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Traveling with diabetes

by IBD Medical on December 01, 2022

Travel with diabetes

Traveling and going away on holidays can be an exciting time. However, if you are managing diabetes it can sometimes add an extra layer of stress along with tracking cheap flights, researching your destination, and making reservations. With some extra planning, you don’t have to sacrifice your health or your vacation and still have an enjoyable break. 

Here are some things that you might find helpful before you go.

Get a doctors note

You should have your doctor write you a note to explain your condition and your medication needs. As an extra precaution, you should make a few copies in case one gets misplaced. Your doctor can also write you an extra prescription in case you need to get more medication while away.

Call the airline in advance

It can be beneficial to review the airline’s website to see the items that they are allowed on board and whether or not they accept special requests. Most airlines have a special procedure to check and handle your medication. To make it easier, seal all your medication in a different plastic bag to your other liquids and have everything labeled clearly. 

Pack healthy snacks

Plan ahead and pack healthy alternatives of snacks to help you keep away from junk food. Keep in mind that these snacks will not be refrigerated, so bring something that can be kept at room temperature. Some great healthy snacks options include mixed nuts and seeds, air-popped popcorn, dried fruit, or wholegrain crackers. Bear in mind how these snacks may affect your blood sugar. 

Keep your supplies close

Whether you are traveling by plane or car, it is important to keep your supplies near you. Temperatures can differ when in a suitcase under a plane or in the boot of a car. Try our Glucology Travel Case that is designed to fit all your diabetic needs when traveling including lancets, wipes, pens, sharps, glucose tablets and more!


Travel Case


Traveling with diabetes doesn’t have to be stressful with the right planning and organization. Make sure you overpack, have comfortable clothing and shoes, carry fast-acting insulin (such as glucose tablets or lollies), and pack enough supplies to last double the amount of time that you are away for. With careful planning and taking precautions, you can have a relaxing, memorable, and hassle-free trip. Safe travels!


Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.

1 comment
by Gayle Allen on July 14, 2021

I have just remembered about usiing an insulin pen, when in Nepal, several years back. Kathmandu was not a problem, we flew to Pokhara sevrral days later. At night I noticed a lot of my fast acting had just disappeared. No leakage, I checked everything. Luckily a chemist was open, so I explained the problem. His brother went home(that was storage) to get another needle. While waiting, he explained how the altitude could effect several medications. It was higher than Kathmandu, oh those amazing Himalayas 🥰 We left a few days later, by which time I had worked it all out, & headed for lower alttitude. All goid & LOVED THAT TRIP. FELL IN LOVE WITH INDIA, it’s like Italy, grabbed me by the heartstrings. Hugs to all, Gayle


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