Health & Fitness

The Beginner’s Guide To Traveling With Type 1 Diabetes

Susy WulfFebruary 13, 20225 mins read

We are pleased to welcome The Blonde Abroad’s Type 1 Diabetes Travel Expert.

Cazzy Magennis is a travel writer. My goal is to motivate, inspire and reassure fellow diabetics. To bring you the best advice and guides on managing diabetes while traveling around the globe, I have partnered with The Blonde Abroad. You can read more if you’re not a diabetic, but would like to know more.

You have type 1 diabetes. It’s hard to live with, but it doesn’t mean you should be. It’s a wonderful thing to travel and explore the world. There is no reason why you should feel restricted. With careful planning, you can go anywhere you want.

This is what I did. I don’t let diabetes slow down me. I work hard and travel.

What is your control?

If your control is poor and you are in constant hospital or severe hypos, I wouldn’t recommend that you travel. Talk to your Diabetic specialist nurse, doctor or physician about ways you can improve your control and minimize complications while on vacation.

If you’re experiencing the typical highs and lows of type one diabetes, that shouldn’t stop you. I’m not perfect but I can travel well. You are the best judge of your own health!

Your health is the most important thing. If you don’t have your health, you can’t travel!

Get Advice… and then more Advice

Let your diabetes team know that you are planning to go on an adventure. They can offer advice about the climate and destination.

Talk to your diabuddies and your partner. Gather all information. Ask all questions, no matter how stupid they may seem.

Get a Doctor’s letter

Ask your doctor to send you a letter informing you that you must keep your insulin supplies with you at all times. This will allow you to take an extra liquid bag to carry your medication on the flight.

Doctor’s letters can be useful for security concerns in various locations around the globe, as well as when traveling across borders by bus. It’s possible that military guards will search your luggage.

Helpful Tip – I recommend that you translate the letter of your doctor into the language spoken in the country where you will be going. Also, make sure to bring both electronic and printed copies.

Find Diabetes Care in Your Area

You should research the diabetes care available in your area and make sure you have the ability to access emergency insulin, supplies, and costs in an emergency.

Your insulin company can be reached directly to let you know if stock is available in that country. This gives you security in an emergency.

Helpful Tip – If you are an EU citizen, you can get a free EHIC card that will allow you to access extra insulin quickly and without cost in an emergency.

Checkups Galore!

Before you travel, make sure that you have all of the necessary checkups. Eyes, feet and diabetic clinics. Blood checks. HBA1C…

This is especially important for long-term trips. If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to quickly identify any problems and minimize the risk. It’s crucial to know the status of your trip before you depart, especially if it is a long one. If something seems amiss, it is a good idea to get it checked out.

You should make sure that you have enough insurance to cover yourself. I recommend looking at price comparison websites to find the best deal. But, I warn you, it will be more costly than your friend who isn’t diabetic!

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You don’t have to be in another country or state to get your diabetes supplies.

I order three times more than I need, which may seem excessive. However, it allows me to be prepared for any travel delays, thefts, or natural disasters.

This will depend on how you have access to supplies and insurance. However, you should be ready for anything.

You can also bring supplies and a spare monitor. These are available online for free with a quick Google search.

A helpful tip: Split your supplies between 2 bags or with the person with whom you are traveling. My boyfriend always has a spare pump and supplies.

Some people feel shy or unsure about telling others they have diabetes. But, I find that people are curious and most people want to learn more. It’s up to all of us to spread the truth about type 1 to everyone we know.

Because I enjoy the company and the support that someone with diabetes can offer, I prefer to travel with someone else. On your first trip, I recommend that you take a companion.

It is important to let others know about your diabetes when you travel. Online ordering of medical cards is possible.

A beautiful Medical ID bracelet I have is handmade. It doesn’t feel like it’s a medical ID, but just a piece of jewelry that works well for me. Learn more about medical IDs by clicking here.

You are ready to travel with type 1 diabetes and stay healthy if you feel confident with these points.

Susy Wulf
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Susy Wulf is a journalist, copywriter, editor and journalist. She has a BA degree in English from Monmouth University, and a MA in Global Communications (American University of Paris).

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