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Traveling with Insulin and Diabetes

 

Tips for Traveling with Insulin and Diabetes

  • Take a special insulated bag to carry your insulin to keep it from freezing or getting too hot.
  • Bring extra supplies for taking insulin and testing your blood glucose in case of loss or breakage
  • Ask your doctor for a letter saying that you have diabetes and need to carry supplies for taking insulin and testing blood glucose.
  • Always travel with snacks like fruit, crackers, juice, or soda in case blood glucose drops too low.
  • Carry diabetes medicines and blood testing supplies with you. Never put them in checked luggage.
  • Ask your health care team how to adjust your medicines, especially your insulin, if you're traveling across time zones.
  • If you're going to be away for a long time, ask your doctor for a written prescription for your diabetes medicine and the name of a doctor in the place you're going to visit.
  • Don't count on buying extra supplies when you're traveling, especially if you're going to another country. Different countries use different kinds of diabetes medicines.

Learn More About Managing Children's Diabetes

Contact Phoenix Children's Hospital to learn more travel tips for children with diabetes: 602-933-0935.

 

FOR EXISTING PHOENIX CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ENDOCRINOLOGY AND DIABETES PATIENTS:

If you need a prescription refill, please contact your pharmacy and have them fax or electronically communicate with us. This is the best way to ensure prescription refill accuracy. If this is unsuccessful, please email us as noted above; call if immediate assistance is needed. 

If you have a clinical question, please see the documents you received at your last clinic visit with us for contact and other information, or try the phone or email address above. Of note, we cannot answer any clinical questions for patients who are not a part of our practice already.

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