Extra Tips…

…For camping


• Pack cool packs to maintain your supplies at safe temperatures.

• Purchase or make a first-aid kit.

• Wear comfortable, broken-in hiking boots or walking shoes. Blisters and sore feet can ruin a vacation, and open abrasions can get infected easily when you have diabetes.

• Take several pairs of good-quality socks.

• If you’ll be hiking, paddling, or doing other physical activities, carry plenty of snacks with you to prevent hypoglycemia.

• Place diabetes supplies in a sturdy waterproof plastic box with a secure lid that won’t get crushed.

…For long drives

• Pack a meter for testing every two hours while driving.

• Stop and walk around every two hours to get a little physical activity and boost your circulation.

• Pack enough food for a meal in case of emergency.

• Review your route before the trip to identify potential food stops, bathroom stops, and stretch breaks.

• Call ahead for reservations at sit-down restaurants to avoid meal delays to help you stay on track with your meal and medication timing.

…For pump/device wearers

• Carry vial insulin and syringes with you just in case your device cannot be used. Have a written transition plan from your doctor with how much and what insulin to take.

• Pack extra adhesive tapes and adhesive products — especially when traveling to hot climates — to keep catheters secure.

• Know how and when to change your basal settings and change your clock settings when traveling to different time zones to avoid problems.

• To prevent sand and debris from clogging your catheter hub when you disconnect it and get in the water, take insulin pump catheter hub caps or sensor catheter hub caps.

• Keep the toll-free help number for your device with you at all times.

…For the beach

• Bring resealable plastic bags to protect devices and medications in sandy or wet areas.

• Skip the flip flops: Pack comfortable beach shoes (breathable shoes that cover the entire foot) to protect your feet, especially if you have neuropathy.

• Use a cooler for drinks, snacks, and supplies.

• Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.

• Pack plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF (30 or above). Don’t forget to rub some on your ears, neck, and feet.

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