Travel, whether for business or pleasure, can and should be fun. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t travel – but you should put time into planning to make sure your trip is safe, fun and hassle-free, whether it’s interstate or overseas.
Before you go
Keep these things in mind when making your plans:
- Talk to your doctor or credentialed diabetes educator about your travel plans
- Arrange a letter from your doctor and any scripts you might need, and have your NDSS card with you
- Arrange to have all the medication and testing devices you’ll need for your entire trip including insulin, syringes/pen needles or pump and consumables, lancets, test strips and meter
- If travelling overseas, talk to your doctor about any vaccinations you might need
- Arrange travel insurance for you and your belongings
Check out this information on travelling with diabetes for more helpful tips on how to prepare for your journey.
Once you’re travelling
While you’re on your travels, remember to:
- Eat well and think about how different foods might affect you
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
- Check your blood glucose levels regularly
- Stay hydrated
- If flying, be prepared for delays or lost baggage (just in case!)
- Think about how different time zones and climates may affect you and how you manage your diabetes – ask your doctor or diabetes educator for advice about this before you go
- If something should go wrong, don’t panic – seek medical assistance
Diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from travelling and with careful planning your trip is sure to go smoothly.