Whether you’re leaving for a six-week stint in the Greek Isles or a tour with the Peace Corps, you need to make sure you have more than enough supplies/medication to last you - and extra supplies in case anything goes wrong.
Here are the supplies you should be considering:
- Infusion sets
- Pods (for Omnipod users)
- Insulin Pens (if you use pens)
- Long-acting Insulin
- Spare Pump
- Glucose Tabs
- CGM transmitters
- Pumps (for pump users)
- Chargers (CGM, meter, etc.)
Figure out exactly how much of everything you’ll need. Then add at least an extra months worth. Write it all down.
Pack your diabetes supplies in two carry-on suitcases. This way, you’re covered just in case anything that you check, or one of your carry-ons gets lost.
Have a letter from your doctor with you that explains what medical supplies you have with you and why.
Use your letter to get early boarding if the flight is full and you are concerned about overhead space for your supplies – this is your RIGHT.
Make sure you have something to keep your insulin cool while traveling. Here are some options: Frio, Medicool
Make sure you have plenty of low supplies – for the plane ride, and for the duration of the time you’ll be living abroad.