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Australians love to travel. In 2016 alone, 18.7 million Aussies flew overseas and we took a collective 90 million trips interstate spending almost 335 million nights away from home to do so. Young or old, travelling solo or with family, Diabetes or not, Aussies love to travel.
Between packing, accommodation, planning, and money you definitely don't need any more stress, like how to keep your insulin cool, making sure everything you need is in one place, or having something to store your used needle tips and strips in safely.
Good diabetes management can be messy. It’s really no surprise when you tell people that multiple times a day you may need to prick your finger, put blood on a test strip, wait to get a reading, replace lancets, needle tips and throw away used strips.
If you’re at home, it’s no problem to get rid of everything you use- you can get nice bin safety bins to protect you, your family, and anyone handling your rubbish. But what can you do if you are travelling, at work, or generally on the move? Most needle bins aren’t exactly portable. They’re also not suitable- and some of us don’t want our diabetes care to be a constant discussion point. That’s where MySharps personal Sharps Bins can come in handy.
Designed to hold up to 25x needle points from your needle-pen AND used test strips, these handy personal sharps bins fit perfectly in your pocket, clutch, or bag. They are easy to use, safe and secure.
Simply insert your insulin pen into the device, pressing down until you hear a click, and rotate the pen until the needle tip falls off into the container. With at least 2-million accidental needle-stick injuries a year, we think that a MySharps personal sharps bin is a must for diabetics who are exposed to more needles than most.
Once the device is full, simply slide the cover to ‘lock’ to seal it completely and dispose of safely when convenient. Purchase now and pay less than $5 per unit.* You can even get auto delivery so you never have to worry about protecting yourself and others from used needle tips again.
While we know that many diabetics do not change the needle tips every time they inject their insulin, it is a health concern and we hope that having a safe and easy means to dispose of those needle tips will make it easier for people to protect themselves.
Speaking of injecting insulin…
Did you know how much temperature can affect your insulin? A recent study found that insulin suffers significantly during travel. This is likely due to temperature fluctuation above or below the manufacturer's recommendations.
The study found that significantly less insulin per vial was reaching users than intended! This could obviously have serious effects for diabetics with insulin dependency, who need to be able to accurately and specifically medicate.
So what can you do to put your mind at ease? Well, there a variety of options to keep insulin cool. The most basic are essentially small eskys that need to be regularly topped up with ice or ice packs.
A more advanced option are evaporative cooler units like GlucologyTM Cooler Bags. GlucologyTM Cooler Bags are evaporative cooling units designed to keep in-use insulin cool within safe temperatures of 18-28°C for up to 40 hours. They work in hot Aussie summer even in a constant temperature of 37.8°C. They are airplane safe- and are perfect for small or long trips.
To activate your Cooler Bag simply soak the inner pouch in water and the crystals in the inner pouch will become a gel. The water held by the gel will slowly evaporate over 40 hours, cooling the contents of the pouch. The pouch can be 're-activated' or 'topped-up' to provide continuous safe storage conditions for subsequent periods of 40 hours minimum.
And if you want a something to keep all your support aids together you should check out the purpose-design Glucology Diabetic Travel Cases.
Like many health conditions, good diabetes management requires a significant amount of equipment and diligence to monitor. Between lancets, a blood glucose meter, backup meter, lancing device, cleaning swabs, lancets, insulin pens, insulin, and more, it can be a lot to carry around.
Rather than having all your important diabetes aids floating loose in a bag- why not keep everything together in one place, protected from incidental knocks and damage. Complete with hard-shell cover and durable zips, the Glucology Diabetic Travel Cases were designed in Sydney after speaking to users and understanding their specific needs.
While slim and streamlined, these cases are capable of carrying an extensive number of items- below is one of our favourite quotes from someone who received one of our cases, showing how much he appreciated his Glucology Diabetic Travel Case.
Our Services and Blog posts are NOT intended to substitute any professional medical advice or treatment and are offered for informational purposes only. Remember to always work with your doctor before changing anything about your medication or diabetes management. The above information is NOT medical advice.
*Sale price is $14.95 for a set of 3x Sharps bin, excluding shipping.
I also use weekly Bydureon injections. Do you have something that would fit 6 or 7 of the Bydureon pens when I travel overseas next year. They are quite big so I doubt this would even take one pen.
I went over to England and Europe for six weeks. I brought three Glucology Cooling Bags. They worked great. Kept them in a small back pack, open at the top, so they could ‘breath’ when travelling. Once in hotel room left them on my bedside table. Every few days I refreshed them and good as new. I’m a type 2 diabetic. I highly recommend them
I use Bydureon injections weekly but I think they would be too big to fit in the travel case and would love some information re flying from Australia to UK