Time to get away — as far as possible from the hum drum? Here are some tips on travelling with diabetes from Dr. Andrew Farqhar, a family physician in Kelowna, B.C.
- Before travelling, book an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your itinerary, so you can plan meals and taking medication.
- Pack two or three times more medication than you think you will need. Pack diabetes supplies in more than one bag in case some of it gets lost.
- Always carry snacks with you, in case you’re unable to eat your next scheduled meal on time. Cheese and crackers, fresh or dried fruit, granola bars and sandwiches are all healthy choices that are easy to bring along in a carry-on bag, picnic basket or cooler, says Farqhar.
- Try the new OneTouch test strips which test each blood sample twice to confirm results.
- Take with you moist towelettes to wipe your fingers prior to testing, a daily record of injections, medications and test results, the instruction manual for your meter as well as extra batteries and test strips.
- Always ensure someone knows where you are so you can be found in case of an emergency.