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If anyone is suffering from certain health conditions like diabetes then planning for a trip may be a tedious task because untimely meals, excessive physical activity, skipping medications and dehydration can cause drastic changes in the blood glucose level.
1. Carry an updated prescription 2. Carry medication 3. Include a Glucometer to your medicine kit 4. Pack healthy snacks along 5. Keep yourself moving 6. Keep yourself hydrated 7. Carry comfortable footwear
Ensure to carry adequate medications at least twice the count of medicines and insulin as you usually need. Always keep your medications and supplies handy. Never store insulin especially in checked luggage because it may get exposed to extreme temperatures.
Monitor the blood sugar levels by carrying extra batteries and glucometer strips. When you are travelling long-distance, carry a small bag to have easy access to your glucometer test strips, syringes, insulin, fast-acting glucose along with some snacks.
Healthy snacking at frequent intervals will regulate blood sugar levels and not cause a sudden spike. Have small, or frequent meals and stock your baggage with nuts, seeds, yogurt, fruits, veggies and dip, sandwiches, salads to be on the safer side.
When you take a long flight or train or bus journey, make sure to keep yourself moving by doing simple stretching exercises. When you reach your travel destination, include a morning walk to avoid unnecessary weight gain and prevent further complications.
Drink more water and fresh juices to keep hydrated throughout the day. Avoid sweetened teas/ coffee, and other carbonated drinks which may cause spikes in blood sugar levels, alcohol or booze can also be an indulgence.
Diabetics are a prone to infections and foot problems, it is vital to pick the right footwear and shoes along when travelling. Whenever you step out, wear good footwear. Do not walk bare feet as it could lead to foot complications.
The secret to any successful trip for a diabetic person involves a lot of planning by taking double the time and effort. Cherish the memories and overload the fun when travelling, little planning is needed to relax and enjoy your trip.
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