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Diabetes and Travel: Preparedness is the Best Companion!

Sep 01, 2023

Traveling is an exhilarating experience that opens our minds to new cultures, sights, and tastes.

But for those of us living with diabetes, embarking on an international trip requires an extra level of preparation. In this blog post, we will explore four essential items you bring on every international adventure, ensuring that diabetes doesn't put a damper on your wanderlust. So sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of diabetes travel preparedness!


Double the Pump Supplies

Picture this: you're strolling through the streets of a foreign city, immersing yourself in its beauty, when suddenly, your pump site decides to have a meltdown. Oh no! The last thing you want is to run out of pump sites and be left high and dry. 

That's why it’s best to always always bring at least double the amount of pump supplies you think you’ll need. Because, let's face it, malfunctions happen, and they have a knack for occurring at the most inconvenient times. By being adequately prepared, you can face any malfunction with a wink and a smile, knowing you've got it covered.


Backup Insulin 

Now, imagine your insulin pump throwing in the towel altogether. It's not an ideal scenario, but life is full of surprises. To ensure that you can still enjoy my trip without any blood sugar drama, you should pack both short-acting and long-acting insulin. This dynamic duo provides you with the peace of mind that diabetes won't stand in the way of savoring new experiences and indulging in local delicacies. So, whether your pump decides to take a vacation of its own or not, you’re always ready to tackle any diabetes curveballs that come my way. Disclaimer: ask your care team what to do to BEFORE you leave to make sure that you can seamlessly transition to injections, should you need to do so. 


Protein to the Rescue

While exploring new destinations, it's common to encounter meals that don't quite match up to the protein content your body is used to. This is where your trusty high-protein snacks swoop in to save the day. You can carry an assortment of snacks like turkey sticks, protein bars, and other delicious options. These power-packed treats ensure that your blood sugars remain stable even if the local cuisine falls short on the protein front.

 After all, no one wants to miss out on exciting adventures due to fluctuating glucose levels. Protein becomes my travel companion, stabilizing my sugars and ensuring you’re always ready to embrace the next adventure.


Extra Transmitter, Extra Peace of Mind

Ah, the wonders of modern technology! Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) have revolutionized diabetes management, and you wouldn't embark on a trip without your trusty Dexcom sensor. But, as we all know, technology isn't always foolproof. So, to avoid any unpleasant surprises, pack an extra transmitter. If your current one decides to bid farewell unexpectedly, you’ll be ready to swap it out seamlessly, ensuring that your sensor keeps doing its job and making your diabetes management a breeze.

Plus, with all the activities and sweat involved in travel, having a backup plan to keep your sensor securely in place is essential. It's a win-win situation!

Living with diabetes shouldn't hinder your dreams of exploring the world. By adopting a proactive approach and packing these essential items, you'll be armed with the tools to conquer any diabetes-related challenges during your international escapades. 

Remember, preparedness is the best companion on your journey.

We hope you found these tips helpful, and if you're hungry for more diabetes-related insights and travel tales, stay tuned for part two. Don't forget to follow for future diabetes adventures!

Bon voyage, fellow wanderers!


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