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Traveling With Diabetes

Whether your vacation plans involve staying close to home or crossing the globe, put as much thought into protecting your health while traveling as choosing your destination. From planning ahead to packing your bag, let’s talk about how to use your passport instead of your pancreas.

Plan Ahead

A little planning goes a long way in making your travel more streamlined. Always wear a visible form of diabetes identification (medical alert bracelet, etc.) when you’re traveling, and make sure your identification is in the language of the countries you’ll be visiting. Have a letter from your doctor on hand explaining your diabetes medicines, supplies, and allergies. Learn to adjust your diabetes medicine if you’ll be traveling across time zones.

For longer trips, be sure to see your medical team for a check-up four to six weeks ahead of travel; and for travel abroad, make sure you have the correct immunizations.

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