Diabetes Travel Letter for Pumpers

Traveling with diabetes can be smooth sailing if you're prepared. Be sure to carry this travel letter on you wherever you go, just in case.


To Whom It May Concern:

__ (Date of Birth) ******_******, has Type 1 Diabetes (previously called Juvenile Onset) and wears an insulin pump. The pump delivers insulin continuously and must be worn 24 hours a day. This device has been prescribed and determined to be medically necessary for this patient. Removal of this device can lead to coma or death.

This patient must also carry an emergency kit to care for the insulin pump and diabetes at all times. This kit includes supplies for the insulin pump, blood testing equipment and low blood sugar treatment items:

  • Glucose meter, lancing device, lancets, test strips
  • Pump batteries, infusion sets including insertion needle and cannula, reservoirs/cartridges (including a needle), IV Prep, alcohol sponges, vials or cartridges of insulin
  • Backup insulin delivery system of insulin pen and needles or syringes or backup pump
  • Glucagon, a prescription drug to treat profound low blood sugars causing unconsciousness
  • Glucose tablets or gel to treat low blood sugars
  • Snack foods and non-caloric fluids

Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic disease, there is no cure and it is not "outgrown". It is essential that this patient be in possession of these items of medical necessity at all times, including all modes of transportation when traveling. If there are questions about the care of this patient, please feel free to call the office, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, at 202-476-2121. In an emergency, after hours or on weekends or holidays, please call the diabetes physician on-call, at 202-476-5000.

The Diabetes Team at Children's National

Dr. Audrey Austin, Dr. Fran Cogen, Dr. Paul Kaplowitz, Dr. Priya Vaidyanathan, Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Dr. Rinku Mehra