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Travellers with diabetes

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

Some tips to keep your sugars on target while travelling.

The day you're travelling:

  • Try to keep your meal and snack times close to normal

  • Keep active where possible- If you’re on a plane, do ankle circles or raise your legs at your seat.

  • If you are crossing two or more time zones, you may need to increase or decrease your long-acting insulin dose on the day you travel depending on whether you are travelling east (shorter day so reduced insulin requirements) or west (longer day so increased insulin requirements).

When you get to your destination:

  • Try to keep to your usual meal schedule

  • Often when people travel, they are more active than usual. This may change your insulin requirements, so it is a good idea to check your sugars as frequently as you would when you are at home

  • If you use insulin- this can stay at room temperature for up to 30 days

  • Avoid storing insulin in direct sunlight

  • If you are heading somewhere hot, storing your insulin in an insulated bag may work well.

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