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Diabetes Hacks for Stress-Free Travel

6 readers share their tips for traveling with diabetes

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When I travel, I store meds in old test strip bottles (above). They are sturdy and airtight and also work for used test strips or pen needles. —Arlo Dillon

I wear a medical alert wristwatch when my husband and I are on vacation because we tend to lose track of time. It has multiple alarms to remind you to take your pills, plus you can easily program it to hold your vital medical info, your doctors’ info, the contact info of a trusted friend or family member, and details on allergies and the medications you take. In the event that I’m alone and unable to speak, I have a card in my wallet that tells emergency personnel to look at my watch for more information. —Sharon Grant-Roscher

My husband and I use insulin pens to manage our type 2 diabetes. When we travel, I pack empty pill bottles to store used lancets, pen needles, and test strips. Then, at the end of the trip, I screw the caps on tightly and throw the bottles in my carry-on. When we get home, I transfer them into something that I can safely dispose of—such as an old laundry detergent bottle. —Carol Gee

Several times I have had low blood sugar and failed to bring glucose tablets or candy with me. So I purchased a small knife/tool case that attaches to my belt. Now I carry it with me daily and refill the tube with glucose tablets or Life Savers. I filed two grooves on the edge of the plastic tube to make it easier to remove the cap. —P. Preus

I keep an insulin prescription in my wallet in case an overzealous Transportation Security Administration agent questions my needles. On the plane, I let the flight attendants know I have diabetes, and I carry a card that explains what to do if my blood glucose goes high or low. —Becky Blanton

After taking three shots a day for 42 years, I found a better way to safely dispose of my used syringes. I used to save them in a sharps container and turn them in. Now, after I take my shot, I clip the needle using a BD Safe-Clip. Each one stores about 1,500 clipped needles and is quite small and easy to dispose of. I bought several so that I can keep one in my travel bag. —Bob Kovalik

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