A Guide to Air Travel with Type 1 Diabetes

A Guide to Air Travel with Type 1 Diabetes

Hey, friends Dr. Oscar buzzing in to share with you what you need to know when you get ready to fly in an airplane and help answer some questions you might be having.


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When traveling with diabetes here are some helpful tips to remember: I always tried to have a letter from my doctor stating that I had diabetes and will have insulin syringes, insulin or may even have an insulin pump on with insulin pump supplies in a bag. I always make sure to have a prescription for insulin in case of emergency. Remember that per law you are able to carry an extra carry on bag if it carries your diabetic supplies. You should always always always carry extra supplies, whether it’s an extra set in another carry on bag or in your luggage. Here’s a complete list of extra supplies to bring with you:

  1. An extra tester

  2. Extra test strips

  3. Extra batteries

  4. Extra insulin and insulin syringes whether you’re on an insulin pump or not

  5. Have at least 3 to 4 extra insulin pump sites and reservoir

  6. Have a bag with an orange juice and a bar, because if you get low in an airplane without something to raise your blood sugar you’re in trouble


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