Along the Way: tips for families traveling with the diabetes dragon
Travel can be stressful for anyone; travelling with diabetes can add additional worry. But with a little advance planning and prep, you can prevent common pitfalls and have a great, stress-free time away from home. Here are a few tips to reduce diabetes-related hassles (especially BG high and lows) during travel to your destination:
Frequent BG Checks
- Do not assume that blood glucose patterns during travel will follow the same trends as they do at home. Heat, excitement, change in time zones, and change in activity levels (sitting for longer periods in a car or plane, or walking long distances through airports, for example) can all significantly affect blood glucose levels. The more often you check, the more easily you’ll be able to anticipate and avoid problems.
Prepare for Lows
- Carry a low blood glucose treatment with you at all times (candy, glucose tablets, juice, regular pop, for example).
- It’s also wise to carry snacks (such as granola bars, crackers and cookies) with you at all times to avoid low blood glucose. This is particularly important for air travel, as flights may be delayed or you may miss a meal when rushing for a flight. You don’t want to be stuck on a plane with no access to necessary snacks.
Crossing Time Zones
Tip from the Trenches
This one bit me after a long car trip – forgot to change the pump time once we got home and it made things wonky for a few days until I caught on.
~Mom of an 11-year old with diabetes
The above information was significantly modified with permission from The Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic information handouts.
The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.
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