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Prevent high blood sugar during long flights with this! Part 2

Nov 21, 2023

Learn about packing your own food, TSA regulations, staying hydrated, and using continuous glucose monitoring to enhance your diabetes management while traveling.

Long flights can be challenging for individuals managing their blood sugar, especially considering factors like extended sitting, high elevation, and the uncertainty of in-flight meals. In this blog, we'll explore effective strategies for maintaining blood sugar levels during air travel. If you missed "Part One" of this series, you can [click here](insert link) to catch up on more valuable tips.

1. Bring Your Own Food

One of the most reliable ways to control your blood sugar during a long flight is to pack your own meals and snacks. While it's true that there's a limited window of time for food safety without refrigeration, this approach offers significant advantages.


By bringing your own food, you have complete control over your meal choices, making it easier to calculate insulin doses accurately. This beats the uncertainty of airport food options, which can be both overpriced and, let's face it, less than appealing in taste.

2. TSA Regulations and Food

An exciting revelation for travelers is that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) permits you to carry food through airport security.


This means you can plan your in-flight meals in advance, ensuring that you have diabetes-friendly options readily available. It's a game-changer that empowers you to take charge of your nutrition during the journey.

3. Stay Hydrated

In addition to food, remember to stay well-hydrated throughout the flight. 


Dehydration can impact blood sugar levels, so make water your travel companion. Bringing an empty reusable water bottle to fill after security can help you maintain proper hydration.

4. Continuous Glucose Monitoring

If you have access to a continuous glucose monitoring system, it can be a valuable tool for monitoring your blood sugar trends during the flight. This technology enables you to make real-time adjustments to your insulin doses based on your body's response.



Long flights can pose unique challenges for managing blood sugar, but with the right strategies, you can enjoy a smoother journey. Bringing your own food, knowing TSA regulations, staying hydrated, and utilizing continuous glucose monitoring are key steps to help maintain stable blood sugar levels while in the air.


Remember, diabetes management is personal. Consult your care team to customize these tips. Safe travels! If you don't have a care team or need a new one, booking a second opinion might provide fresh insights and cool perspectives to enhance your care. If you'd like to revisit 'Part One,' watch the video [here](insert link).


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