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Diabetes and traveling

Henry County Health Center | June 29th, 2017

Are you planning a trip? Traveling or going on a vacation may seem like a lot of fun, but it can be overwhelming for a person with diabetes. These stressful events may include choosing different foods, a different sleeping schedule or more or less exercise than the normal routine. Individuals with diabetes will feel better if their blood glucose is kept within their target range even when traveling. Here are some hints to take into consideration before planning a vacation:


  1. If traveling by plane or train, check to see if a meal will be served when you purchase your ticket. If not, plan ahead. Pack a snack in your carry-on as well as a fast-acting carbohydrate source (glucose tablets, or life savers are a good choice) to treat a low blood sugar if necessary.
  2. Plan to exercise when traveling. If traveling by car, stop, get out, and walk around every couple hours to improve your circulation. If traveling by plane or train, walk the aisles if possible.
  3. Bring at least double the medication you would need for the duration of the trip, in case travel plans get altered. Always carry enough insulin for the entire trip. It can be very difficult to get the correct supplies when you are away from home.
  4. Carry diabetic supplies in a carry-on bag, never in the checked baggage! Checked luggage can be lost or destroyed.
  5. Always take a list of all the medications you are currently taking. Make sure to include the name and dosages.
  6. Plan for proper disposal of syringes or lancets. Many restrooms now contain sharps containers for safe disposal of contaminated syringes and lancets.
  7. Wear comfortable shoes and never go barefoot! Look for blisters, cuts, redness, swelling, and scratches. Get medical attention at the first sign of any of these to avoid and prevent infection or inflammation.
  8. Make sure immunizations are up to date. Flu season varies in different countries. A pneumonia vaccination may also be a great idea if traveling to a different climate. Talk to your health care provider for more information.
  9. If your travel involves crossing time zones, ask your provider how to adjust medication and insulin dosing while you are gone.
  10. Carry important phone numbers in your carry-on luggage, including numbers for your provider and pharmacy in the event of an emergency.


Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites

Serves 24

(Serving Size: 2 bites)


½ cup peanut butter, heated in microwave for 30 seconds

1 ripe banana

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoon Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

2 cups rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup milled flaxseed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together peanut butter, banana, egg, vanilla and Splenda Brown Sugar blend.
  3. In a small bowl mix together oats, baking soda and salt. Add milled flaxseed.
  4. Add oat mixture into 1 tablespoon balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.