How to Manage Diabetes while Traveling and on Airplane


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People who are suffering from diabetes should know how to manage diabetes while traveling. If you plan properly, then managing diabetes will not be a problem when you are traveling.

  • Take enough diabetes medicines so that you don’t fall short of medication.
  • Keep insulin in an insulated bag with refrigerated gel packs so that they remain cool.
  • Take ketone testing strips, a glucagon kit and if you suffer from hypoglycemia then glucose tablets will be useful for you.
  • Most of the supply should be kept in the carry-on luggage and some supplies should be kept in checked luggage, in case the carry-on luggage is lost.
  • You should take two glucose meters and keep them in two different bags.
  • Carry the travel letter given by your doctor which contains the explanation about your medical condition and all the medications which you are taking.
  • You should wear your MedicAlert bracelet.
  • Take a spare prescription of all your medications in case your supplies are lost or you have to stay longer.
  • Always carry a card with you which explains that you suffer from diabetes written in a local language of the place you are visiting.
  • Keep the list of emergency phone numbers such as your doctor’s number, the American embassy, any hospital near to your hotel etc.


Managing Diabetes on the Airplane

  • Take food items and fast-acting carbohydrates if food is not available on your flight.
  • If meals are delayed, then it is a good idea to have two or three snacks or any other food with you.
  • You should inject your insulin dose after the arrival of meal.
  • Don’t inject air into the vial before drawing up your insulin in the syringe. This is so because the air pressure in the plane is different from that of air pressure on the ground.
  • You should check your blood glucose levels frequently.
  • You may require extra insulin since you are inactive in the plane.
  • If you fear of hypoglycemia, then tell the fight attendants about your medical condition so that they take care of you in case of an emergency.
  • You should drink plenty of fluids in the plane.
  • You should wear loose fitting shoes as there can be swelling in your feet.
  • Whenever possible, take a walk around the plane.
  • To avoid blood clotting, do some exercises particularly leg stretching exercises.


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