Strategies for Traveling with the Diabetes Dragon
Travelling can be stressful for anyone. Travelling with a child with diabetes can add additional pressure: If my child has a low blood sugar, will we have access to low treatments? What if we run out of diabetes supplies? What if we run into problems at the airport? Will they let me bring juice on board the plane? What if my child gets sick while we are away and blood sugars are out of control? Tasks that you may not worry about at home, even tasks that are second nature, can seem daunting when your routine is altered and you’re in an unfamiliar place.
But check your hesitation at the door, because a good life is lived in activity, in relationship, in moments of joy and adventure. And the great news is that with a little advance planning and preparation, a trip away from home can be enjoyable and low-stress… even with the diabetes dragon tagging along. We have traveled with our T1D son many times and had a blast, with very few diabetes-related bumps.
Articles about Diabetes and Travel
In this Traveling with Diabetes section, we’ve collected all the necessary information and tips for your family’s adventures away from home:
Before You Go suggests things to consider when planning your trip.
Packing Tips for Travel with Diabetes includes a printable Packing List for D-Supplies.
Tips for Air Travel includes info on navigating airports and airport security.
During Travel shares ideas on how to manage blood glucose levels along the way.
At Your Destination offers some tips and reminders to tame the dragon once you get there.
Also, for all of your adventures away from home, near and far, check out our article on Low Kits , outlining which take-along supplies will keep the diabetes dragon in its place when you’re out and about.
I sincerely hope the information on these pages helps you focus less on the dragon and more on life… Let’s dance!