Traveling Make Sure To Wear Your Diabetic Bracelets
|March 11, 2011||Posted by Admin under Diabetic Bracelets|
Got your diabetic bracelets and medical id on your checklist for packing? We love taking road trips. Seeing new sites and getting away from the daily grind are always a welcome relief. However, with a diabetic in the family, traveling always brings it’s own share of challenges.
The simple diabetic facts and awareness to some important items can be the difference between your enjoyment on vacation or a lousy trip. You must consider what outside visual and mental simulations will be present along with how you take care of your inside health too.
1) How do we keep the insulin cooled? Depending on how long your trip is and where you’re going, this can be a significant issue. For longer trips, we always use a small ice cooler specifically for the insulin. We try to plan ahead for where we’ll be able to get it back in the fridge or get more ice. Sometimes we leave ourselves a note on the car steering wheel to remember to get the insulin out of the fridge when it’s time to head home.
2) What do you take for emergency carbs? We try to keep some juice boxes always in the car—not just for road trips. If we’re doing a lot of hiking or walking around outside of the car. We like granola bars which can be stuffed in pockets and provide both quick carbs and a little fiber and protein to last.
3) How do you remember all your diabetes supplies? There are so many different supplies for diabetes. Especially for those on insulin pumps and/or continuous glucose monitors. If our trip is more than just a one day trip, we find that we have to make a list. We think through the whole routine and then gather all the supplies into one bag/carrying case. If we ever just try to wing it, we inevitably forget something. And if you’ve ever tried to get diabetes supplies in a remote town or when you’re far from home, you know what a pain that is.
4) The tester, the tester, the tester. Whatever you do, don’t forget the glucose meter. And make sure you bring extra test strips. No matter if you’re sure you have enough, grab another canister of test strips. You just can’t be TOO prepared.
5) Finally, it is often helpful to make sure you have a diabetes ID bracelet or medical alert necklace. Whether it’s entering a stadium or a theme park, the last thing you need is someone in security getting all worked up about a needle or a glucose meter. Often, the diabetes bracelet or necklace is all they need to see. Have fun and remember, always always double check you have all of your diabetes supplies and fashion accessories such as diabetic bracelets and other medical jewelry on hand for your trip.
Don’t have any medical jewelry?