Dear Amy, thank you for writing to the forum.
Here are some tips to help you when you’re travelling.
Ask someone at home to make sure you have clearly written details of emergency contacts plus your National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) card.
You will need a letter from your diabetes doctor outlining that you have type 1 diabetes and that you need to carry supplies.
Customs regulations vary from country to country so it’s a good idea if you’re going overseas to contact the embassy of the country you’re visiting before travelling.
It’s a good idea to pack more test strips, insulin, syringes, pens and other diabetes equipment (pump consumables) than you will need for your trip. If possible pack a spare meter in case of loss or damage.
If you’re travelling by plane, divide your insulin, syringes/pens and testing equipment divided between two pieces of hand luggage. Don't place insulin in your regular luggage in the hold, as it is not temperature controlled and may be damaged or lost.
You should wear some form of identification that says you have diabetes.
Make sure that you carry some form of easily absorbed carbohydrate such as juice or jelly beans in case of a hypo and extra carbohydrate for follow up treatment.
Carry a small approved sharps container for used lancets and syringes. Some airlines, hotels and airports offer a sharps disposal service.
Remember that the excitement of a trip or changes in routine may affect your blood glucose levels (BGLs), so you may need to check your BGLs more often.
For more information on travel go to the link below.
Living with Type 1 – Travel