No diabetes topics? Questions/thoughts.
Did a search in the forums for Diabetes, diabetics, insulin, etc and found no topics on the subject. Strange; I think maybe I'm doing something wrong? Anyway, just wanted to get some thoughts and information on traveling long periods of time; up to months at a time (throughout the US and Canada) and how people with Diabetes deal with keeping insulin cool, resupplies, refills, etc. Any thoughts about this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Hi Bobby! Welcome to Travelblog.
Searching the forums can be hit or miss
But I did find these topics for you:
Diabetic going traveling
Traveling with needles for medical purposes
Having counseled individuals with diabetes as a dietitian, I would say, "Go forth and travel!" There is no reason why diabetes should hold you back from a prolonged journey, provided you are prepared, and check your BG regularly. Be particularly aware of time zone so that you can time your injections accurately.
Insulin shouldn't be exposed to extreme temperature changes, but does not necessarily need to be refrigerated. Travel packs for insulin exist on the market, which work well in most situations (in others, like the American Southwest in the summer, a cooler may be more appropriate). If you're traveling in the US, having your prescription on file at a national pharmacy chain (RiteAid, Walgreens) can make it easier to get refills on the road.
If you're flying throughout or to the US, the ADA has some good tips:
American Diabetes Association: Airline Travel & Diabetes
Just a few of my thoughts. Hopefully others can share their personal experiences!
I am a diabetic and have been travelling for 10 years.
I am happy to answer any questions, you can visit my blog http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Hobsausage/
and I also have a new book out called "The Adventures of a Hard-up, Diabetic Traveller with a Corn Flake Problem"
available as an e-book on amazon.
Hope this helps
These things are useful.