Diabetes can have a significant impact on a person's life, but when well managed, there's no reason why you can't do the same things as everybody else, and that includes going on holiday. As long as your diabetes is under control, or at least manageable, there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy a holiday. However, it's important that you take a few precautions. Below, you will find a number of tips to help you to make the most of your holiday. By following these simple tips, you'll ensure your holiday is as fun as anybody else's.
Make Sure You Pack Enough Medication
A problem that often happens with people who travel with any medical condition, is that they forget to pack all their medication. You should always check and then check again. Make sure that you bring additional supplies, just in case. For example, we were in America during the 9.11 attacks and we had to stay an extra week. It was a good job that we packed enough diabetes medication to last the extra time. Not that we wouldn't have been able to find the medicine in America, but we would have had to pay for it.
Research the Health System In That Particular Country
If you're going abroad, you will need to make sure that you understand how the health system worlds and that you take appropriate action to ensure that you can use the service if needed. For example, if travelling to America, you will need diabetic travel insurance. They will not allow you into the country unless you have the correct documentation and insurance. If you require treatment, and you don't have diabetic travel insurance, then you will have to pay for treatment out of your own pocket or not get treatment at all. Clearly, with something as serious as diabetes, this can have devastating consequences for your health.
You must research the health system before you arrive, so that you know exactly what to expect when you get there. Some places may not have a decent health system, so you will need a back up plan for when things go wrong. However, you won't be able to make plans if you don't know how they work, so research, research, research.
Tell The Airline That You Have Diabetes
if you're flying long haul, you will need your medication in the cabin with you. However, you will need to carry on more than the allowance for liquids. You must inform the airline before you arrive, so that they can make the required safety arrangements that will allow you to take your medication on board. If you don't do this, they will not allow you onto the airplane with the medication in the cabin – they may not let you fly at all because of the risk of you falling ill in the air. They certainly won't allow you to bring your medication into the cabin. With shorter haul flights, this might not be a problem, but with longer haul, it will be.