Have Diabetes? Everything You Need to Know for Safe Travels

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 9% of the U.S. population had diabetes in 2015. That’s over 30 million Americans who might be traveling from time to time. Traveling is not easy to begin with, so having to worry about diabetes while traveling can seem a daunting task for these millions of people. We have listed important tips, so travelers dealing with diabetes can be prepared for any situation and enjoy their travels with peace of mind.



  • First, let your doctor know that you are going to be traveling. Ask for a note that proves the necessity of your supplies to airport security and consider getting the note translated into the language of your destination.
  • Make a checklist of supplies, included but not limited to: medication, insulin, cooling packs for insulin, blood sugar monitoring device and extra batteries, test strips, and snacks.
  • Meals can become tricky and complicated when traveling across time zones so ask your doctor for help in planning meals and medications according to your itinerary. Also, research food options at your destination.
  • Download a health tracking app, to help you monitor your exercise and food intake.
  • Give yourself extra time to check into the airport, in case your diabetic items are thoroughly searched by the security officers.
  • Pack your insulin supplies in carry-on bags, as it could be exposed to extreme temperatures in the cargo hold.
  • Download the Global Travel Plus Mobile App for direct access to our Operations Center should you need assistance in finding a local health provider or pharmacy or in filling a prescription if you are running out of supplies. You will also find a complete list of our services and pre-travel information regarding your destination.



  • Tell the flight attendant that you are diabetic, so they can be prepared in case of an emergency.
  • Disconnect your pump for takeoff and landing. The change in air pressures can affect the pumps effectiveness.
  • When on a long flight or car ride, move around periodically to minimize the risk of blood clots.
  • Carry insulin on you at all times, making sure you keep it room temperature with ice packs in the heat, and insulation against the cold.
  • If carrying insulin on a plane, only put half as much air as usual into your insulin bottle. Air pressure is not the same on the plane as it is on the ground.
  • Always have healthy snacks and pure sugar items on hand.
  • Test blood sugar frequently – changes in routine, eating, and exercise habits can drastically affect blood sugar levels.
  • Wear your medical ID bracelet or necklace everywhere.


If you are not enrolled in the Global Travel Plus’ travel emergency assistance program, click here to enroll today. If you already are a Global Travel Plus traveler, make sure to have your reference number with you and to download our app for iPhone or Android.

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Posted: 10/27/2017 11:24:34 AM