Whether you're planning a long vacation or a weekend getaway, creating a checklist of everything you might need - insulin, test strips, glucose tablets and more - will ensure you have a safe and healthy journey and won't need to waste precious time searching for supplies in unfamiliar places.
2 - Drink up.
If you become dehydrated you become more insulin resistant. It is recommended that if you are outside often, you should drink between six to twelve ounces of fluids per hour and to down even more during times of intense activity. If you fly a lot, remember that the air inside the plane is often quite dry and you should hydrate during the ride. For people with diabetes, hot and humid weather can impair the body's ability to sweat, causing blood sugar levels to go haywire.
3 - Dodge sugar-spiking stress.
Most of us have experiences flight delays and the occasional white-knuckle turbulence. Many diabetics notice a spike in blood sugar with stressful situations. Nail-biting experiences trigger the production of adreneline and cortisol, fight-or-flight hormones that send blood sugar skyrocketing. To counter on-the-spot tension you can possibly turn to deep breathing, prayer, meditation, taking a walk, punching a pillow, or sipping herbal tea.
4 - Stock up on snacks.
When on the road, pack a healthy supply of snacks and glucose tablets to combat low blood sugar during long periods between meals. When faced with unexpected meal choices try to keep your levels in check. A tip would be to stick with low-carb foods or test a lot to see if your blood sugar is trending up or down.
5 - Don't forget to test.
Whether you're on a day trip or an around-the-world adventure, continue to check your blood sugar levels according to your health provider's recommendations to catch problems early and prevent highs and lows.