Advice for travelling abroad

Prepare the following items before you travel in case of emergency.

1. English medical records: important if you need emergency medical care and may need to be shown as proof any medication you are carrying with you.

2. Medicine: carry twice the amount of medicine required for the trip in case the trip is unexpectedly extended. Medicine should be carried on your person rather than in checked baggage in the cargo hold.

3. Blood glucose meter: you can check changes in your blood glucose at any time.

4. Appropriate shoes: it is best to have good shoes that cover the entire foot. Shoes need to be suitable for the different types of activity you have planned including walking or hiking. Bring two pairs so you can change shoes.

5. Emergency medical card: during a medical emergency this lets medical personnel rapidly understand your medical history.

Do not forget to take your medicine on time during your flight. If it’s a long-haul flight and crosses time zones, talk to your physician regarding how to adjust the timing of your medication.

When engaged in strenuous activities regularly monitor your blood glucose, and eat snacks when needed to prevent low blood glucose. Be sensible about going out alone in case you need help in an emergency.


Source | American Diabetes Association

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