Four Diabetics and Kate: Traveling with Diabetes
Hello all! I know you're all probably curious about the title of my first blog. But currently I am writing from LaGuardia airport, en route to Disney World--with two other diabetics. And of course my lifelong friend and brave soul Kate. And you are we going to visit? Another friend with diabetes.
I'm sure by now you can tell that I have numerous friends with diabetes. But I'll get into that and my whole life story in the next blog, when I'm not waiting for my delayed plane to arrive.
Travel isn't necessarily something you would think would be affected by diabetes, at least not off the top of your head. But seeing as this morning I've gotten frisked and scanned because of my pump and medical supplies, it is definitely something that plays a factor. Being prepared for these things and packing extra syringes and insulin along with your extra underwear is important. Here are some tips I've learned about traveling with diabetes:
- Be prepared: You can never have too many supplies when traveling with diabetes. Whatever amount of supplies you will need for your time away, double it. It's always better to be safe than sorry, especially if you're going overseas. And accidentally rip your pump site out as often as I do.
- Have a letter: Having a letter from your doctor explaining your need for needles and juice boxes on the plane, and the fact that your pump is not a bomb, is a good idea. Just ask your endo for a letter for the airport, they'll know what to write.
- Split your supplies: Having the airport lose your luggage can be a very frustrating situation. However if your luggage has what you need to survive in it, the situation gets a bit more problematic. This is why I always put half of my supplies in my carry on or personal item. That way, God forbid your luggage gets lost you can get by wherever you are. Even if you don't have your favorite bathing suit.
- Give yourself extra time: Coming from the girl who just had to spend ten extra minutes getting frisked and scanned this morning, it is definitely a good idea to show up the recommended two hours before your flight departs. You don't want your unexpected rendezvous with security to cause you to miss your flight.
And now, as the captain has turned on the power down cell phones sign, I must go. You most likely won't hear from me until the end of the week, when I return. Wish us (especially Kate) luck!!