Traveling is very good, don’t you think? Hard to find anyone who disagrees with that. In Brazil or around the world, taking a walk through new or familiar places is even good for your health. Some people, however, need to take certain precautions before leaving. This is the case, for example, of people traveling with diabetes.
Taking that break from the day-to-day rush is very healthy, and those who have diabetes are not restricted from that. As with any other radical change of habit, it is enough to do proper planning to ensure that the body continues to function healthy, even in a new environment and with a different routine.
Check out below 8 essential tips to travel with diabetes without having problems!
1. Talk to your doctor first
One of the fundamental steps to prepare before the trip is to talk to the doctor about this trip. In fact, whenever you are going to undergo some radical change in your daily life, it is very important to talk to this professional to make sure that it will not bring problems to your health.
Be sure, for example, to give him the estimated travel time, the characteristics of the destination and the means of transport you will use, such as a car, plane or bus. This information is essential for him to offer you all the advice he can about your needs, based on the conditions of the trip.
And don’t worry: the doctor will hardly ban the trip because of diabetes. Instead, you’ll have health recommendations specific to your frame and background, and you’ll be able to travel with more peace of mind and safety.
2. Test your blood sugar periodically
Those who have diabetes should already be familiar with the routine of performing blood glucose tests frequently. Because, when traveling, it is important that this monitoring continues to happen, so that unexpected problems do not arise.
You can do it as follows: first, test your blood glucose at home, before you travel. Then, schedule yourself to redo it every 3 or 4 hours during your trip.
This test should also be done any time you suspect that you are suffering from hypoglycemia .
3. Take your care supplies
Be sure to take your everyday medications, in addition to the blood glucose meter (glucometer), in your luggage — preferably in your hand luggage, to have easy access to them in case something happens.
If you are going to travel by plane, it is also essential to bring the prescription and a medical statement that certifies your diabetes condition, as well as your need to use insulin and other medicines in your luggage.
In fact, when we talk about these inputs, the recommended thing is to err on the side of excess: always take twice what you need for the period. Thus, there is no chance that you will experience any suffocation during your rest days because a medication has run out ahead of schedule.
4. Take good care of food
During a trip, our habits and routine can change radically. Even so, it is important to take great care to ensure good nutrition at all times.
It is common, for example, that on these occasions the consumption of carbohydrates, sugars and alcohol increases. So, just vary the foods consumed without exaggerating and include fiber in the diet to control blood glucose.
It’s a good idea to always take quick snacks with you during outings, such as cereal bars, fruit, and low-fat yogurt. They can serve to satisfy your hunger in case something unforeseen happens or the next meal takes longer than expected.
5. Take care when driving for long periods
Does your trip involve long hours behind the wheel? If you have diabetes, you also need to take some precautions to ensure good health in these cases.
First, make sure you take frequent stops to stretch your legs and walk around. This helps you to avoid pain and swelling. In addition, as we already recommended in the previous tip, it is essential to save some quick snacks to be consumed in case it is not possible to stop to consume a full meal. They will also serve to replenish lost energies.
6. Keep copies of your recipes
Keeping copies of your medication prescriptions is a very useful thing to do during your day to day life, and even more important when it comes to travel. After all, no matter how much you plan and take the necessary medicine, unforeseen can always happen.
In the case of a lost suitcase, for example, it may be necessary to buy new medicines at your destination. So, avoid keeping these recipes in the same place – prefer to keep them in your own body. If your trip is international, it is also important to have a translation of your prescription and the report that certifies your diabetes.
7. Do physical activities regularly
Your tour cannot be completely restful at all times. To live with maximum well-being and care for your health, you need to ensure that your travel itinerary includes blocks of time focused on physical activities .
In general, the most important thing is to work on your mobility. Avoid, for example, staying in the same position for long periods. Whether traveling by car, bus or plane, it is important to take periodic breaks to walk. Also make sure you wear shoes that are suitable for long periods of travel, that allow you to move around and provide all the comfort you need.
8. Don’t forget about health insurance
In an extreme case, you may need medical help at your destination. Therefore, it is important to be cautious and ensure that you will have access to the necessary structure in this situation.
When traveling through Brazil, find out if your health plan has national coverage or if it serves the specific city where you will be. If you are leaving the country, it is necessary to check if your plan has international coverage.
If these solutions do not meet your needs, it is worth opting for a specific health insurance for that period of the trip. Just consult a travel agency to have access to solutions like this.
Anyway, with some preparation and taking certain attitudes in favor of your health, traveling with diabetes is perfectly possible. So, now that you know these tips, just put them into practice to guarantee an unforgettable trip with your friends or family, with all the well-being you need and deserve!