When You’re on the Road
Changes in your normal routine might make it harder to follow your meal plan and medication
schedule. But with a little planning, you can manage diabetes anywhere you go. A diabetes
“tool kit” can help you stay organized. See page 59 for a list of supplies to include.
When You’re Driving
Medications that can cause low blood
glucose may affect driving safety.
Always check your blood glucose before
you get started. If it’s low, eat or drink
a snack to raise your blood glucose to
above 70 mg/dL. If you feel symptoms
of low blood glucose while driving,
pull over so you can take action. Keep
your diabetes supplies where you
can reach them, not in the back seat,
glove compartment, or trunk. Store
medications, especially insulin, out of
direct heat, such as sunlight. In case of
emergency, always carry identification
that says you have diabetes.
When You’re Traveling
About 1 month before your trip, ask your health
care provider if you should have a checkup to make
sure your diabetes is under control. Go over your
schedule and talk about the medicines you take. Get
any needed vaccines at least 1 month before your
trip. Be prepared to manage your blood glucose
everywhere you go. If you are flying, check with the
airline for guidelines for traveling with supplies and
medication, or contact the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA). Carry your travel kit, with your
supplies clearly labeled. Keep it with you at all times,
not inside checked baggage! Make sure you have
identification with you that says you have diabetes.
Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Check your blood glucose often. And ask your
diabetes team for advice if you are traveling across