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Tips for Traveling when You Have Diabetes

Posted on 19 July 2019 by (0)

Similar to other lifestyle diseases, diabetes has a number of unpleasant symptoms that can ruin the experience of a traveler. However, having diabetes should not stop you from taking that long anticipated trip. With a proper diabetes management plan, comprehensive travel plan and a little effort, you can still create lasting memories around the world. The following guidelines can help you get the most of every trip when you have diabetes.

Pre-Travel Preparations

Before you leave for the trip, there are some basics that need to be taken care of for convenience and safety. Foremost, make a trip to the doctor to discuss your plans of traveling. After a proper assessment, the doctor will tell you if you are fit for travel or not. Your health provider will also provide any necessary medications and health advice including where to get help in case of medical emergency and options for health or travel insurance.

To keep the diabetes under control, remember to also pack all your medications with extras. Your carry-on bag should be stuffed with the frequently used prescriptions, healthy snacks and water. The same goes for diabetes management equipment like your blood sugar monitor and insulin pump. It is also recommended to check with your airline if they have any special requirements for diabetic passengers.

Guidelines to Observe when on the Road

Once you are on the flight, car, train or cruise ship, try to focus on the positives of the trip and take good care of yourself. Eat healthy snacks and drink plenty of water on the road to keep you energized and hydrated. It can be hard to stick to your diet and eating routine when traveling but, at least try not to delay meals so much. Eat healthy and keep your medication routine. In case you are on a long flight, short walks and stretches across the airport during stops can help with improving blood circulation and relaxation.

Having diabetes does not mean you cannot explore the world. With the above tips, proper advance planning and an open mind, you will be able to experience the most fulfilling adventures around the world.