The Best in Diabetes Summer Travel Gear
Allison Bush | March 29, 2012
Diabetes can be a drag on so many levels, but traveling can take the word vacation and turn it into hell. Injectable insulin needs to be considered because it doesn’t like heat and sun. Pumps can get cranky in the heat and sun, too, and meters can have their own form of a meltdown. But the advances of technology and diabetes products DO NOT have to hamper your summer plans.
The FRIO case
The Frio cases are pouches that have panels that contain crystals and when submersed in water for 10-15 minutes, soften into a gel filling the pouch with a cooling effect for your insulin. Each pouch will hold an internal temperature not greater then 79 degrees. Frio pouches are good in excess of 120 degrees! Insulin can be safely stored in the pouches for up to 45 hours before the pouches need to be immersed in water again.
Blood glucose meters
Most meters can maintain industry standards for testing in heat ranging from 40-105 degrees, but what you don’t want to do is leave them in your car when it is hot. Even 80 degrees gets much warmer in your car, so best is to carry your supplies with you.
With this waterproof bag from Timbuk2, you can carry along all of your diabetes supplies and still look stylish.
Don't forget about yourself!
Remember, heat raises our stress levels and thereby our blood glucose levels. So expect that your blood sugar will run a little higher. However, the flip side of that is that fast acting insulin can often absorb at a faster rate in the heat! So don’t over inject for the higher blood sugar numbers, you could pay for it a little later, best to think this one through with your CDE and/or doc to plan insulin adjustments.
To help lower the body’s natural reaction to stress, drink plenty of fluids. Stick to water with fresh lemon and try to drink at least 64 oz. while walking around for the day. Here’s the list of tips from the CDC on traveling with diabetes!