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Considerations for Travelers with Diabetes

Have all prescription items in original pharmacy packaging including syringes or lancets.

Be prepared to answer questions about your insulin pump, if you use one, and be ready to demonstrate how it works.

Call your airline at least one day in advance to learn of their policy toward diabetes medication.

Always carry your medical supplies in your carry-on luggage with a back-up set in your checked luggage.

Always carry medical I.D. verifying you have diabetes and an emergency phone numbers list with names of all diabetes care team members.

Keep plenty of nutritious snacks and beverages handy for long terminal waits and flights.

Be prepared to provide and carry on your own in-flight meal.

During long terminal delays, walk around the airport.

Talk to your diabetes care team about how to adjust your medication when changing time zones.

Anticipating delays and preparing for them adequately will help you have a better travel experience.

last update: April 2009

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