Who says that diabetics cannot travel by plane? Of course they can, but they do need to prepare well in advance and keep certain important factors in mind.
Eating healthy is a must. You should be able to choose from local menus and still eat a balanced meal. Find the food available at your destination so you are well prepared and know what to expect on arrival.
On the plane, carry healthy accessible snacks because sometimes the portions served on the aircraft are too small or not diabetic conducive. Plan for delays at the airport or in flight.
It is imperative to carry 2 documents from your doctor- a letter and a prescription. The letter should explain what you need to do for your diabetes, like take pills or insulin shots. It should list insulin, syringes and any other medications or apparatuses you use. Any allergies you suffer from or any foods or medications should also be mentioned in the letter. The prescription should be for insulin or diabetes pills.
Carry all diabetes medicines as hand luggage and keep it handy. This can help if your checked-in bags go missing or your medicines are damaged. Carry twice the quantity of medical supplies you would normally use for your diabetes.
Figure out your insulin suppliers at your destination, in case of an emergency. Contact your insulin manufacturer before the trip and find out if your insulin is available.
Always invest in travel insurance, especially if you are diabetic and if you are travelling alone. Ensure that all your medical conditions are stated, including your diabetes. Any omission could result in a claim being refused.
Flights often cross time zones. If you are on insulin or medication, check with your health care team if any changes need to be made to your routine.
Always be prepared in case your blood sugar level drops. Keep snacks, glucose gel, or glucose tablets with you in case your blood glucose drops.
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