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DIVOTI’S TOP SUMMER TRAVEL TIPS FOR DIABETICS

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It’s summer, and with the season a lot of opportunities arise for travel, camping or enjoying various outdoor activities due to long, warm sunny days. Yet, many diabetic sufferers stay at home during the summer holiday season for various medical reasons.

This summer though, you don’t have to stay at home and miss out on all the fun. This week, Divoti shares several top summer travel tips diabetic travelers can keep in mind to minimize the risks of summer travel, and still have fun in the sun with friends, family or a special loved one.

Therefore, get your bathing suit ready, your suitcase packed, and let’s head off for the summer!

SUMMER TRAVEL TIPS

The American Diabetes Association and Diabetes Canada offer several helpful tips to diabetics who are going to be doing things such as hiking, camping, swimming and boating this summer:

  • KEEP AN EYE ON BLOOD SUGAR
    • Remember to pack your Blood Glucose Meter, especially within your backpack if you are off hiking, climbing or going to a water park.
  • PLANNING IS KEY
  • IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
  • EAT RIGHT
  • CARRY DOCUMENTATION
  • Besides getting the above mentioned letter, it is critical that you talk to your doctor about the kinds of potential health challenges you will be facing during your summer vacation. Aspects such as flying or crossing time zones, or long travel days and/or unusual physical activity, should be discussed. Your doctor can help you with ways to adjust your regime, example, adjusting your insulin intake to respond to travel challenges.

The American Diabetes Association advice: “Remember, you might be expending unusual amounts of energy during the summer, therefore monitoring your blood sugar more frequently is a must.”


To Do:

Experienced diabetics accustomed to summer vacation activities away from home also point out the importance of planning. Just as other vacationers have to take into account things like packing the right clothes for all kinds of summer weather, diabetics need to plan their own vacations carefully to.

Consider the following:

  • Consider what would happen if you got stranded in your vacation country because of weather, transportation, or some other emergency?
  • Pack an adequate supply of medical supplies in case of unexpected situations or medical emergencies.
  • Consider wearing medical alert jewelry, purchasable from reliable companies such as Divoti. Whether you choose a Medical Alert Bracelet, a Medical ID Bracelet, or Medical Alert Necklace, Medical Alert Jewelry signals to EMTs and emergency room staff information about your condition that you may not be able to tell them at the time.
  • Diabetics need to have extra medical supplies.

To Do:

Ten percent of diabetics are known to run into mild to serious problems while traveling during summer.


To Do:

Although half of the fun of being on a vacation is eating junk food, gorging on your favorites and skipping meals, as a diabetic, you do not have this luxury. It is important to eat healthy and time your meals. If you are flying, ask for a diabetic friendly meal or buy healthy snack foods on the airport to consume during the flight.

  • If you’re traveling by car, you need to plan for regular food stops or carry healthy snacks like fruit and nuts, yogurt, vegetables, and lean meat in a cold pack.

Medical alert jewelry is important information about your diabetes, and signals any important information about your medical status to emergency staff if the situation occurs.

Furthermore, apart from wearing your Medical Alert Bracelet or Medical Alert Necklace, it is also wise to carry a letter from your doctor explaining your medical condition and the fact that you need to carry needles and insulin. This may be vital at airport security, with hotel security, and for police departments wherever you visit. Like the Boy Scouts, be prepared.

CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN PRE-DEPARTURE

In Conclusion

Summer vacation travel can be a great adventure if you plan ahead and take precaution. Make sure your Medical Alert Necklace or Medical Alert Bracelet information is up to date, and you’ve discussed potential travel concerns with your doctor.

Above all, this year, go out and enjoy your summer adventure.

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