Monday, March 16, 2009

Traveling with diabetic supplies

My husband and I just got back from a trip to England. It was my first time traveling out of the continental United States, but not my first time flying with diabetic supplies. Interestingly it seemed no different than the domestic flights I've been on.

Even though no one has ever said boo about my diabetic supplies, even going through security, I always take certain precautions when traveling with my syringes and lancets. This trip, for example, I

* carried a letter from my doctor's office stating that I have type 1 diabetes and need my insulin and needles with me at all times,
* kept as much of the original packaging as was practical, in order to help someone quickly identify the supplies, and
* put all of my insulin and needles together in a gallon-sized ziplock bag.

The one thing I didn't do was to keep my Lantus chilled. From personal experience, I happen to know that Lantus lasts about two weeks if it is not refrigerated, and I always keep at least one extra bottle on hand, so I just opened a brand new bottle for the trip with the intention of tossing it as soon as we got home.

What precautions do you take when you travel with your diabetic supplies?

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