Health & Fitness

Tips for Traveling with an Insulin Pump

Susy WulfFebruary 5, 20224 mins read

Insulin pumps are becoming more popular with type 1 diabetics. As someone who uses an insulin pump, I thought it would be a good idea to create a guide about traveling with insulin pumps. There are many benefits to traveling with an insulin pump.


You won’t believe me, but traveling with an insulin pump means you need to bring more supplies than if you were using pens. It’s worth it to sacrifice a few pieces of clothing that you don’t really need. For better control, use the.

There are many ways to store extra supplies. My travel partner Bradley, my boyfriend, split half of my supplies and I then put infusion sets into socks. You can usually stuff about 2 to 3 socks.

All my test strips were also kept in small bags, which takes up very little space.

Did you know that reservoirs can be reused? I discovered that I can reuse reservoirs after I traveled to South America.

Instead of buying too many, bring enough to last you a while and then repackage when you are finished. Don’t be alarmed if airlines charge you extra for pump supplies.

Ninety percent allow you to take an extra small bag with you for medical supplies. So don’t be afraid asking!

Altitude Changes

Your insulin pump may be affected by higher altitudes. This applies to both flying and climbing mountains.

This is also true for those who live in higher places like Bolivia.

This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t bring your insulin pump. My insulin pump and travel have never been in trouble.

Time Zones

It is common to think that changing time zones can be a reason for not bringing an insulin pump. However, this should actually be a reason to bring one when you travel with type 1 diabetes.

Changes in time zones can impact your insulin needs. However, an insulin pump allows you to reset the times to match the current time and adjust accordingly. It’s often easier to adjust the pump to your needs than to use an insulin pen.

The benefits of traveling with an insulin pump

You can be spontaneous: I’m spontaneous, and many people who travel are so! An insulin pump makes it possible to be spontaneous without hesitation.

Because a pump makes it easier to adjust and see patterns in your blood sugars. You can also set temporary basal rates, use extended bolus, and make other adjustments to your pump to ensure your blood sugars remain stable while you travel.

You can eat anything: This is what I love about traveling. All the delicious food I get to try. I have spoken previously about how counting carbohydrate abroad is useful when trying out new foods.

Your insulin pump is what makes it possible. The extended bolus or wave bolus can be used for slow-release carbs like pasta and pizza.

You feel free: It’s ironic that you can feel free even if you have something attached to your body. But, it’s true. Because you don’t need to worry about your diabetes, an insulin pump can give you a sense freedom.

It’s easy to see the situation and make adjustments so that you can live in the moment and less worry about diabetes. I always thought I’d never be able to “forget” about diabetes when I had an insulin pump on, but trust me one can (sometimes I forget so much that I forget to bolus for breakfast….whoops)!

It’s also easy to conceal your insulin pump so people won’t be able to see it. I was able to conceal my insulin pump even with a bikini.

Your insulin pump may be seen by anyone who is curious. This gives you an opportunity to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes. It’s not about sugary foods!

It can be integrated with other technology: An insulin pump is compatible with a CGM (continuous sugar monitor). Medtronic sensors are compatible with the Medtronic 630.

They can detect when insulin is low and stop it from coming in. This is smart technology!

You can use CGM’s with insulin pens alone, but if you have an insulin pump and one of CGM’s, it’s almost like you’re taking a complete package of artificial pancreas with you on your travels. Trust me, being partially robot is awesome and very unique.

Susy Wulf

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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