A road trip is a fabulous way to travel – driving along the coast, stopping at quaint inns, meeting new people and seeing new sights. Having Diabetes Type 2 should not be a hindrance to taking a road trip, but proper planning can help make managing diabetes on the road much easier.
10 essential tips for a road trip-
Meet your doctor prior to your road trip, and ensure that your blood sugar levels are within the appropriate range. Inform him of your plans, your destination and the duration of your trip. Keep copies of all medical documentation – letter stating your diagnosis and list of medicines, and prescription.
Ensure your vehicle is in good condition. Get the local service station to pay special attention to the air conditioning unit and engine coolant. Invest in a good GPRS system, to avoid getting lost in unfamiliar territory or incurring unnecessary traffic-related delays.
Ensure your medicines are easily accessible. Carry extra medicine in the event of emergencies.
Bring nutritious snacks. Fresh fruit and granola bars are good, along with crackers and hard candy. Non- perishable snacks are a must. Carry plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Glucose tabs are also good in case of hypoglycemia.
Wear medical identification stating that you are diabetic.
Take frequent stops to stretch your legs. Type 2 Diabetes can adversely affect blood flow and sitting for long periods is not advisable.
Wear comfortable footwear and carry one extra pair.
Type 2 Diabetes requires a list of emergency contacts handy. Know where to get medical help if needed on the road.
Ensure that your cell phone is charged, and carry an extra battery. Carry the car charger.
Carry double the quantity of medicines that you would need, for a road trip.
Your condition should not keep you from going on adventures. You can never forget that you have diabetes, but don’t let it hold you back.
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