Travel/On Tour

How should you and your family prepare for travel?

  • Always plan ahead. Bring plenty of insulin, blood test strips and your meter.
  • Be aware that lack of normal activity while sitting in a car or train may raise your blood sugar, and you may need more insulin.
  • Bring food with you. Try to keep your schedule of meals and insulin consistent but be prepared if that is not possible and have extra food and supplies with you in case.
  • Most children get in trouble with their diabetes when they are out of town and they and their parents have not thought of everything ahead of time. You should wear an ID bracelet or necklace saying you have type one diabetes and are on insulin. In case of an accident, an ID bracelet or necklace can give doctors information to help you in case family members are not there. When trips are planned well, the whole family will have an enjoyable time.
  • Carry a sturdy box with diabetes supplies including the following items:
  1. Adequate supply of insulin
  2. Extra vials and cartridges in case one should break
  3. Syringes and pen needles
  4. Meter and test strips
  5. Record book
  6. Telephone number of your doctor
  7. Telephone number of a nearby hospital that can care for a child with diabetes.
  8. Snacks
  9. Thermometer
  10. Medications for fever
  11. Alcohol to clean cuts and wounds
  12. Bandaids to cover cuts
  13. Antibiotic cream for cuts
  • Also remember to carry all of your supplies including medicine, glucometer, hypopack, and any other supplies that you need daily. Always carry spares with you.
  • Managing diabetes on tour is just like managing diabetes at home or at work.
  • You have to be careful while carrying your medicine and anything related.
  • In public such as on trains and on buses, make sure that you always personally carry your supplies. Do not put it on another compartment of the bus or train. If it feels embarrassing or causes trouble, do not worry about other people, only focus on what works best for you.
  • Note: If flying, do not check-in your insulin box. Keep it with you in your carry-on luggage. You can get a note in advance from your doctor that allows you to bring these supplies with you on the plane.


Information and images from are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE.  You can access the book here:

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