Complicated?! Well, it was the first time, I feel like I've almost mastered it now. Travelling locally with Type 1 Diabetes is hard.. Travelling overseas is even harder. I have managed to control my T1D quite well over the 4 time zones I visited this past month. Some helpful hints for fellow travelling Diabetics who are still old school like me and use pens or syringes. .
- *Don't skip injections. This obviously is a big no no. But is also easy to do while you are on long haul flights or struggling with jet lag.
- *Short acting continue as normal.. Inject when you eat or when needed.
Even if I'm struggling with jet-lag... Wake up at 12pm - inject. Still up at 12am - inject.
Wake up at 9am - inject. 9pm - inject. 12 hourly. Like clockwork. Much easier to manage and keep up with rather than trying to force yourself awake at 7am etc etc..
- *Take at least 24 hours to attempt to catch up on jet-lag. Your body will thank you for it.
Make sure you stick to your injection schedule as closely as possible. A few hours here or there shouldn't be a problem. (Note I am not a doctor, if you have good control of your T1D this should be fine. If you have poor control you should set an alarm to make sure you don't miss any injections or BSLs)
- *Always have your kit on you. You never know when you will get kicked out of a taxi and be stuck somewhere in the middle of New York with no idea of where you are or how long you will be there.
- *Pack extra insulin, test strips, needles, glucagon. ALWAYS have more than you need.
Luggage gets lost. Bags get misplaced. Don't be caught short. I make sure to have 2 of each pen in my hand bag, plus needles. In my checked luggage I will carry double what I know I will need. I will also pack an extra box of insulin and needles in my husbands luggage just in case mine gets lost.
That's about all I have on travelling tips. Pretty simple. Stay safe!