packing up your essential diabetes travel bag well advance of your trip. This can help you make sure that you have all of the items you need to keep you safe and healthy, no matter how long or far you travel.