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3- min read 02/11/2021
author Stefanie Van den Broeck
ON A FLYING HOLIDAY WITH DIABETES: THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT

You always have diabetes, even if you go on holiday to a warm country. Do you ever doubt whether you have all the necessary medication with you? Do you dread that long flight or are you afraid that diabetes will affect your holiday too much? These are all questions that probably cross your mind before you go on vacation. And that is very understandable! Yet diabetes does not have to be an obstacle during your holiday, provided you are well prepared for your trip. Read here what to think about so that you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest!

READY TO GO?

Before the holiday can really start, there are a number of important things that you should not forget. Request a doctor's statement in advance. This states that you have diabetes and are taking certain medication for it. A doctor's note is useful if you have to go through customs and if you unexpectedly need a doctor or extra medication. In addition, it is smart to take more than enough medicines with you. Enough for during your holiday, but also for the days after you come home. That way you won't end up without it right away. 

Now that everything is in place, it's time to pack your suitcase and/or bag. Try to divide your medicines and other diabetes material among the different pieces of luggage. If you lose something or if there is theft, you still have reserves. When you pick up medicines at the pharmacy, your name is mentioned on the label. It is therefore smart to take the original packaging with you, so that people can always immediately see that it is yours.

DURING THE AIR JOURNEY

The day of departure has finally arrived and you can't wait for the warm temperatures to hit you. You've checked in, now you only have to go through customs and you can get into the air. As soon as you arrive at customs, report to the customs officer that you have an insulin pump, medication and/or needles in your hand luggage. The gates will give off alarm signals because of these materials. Therefore, ask for a regular search. Do you have a sensor; then you can just flawlessly go through all the scans on the
airport! 

In addition, make sure that your diabetes medication is in your hand luggage, so that you are not without medication during your flight. A diabetics is useful for storing all your diabetes equipment. This way you have everything at hand at once. Fasten your seatbelt, fold the table, put on a good movie and off you go!

KEEP YOUR HEAD (AND INSULIN) COOL DURING THE HEAT

Once you have arrived at your destination, it is time for sun, sea and sand. Lovely summer temperatures every day, but keep in mind that your diabetes thinks differently about this. Warm weather conditions affect your diabetes; your metabolism
can go faster and insulin cannot withstand high temperatures.
To keep your insulin cool, you can store it in a frio-bag. This bag keeps your insulin at a safe cool temperature for no less than 45 hours. Ideal! Due to the necessary swimming pool visits and drops of sweat, the plaster from your sensor can come off faster than usual. A sensorhouder ensures that your sensor stays in place, so you don't have to worry about it anymore.

Finally, keep in mind that in a warm country your blood flow is faster than normal, so that your insulin is absorbed faster. So measure one more time before you go back into the heat. And now it's time to enjoy; happy Holidays!

CHECK, CHECK, DOUBLE CHECK

Do you still want to do a double check? Then view the checklist of the Dutch Diabetes Association. With our Online store we want to make life with diabetes a lot more pleasant. Do you have any further questions or do you want to know more about Diacé's products? Then take contact Contact us and we will be happy to help you!

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