Diabetes Hacks for Summer Travel
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To keep your insulin cool at the beach or a baseball game, use a protective pouch such as those by Frio or MEDport, or use a small gel ice pack in an insulated lunch bag. To stay organized, use a medium-size makeup bag for blood glucose–checking supplies and a different one for fast-acting sources of carbs, such as glucose tablets and juice boxes.
—Susan Weiner, CDE, MS, RDN, CDN
When I play golf, I take along a small collapsible cooler and fill it with quart-size ziplock bags of ice, snacks to give me a quick pick-me-up if my blood glucose starts to go down, and two kid-size juice packs—one chilled and one frozen.
When I backpacked through India many years ago, I stored all my insulin in empty thermos bottles. Whenever I got the chance, I would store them in a fridge and close them up again before taking off.
I’m a swim instructor, so I use a plastic container that snaps closed to keep my CGM [continuous glucose monitor] receiver and meter watertight. And I make sure I slip it out of the sun while at the pool. That means placing it under the pool chair—not on the chair.
When I kayak, I put all my supplies in an Xtreme waterproof case. It holds plenty of syringes and insulin, and it stays well secured in my gear. It also floats!
A small bag with a belt clip or a fanny bag is great for carrying my glucose meter and pills. When I’m riding my bicycle, a small bicycle tool bag is wonderful because it straps onto the crossbar.
—Julio Sergio Diaz
Before storing unopened insulin inside a hotel mini fridge, make sure to check that the temperature is not set to “coldest.” I learned the hard way, when a vial froze when I was away from home.
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