Safe Travels with Diabetes

  • April 08, 2018
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Whether it’s spring break or a relative’s graduation, getting out of your daily routine is part of the fun of traveling for vacation. But it’s important to keep your self-care routine in mind when you travel – especially if you have diabetes. Make sure you check with your clinic to see if you need any vaccines or additional medications to ensure a healthy trip.

TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY WITH EASE

Due to airport security and strict rules for carry-on bags, people with diabetes need to plan ahead

  • Pack your diabetes medicine and supplies in your carryon bag – they are all allowed on the plane.
  • Label and separate your diabetes equipment, supplies and medicine from your other items for easy viewing.
  • If you are wearing an insulin pump and don’t want to go through the metal detector, tell a security officer that you are wearing a pump and ask for a visual search and a security pat-down.
  • Ask your doctor for a note saying you have diabetes that can be shown at the security area.

USE THESE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR TRIP SMOOTH AND STRESS-FREE

  • Bring more medicine and supplies than you normally need in case there are delays in getting home.
  • Take copies of prescriptions with you.
  • Bring your health insurance card and emergency phones numbers, including your doctor’s name and phone number.
  • Wear a medical ID that says you have diabetes.
  • Find out where to get medical care if needed when away from home.

Most importantly, have fun!

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Our Diabetes Management Program

Quartz offers a Diabetes Management Program designed to help eligible members manage their diabetes. Visit QuartzBenefits.com/diabetes to learn more.


Source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Travelers with Chronic Illnesses”, (accessed Jan. 12, 2018), available at cdc.gov/travel;

David Spero, BSN, RN (May 10, 2017), “Traveling With Diabetes”, (accessed Jan. 12, 2018), available at diabetesselfmanagement.com.

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