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Travelling with Diabetes

Whether you're travelling for work or going on vacation, a little planning can help you keep your blood glucose under control while you're away from home.


Plan ahead

Visit your diabetes health care professional a few weeks before you leave on vacation. Discuss your trip and how you will deal with medications, especially if you'll be travelling to a different time zone. Speak to the dietitian/nutritionist to discuss the different food customs.

Get in control

Before you leave your established home routine, make sure your blood glucose is in control. If it isn't, try to leave enough time to get it in control before you leave.

Get your prescription list from your pharmacist and a travel letter from your doctor

Part of planning for your trip includes getting a copy of your prescriptions from your pharmacist and a travel letter from your family physician, endocrinologist or diabetes educator. The letter will explain why you are carrying medication and other diabetes supplies in case foreign security staff is unfamiliar with them. The prescription will help you get more medication if you run out while you're travelling.

Find contacts abroad and get insurance

In the event you may need medical assistance while you're away, call before you leave and ask about the medical facilities at the hotel, cruise ship or resort where you'll be staying. Try to get a list of English-speaking foreign doctors from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) at www.iamat.org. If you have a medical emergency while you're travelling, you can always contact the Canadian consulate or embassy. If you are having trouble finding medical insurance, contact the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Identify yourself

Wear a medical I.D. bracelet or necklace that states that you have diabetes. At the very least, carry a diabetes wallet card. Learn how to say "I have diabetes" in the language of the country you are visiting, and learn how to ask for sugar or fruit juice. Carry extra sugar packs or glucose tabs with you at all times in case you need to treat a hypoglycemic reaction. In addition, you can print our Travel Card for People with Diabetes, fill it out and carry it with you on your trip.

Pack extras

Always pack extra medication (make sure you have it in your carry-on luggage) and all the items needed to administer them, such as syringes, extra snacks, and a fast-acting carbohydrate to treat low blood glucose. Be sure to have enough snacks with you in case your flight or in-flight meal is delayed, or in case the meal provided does not have enough carbohydrate.

Don't do the time warp

Remember that crossing time zones could affect the timing of your medications, your activity levels, your body rhythms, eating and sleeping. In order to keep things as "normal" as possible, try to follow your usual meal plan as closely as you can.

Protect your feet

Remember that proper foot care applies even when you are on vacation. Wear comfortable shoes all the time and check your feet daily for blisters, cuts, redness, swelling and scratches.

Have fun, but stay in control

You're in a new environment while travelling, so you're doing different types of activities and eating different foods. It's really important that you check your blood glucose regularly to see how these changes are affecting your levels. Record your blood glucose readings as you would at home, and pay special attention to keeping them within your target range. And don't forget extra batteries and test strips for your monitor.

Learn more about travelling with diabetes

There are plenty of great articles on-line about travel safety for people living with diabetes. The Canadian Diabetes Care Guide has published a comprehensive list of tips for travellers with diabetes. The popular Canadian magazine Best Health has distilled it down to 6 tips on travelling with diabetes.