Planning to Study Abroad? That’s Great!
Here are some things to consider before leaving:
- Make sure you have extra of everything
- Extra Pump if you’re a pumper
- Extra medical alert ID
- Low supplies and other food
- Extra batteries for pump, meters, etc.
- Have an address of where you will be saying (if possible) in case you need more supplies while you’re there
- At least 2-3 meters
- Ketone strips
- Schedule a Doctor’s appointment
- Schedule a Dentist Appointment
- Schedule an Optometrist Appointment
- Go over how to change basal rates/carb ratios
- Prescriptions for enough supplies to last you + extra
- Make sure you have had all of your shots! You don’t want to get sick abroad
If you know someone in the country you are going, let them know that you will be there
Have contact information for your institute abroad
Have an international calling card with you/in your carry-on
Contact your Insurance company: Are you covered abroad? If not, there are temporary insurance plans
What to Expect
Change of routine
Getting low supplies may be harder (lack of convenience stores on every corner)
Nutritional Information might not be available
Lots of walking
Make sure insulin isn’t too hot/too cold
Put diabetes supplies in more than one place in case you lose a bag.
Have a letter from your doctor in your luggage that explains what you have with you.
Sometimes there is a limit on supplies abroad. Plan accordingly.