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Diabetes And You Away From Home

Written and created by Aetna InteliHealth, with medical review by Aetna pediatrician Richard Rosen, M.D.

You know how to manage your diabetes at home and at school. But sometimes it's fun to get away – for a sleepover, camp or family vacation. Just be sure to take everything you need. And carry your supplies with you – not in your checked baggage.

Supplies – You'll need your glucose meter, insulin, syringes, test strips and other supplies. Always take more than you think you'll need, just in case. Keep your insulin in a cold pack. Bring a hard plastic or metal box for your used syringes and lancets. Throw them away when you get home.

Snacks – Bring enough for each day and plenty of extras. You'll need them if you get low blood sugar or have to miss a meal. Water bottles are good for longer trips.

Emergency stuff – Of course, you'll be wearing your diabetes ID bracelet, necklace or any other form of identification you are used to. Take plenty of glucose tablets or another sugar source for possible hypoglycemia. A Glucagon kit is good for multi-day trips. Also, carry phone numbers for your parents and your doctor.

Now that you're well prepared, relax and have fun!

Last updated January 25, 2010




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