“To Travel is to live” as said by Hans Anderson. Traveling is an important part of our life. Be it work related or a holiday – traveling is fun and it lets us explore new places, surroundings, meet new people, discover different kind of food and culture.
But for diabetics a crucial question while traveling is how to manage their diabetes and enjoy the travel without any hassle.
Hang on! A little bit of homework, planning, scheduling and packing properly can help you manage your Diabetes hassle-free.
Here are some tips that can help you before and during your travel –
Before you travel:
- For longer travels that involve more than 3 or 4 days, meet your doctor and get a basic health assessment done.
- Get the basics sorted. If on Insulin, get the dosages adjusted and carry your medical supplies likewise.
- You also need a letter from the Physician and an ID card mentioning about Diabetes and so you need to carry certain medicines and equipment (like Glucometer/Insulin pens/pump)
- You should have a travel insurance ready in case of emergency healthcare.
- If traveling out of country be informed about the different time zones, set your watches accordingly. Inform the airline company about your diabetic condition and things that you need to carry.
- Locate nearest pharmacies, health clinics at your destination.
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Make a checklist of the crucial things that you need to carry in your Diabetes Kit.
- Carry extra medicines
- Glucometer, test strips and needles, batteries
- Insulin pens (if using), gel packs (to store them)
- Healthy Snacks in case of delays in meals
- Glucose tablets/powders to avoid Hypoglycemia
- Contact details of the Endocrinologist who is treating you
- Basic First aid kit
If traveling by air, you can keep the above things in hand luggage.
During the travel:
- Keep checking your sugars more frequently than regular, especially if you are in a completely different climate and time zone.
- While you travel by road or railway try carry a whole day’s meal and some snacks with you to avoid eating anything unhealthy. It can be Theplas/Parathas/Khakra/Lemony Daliya with Chutney can stay fresh for a day or two.
- Keep some snacks ready if you tend to miss the meals like Dried fruits/Nuts/Fresh Fruits/Homemade snacks.
- You can get Healthy food at the airport too. Discuss about the available options there with the help of Dietitian.
- Healthy food is not difficult to find, know about the local healthy cuisines and try them.
- Stay Hydrated especially in hot climate areas to avoid dehydration.
- Try not to miss your regular exercise routine. Stay Active.
- For keeping Insulin cool, gel packs and Insulin cases are available which keep the Insulin cool up to 40 hours.
- You can also wrap the Insulin bottles in thick cloth napkin dipped in cold water.
It is true that Diabetes makes day-to-day life a bit more challenging but do not let it come in the way of enjoying life.
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Contributed by Mayuri Joshi – Dietitian