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.
We at IBD medical are dedicated to supplying easy to use diabetic support items that keep you moving. Here are three of our favourites:
MySharps Personal Sharps Bins
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…
VIVI-CAP1 TEMPERATURE SHIELD
Did you know how much temperature can affect your insulin? A recent study found that insulin suffers 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. There are also cooling pouches that can be soaked in water and can keep contents cold for 48 hours or more.
However, both of these solutions require regular user maintenance, which can be difficult while travelling. Instead, we prefer a more advanced option; the Vivi-Cap1 temperature shield. This sophisticated device fits on the end of a disposable insulin pen, replacing the cap. Once in place, the Vivi-Cap1 can prevent the overheating of insulin pen for up to 12-months. A 12-month warranty on these incredible devices guarantees they are working, and depending on use, may far exceed this 12-month period.
Requiring no maintenance or calibration, the Vivi-Cap1 temperature shield can be placed in a bag, handbag or pocket and is airplane safe- perfect for small or long trips.
And if you want a something to keep all your support aids together you should check out the purpose-design Glucology Diabetic Travel Cases.
Glucology Diabetic Travel Case
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.
"The case has plenty of room for my glucometer, a backup glucometer, a lancet device, lancets, test strips and some hypo food, and the red colour stands out enough to make it easy to find. It seems nice and solid, without being excessively heavy, and large enough to contain all the above without being too large.
Overall I would not hesitate to purchase again, and would recommend to my friends with type 1 diabetes." - Troy W
This month- you can get all three of these great innovations to keep you moving- click the link to check out the Glucology Weekender Bundle and get out there. Buy this month and you'll receive $30-dollars off and Free Shipping!
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.