Traveling With Diabetes
Making an Appointment
- All the insulin and syringes that you will need for the entire trip
- Blood and urine testing supplies
- All oral diabetes medicines
- Any other medicines or medical supplies that you are taking or may need, including batteries for medical devices
- Your regular ID and your diabetes ID card
- A well-wrapped, air-tight snack pack of crackers or cheese, peanut butter, fruit, juice box, and some form of sugar, such as glucose tablets or hard candy
Going to the Airport
- Insulin and devices to dispense the insulin, such as preloaded syringes
- Unused syringes to go with your medicine
- Disposal container for your used syringes and test strips
- Other supplies, such as blood glucose meters and test strips
- Emergency kit containing glucagon if you have low blood sugar
- If you are having symptoms of low blood sugar, be sure to tell the security officer right away so that you can get the help that you need.
- Also, explain to the officer if you have an insulin pump attached to your body. If you would rather be patted down than walk through the metal detector, tell the security officer.
Arriving at Your Destination
American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org
Transportation Security Administration http://www.tsa.gov
Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Fact sheet: Air travel and diabetes. American Diabetes Association website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/know-your-rights/public-accommodations/air-travel-and-diabetes.pdf. Accessed February 26, 2013.
Passengers with diabetes. Transportation Security Administration website. Available at: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/passengers-diabetes. Updated January 28, 2013. Accessed February 26, 2013.
Travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Transportation Security Administration website. Available at: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/travelers-disabilities-and-medical-conditions. Updated February 21, 2013. Accessed February 26, 2013.
When you travel. American Diabetes Association website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/medication/when-you-travel.html. Accessed February 26, 2013.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 02/2013 -
- Update Date: 02/26/2013 -
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