Diabetes Care During Summer Travel

Make sure you know how to properly manage your diabetes this summer and when traveling.

Summer might mean sun, warmer weather and a chance to travel–but you can't take a vacation from your diabetes. When planning and packing for travel this summer, make sure you keep your diabetes management in mind! Here are some summer travel tips for diabetics:

Pack Extras
In case of an emergency, always pack extra medical supplies, from medication to insulin, glucose test strips and syringes. If a flight is delayed or there is a weather or other emergency, you don't want to be left without the supplies you need.

Wear the Right Shoes
With diabetes you are more prone to foot problems due to nerve damage. Take care of your feet on vacation by wearing well-fitting shoes and avoid going barefoot.

Learn About Your Destination
Get to know the places you will be traveling. Locate the nearest medical facilities so you will know where to go for an emergency.

Bring Food
You never know if you'll be somewhere without access to food and drink, so always pack your own for these situations. If you have a long flight ahead, check with the steward or stewardess to see when a meal will be served so you can plan your insulin injection accordingly.

Mind the Time
Traveling across time zones? Keep this in mind when planning your medications or injections.

For more information on diabetes care when you are away from home, visit our Health Library online. To find out more about our services here at Oak Hill Hospital, visit us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120.

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