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Traveling with Insulin and Diabetes, Diabetes Travel Tips and Advice

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

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