Packing Tips for families traveling with the diabetes dragon
So you’ve done all your pre-travel preparation. Now thoughts turn to, “What do we need to BRING?!” Here are some packing tips, plus a suggested packing list of diabetes supplies (for injections, and for insulin pumps) to bring with you when you travel with the T1D dragon.
Travel can be stressful for anyone; travelling with a child 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.
General Packing Tips
What to Pack:
In addition to the usual non-diabetes-related travel items, the following may serve as a starting point for identifying which diabetes supplies you may want to bring.
*Quantity to bring of each item
= (# typically used in a day) x (# of days away) x 2
Tip from the Trenches
It's wise to bring double the supplies that you would normally need, to make sure that you don’t run out of diabetes supplies away from home. It can be very difficult to get more supplies away from home, and may even be impossible if you are traveling outside of North America.
So, for example, if you use about 10 test strips each day at home, and you are travelling for 14 days, you would normally use 140 test strips during those two weeks at home. But away from home you may be testing more often, may be exposed more to heat that could ruin the strips, or may not have a way to get more if a full bottle of strips gets accidentally dumped into the lake. To cover the unexpected, it wouldn't hurt to bring twice the amount you would use at home, 280 test strips in this case.
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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