If you suffer from diabetes, you’ll understand it’s sometimes a hardship to go on long journeys. It’s normal to feel anxious, as you’ll be placing yourself in an environment you’re not accustomed to. Today, let’s run through four tricks which will see you thrive on your travels, regardless of your condition.
1) Bring twice as much medication
Always come prepared. You never know what scenarios you might find yourself in, so it makes sense to have more medication than you think you might actually require. Be sure to keep these separate. If you lose one batch for whatever reason, you’ll always have the second as a failsafe.
The Diabetes website itself provides a useful guide when it comes to taking your insulin abroad. Having the second batch of medication means even if you do have one confiscated, that secondary supply can bail you out.
2) Take a doctor’s letter with you
Visit your GP and get them to provide you with a letter explaining your condition. If you’re headed somewhere overseas, think about getting someone to translate it for you. This is a quick and easy way to let someone know what’s happening should the worst occur.
Insurancewith provide a useful guide on what to include in the letter. They suggest mentioning:
- Medication you’ve been prescribed with
- The monitoring and dispensing equipment you’ll need
- Contact details for your diabetes team
- Information about what hand medication you should be allowed to carry in your luggage
Having this should clear up a lot of confusion in potentially dangerous situations.
3) Research before your trip
Aside from learning how to properly transport your insulin, it’s important to do general research on the area you’re headed to. Find out if there are any diabetes specialists near or around where you’re staying.
This extends beyond just finding a GP. Make sure there’s somewhere which supplies insulin. While you would have hopefully already planned ahead when it comes to your doses, it never hurts to know where else you might be able to locate some.
4) Learn some simple phrases
Again, if you’re headed somewhere where English isn’t the first language, it will be worth learning some basic phrases. This doesn’t have to be any too extensive. Think about looking up the translation of some of the following:
- Can I please get directions to the nearest hospital?
- Do you know anywhere nearby which sells insulin?
- My friend is sick and needs medical attention
Think about what else you might need to say or ask. If it comes to it, consider taking an automatic translation device, or downloading an app of this variety onto your phone.
Remember to keep this advice in mind when you next travel with diabetes. So long as you’re sensible, no medical condition should get in the way of having a good time.
This post was written in collaboration with InsuranceWith.
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