Diabetes Care

Travel Guide For Diabetics

Traveling means uncertainty. Traveling means minute to minute new experiences. If you have diabetes, and now readying to go on a tour, it is indeed an adventure. Notwithstanding the mode of transport, by rail, road or by air, it involves lots of exertion. You need to prepare adequately before travel, being diabetes patient especially. You owe a dual personality. You, and the diabetic individual within you!

You can't afford to fall sick, when you are traveling. You as a diabetic patient have a special routine; you are bound by certain rules and regulations, which you need to follow strictly. Whether it is a travel within your country, or a foreign land, note these tips, before someone dear to you says Bon voyage.

I won't mention about your passport and other travel documents. You know about their importance. But it is my sincere advice to you to have a duplicate set of all the documents and keep it in a conspicuous palace. Don't keep the originals and the duplicates in the same bag.

You are a diabetes patient, and having periodical checkups is one of the routines of your life. But, have the necessary checkups, a day or two before the date of departure. Keep the case-history file with you and take a brief noting from your family doctor about the present condition of your health, the diet most suitable for you.

Take a copy of his observations, in the language that is spoken in the country that you plan to visit. Read a good book on health guidelines for a traveler.

Being a diabetic patient, you must be on regular medication. Take enough stock of the medicines for the duration of the tour, plus 10 % additional stock, for contingencies.

Ensure that you have adequate stock of bandages, creams, antiseptic cleaners, mosquito repellents, pain killers and other special medicines, if the children are traveling with you.

Your travel agent must have made arrangements for the short terms travel insurance. But, do check it up with him, and if you require any special clauses to be incorporated in the insurance policy, inform him sufficiently in advance.

Are you familiar with self-help skills? If not, it is advisable for you to attend a short professional camp, relating to this aspect. It will be most helpful for you as well for your fellow-travelers. Moreover, it will boost your psychology and self-confidence.

Have a clear action plan in case of emergency. If you are traveling with others, don't do or talk anything that will create anxiety about your condition. Don't be depressed. Have the blood pressure and sugar levels checked at a fixed time once in day at least. Maintain all the records carefully. On return, your family doctor may need it.