When you have diabetes, especially diabetes type I, bringing diabetes kit everywhere is important. However, if you often travel to distant places, knowing what kits you need to store and carry is important for your health. Also, just in case your symptoms hit at unexpected times, you must always be prepared with proper diabetes kit to carry in your travel bag. Unfortunately, people often become underprepared or over-prepared; carrying too little or too much for their trips. Avoid these problems by knowing what to prepare in your diabetes kit pack.
Must-Have Diabetes Kit for Traveling
Prepare your next trip carefully by having this must-have diabetes kit for traveling, which consists of these objects:
Battery-powered glucose meter.
This is an important tool you will need to check your blood sugar. You must know when you need to take your insulin or eat, in order to keep blood sugar level in check.
Spare batteries and insulin pump.
If you often spend a long time to travel, make sure to carry extra batteries with you and your glucose meter all the time. If you use insulin pump, this tool will tell you if the glucose meter is about to run out of the battery power.
Lancet supplies and lancing device.
Lancing device uses small lances to prick the skin to test the blood sugar level. Since using lancets repeatedly is not hygienic and risky, make sure you always carry spare lancets if you need to test yourself frequently.
Another test supplies, test strips are less intrusive than lancets, and you need to carry some if you want to make sure that your testing result is accurate. Test strips use your saliva to check the level of your blood sugar.
Insulin and insulated bag.
Insulin supplies are the most important things to carry when you are traveling with diabetes type I. However, if you plan to travel to hot area, of if you want to protect the supplies, you may want to consider an insulated bag to store them. The insulated bag should be cooled with cold packs inside.
If you deliver the insulin shot with syringes, make sure to count how many days you will spend traveling, and then enough syringes for each day in that period, preferably more. Just like lancets, syringes must be sterile and can only be used once after every injection.
Glucose tablets or gels.
These products are taken when you experience low blood sugar level symptoms and need quick-working glucose products. There are many glucose gels, tablets, or other similar products available at drugstores. In emergency situation, you may want to carry sugar cubes. Keep these products in insulated pack or Ziploc bag that you keep from getting exposed to heat and light.
Medical ID and Health History.
If you have certain ID and health history documents to prove your condition, carry them (and some copies). They may be needed if you, for example, require medical attention in foreign country.
Bringing complete diabetes kit during a long journey is important to stay healthy even during emergency.