Ways Diabetics Can Travel Abroad Optimally

Through many advancements in science and technology, travel has been made easier for those with extra needs such as medications, mobility aids, or medical assistance. In diabetes care, advancements in management such as in glucose monitoring, insulin delivery, and medications have helped people with diabetes be able to travel safely. With preparation and resources, diabetics can travel and now have a chance to enjoy travel to different places while managing their health.

Here’s a quick list of tips on how to navigate travel as a diabetic:

See Your Health Provider

As with any big travel plans, it is best to make sure that your body is as healthy as can be. This will also bring to light any health precautions you need to take. Some travel itineraries also have requirements such as vaccinations or medical documentation. 

Schedule a pre-travel appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your travel plans and your possible health needs. They can prescribe you extra medications for travel, instruct you on possible diabetes emergencies, and write letters regarding your condition. They can also recommend comprehensive programs to access while traveling to keep track of your health, such as diabetes weight loss programs which include glucose monitoring, meal planning, and activity trackers.

Check Your Supplies

Diabetics can travel but their management relies on strict blood glucose control and medications are an essential part of it. Travel preparation includes making sure that you have enough medications for the trip, as well as knowing beforehand how to travel with them.

Pack more than enough insulin or oral medications and testing supplies for the duration of your trip, plus extra in case of delays. Divide your supplies and medications between your carry-on and checked luggage to make sure you always have some in case of loss. Double check what you can bring in carry-on versus checked luggage based on regulations, and bring prescription labels and letters. Pack medications in clear sealable bags if in carry-ons for easy inspection at the airport.

Plan Your Meals

Sticking to a diet can be very difficult when traveling. Preparing your own meals can help make it easier, and this includes doing your research about your destination beforehand and planning where to get food and supplies.

Familiarize yourself with the local cuisine and foods available at your destination. This can give you an idea about what you may need to bring or buy ahead of time. Look up nearby markets and grocery stores to get ingredients from once you get there. If you have restaurants as part of your itinerary, browse their menus ahead of time to see what you can eat. Don’t forget to bring an excess of prepackaged meals and snacks in case healthy options are not easily available.

Take Care of Yourself

Aside from making sure your medications are administered on time and mindfully eating healthy foods, keeping a healthy lifestyle and daily routine can help manage your diabetes better while traveling. 

Always check your blood sugar levels regularly especially before eating and physical activity. Keep a record of your readings using a journal or a tracker in your online or phone programs to make adjustments if needed.  Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages to avoid blood sugar level fluctuations. Incorporate exercise or physical activity in your travel plans, but make sure that you keep track of your levels and have snacks handy in case of hypoglycemia. Practice stress-reduction techniques to help manage stress which can affect blood sugar levels.

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Prepare for Emergencies

Any travel plan will not be complete without preparation for accidents and emergencies, especially when faced with language barriers or lack of supplies.

Before you go, research available healthcare and emergency care facilities in your destinations. Carry health identifications regarding your diabetes status, medications, and emergency contact information. Always pack extra medications and supplies. Remember, diabetics can travel! Familiarize yourself with dangerous signs and symptoms to know when to seek care. If going to a foreign country with a different language, learn key phrases to be able to communicate your condition. 

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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