Planning ahead will allow you to kick back and relax while you’re on your cruise. Here are some things to think about before you go:
Find out all you can about the ship — what amenities it offers, onboard activities, opportunities for exercise, eating options, etc. Be sure it sounds like an experience you’d enjoy before sending in a deposit.
Speak to your travel agent or a contact person at the cruise line about your special needs, including dietary preferences.
Consider purchasing travel insurance that includes coverage for medical care needed while traveling.
Make a packing list, keeping in mind all of the activities you might like to try while afloat or at ports of call. (Be sure to include extra shoes on your list.)
Plan to bring extra diabetes supplies. Stock up now so you aren’t caught short.
If you can’t remember how to change the time setting on your insulin pump or any other equipment, dig out the instructions now and bring them with you.
If you’re flying to or from your cruise, remember to pack your diabetes and any other medical supplies in your carry-on luggage. Remember that you must have pharmacy labels on prescription items; otherwise, you may be asked to place them in your checked baggage.
Whether or not you fly to your cruise departure, pack the clothing you will need on your first day aboard ship, as well as toiletries and sleepwear, in a carry-on bag in case your luggage is not delivered to your stateroom in a timely manner.
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