Information provided by the Department of Endocrinology at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group.

Pack your insulin in an insulated bag to prevent damage. Do not check in your insulin, diabetes medication and consumables. Keep them in your hand-carry luggage.

Follow these steps to help airport security staff process your hand luggage easily:

  • Keep your insulin in their original vials.
  • Pack your medication separately from your toiletries.
  • Have your doctor's letter and prescription on hand.

To store your insulin properly and keep it cool, you need:

  1. Insulated cooler bag
  2. Reusable ice gel packs
  3. Thin hand towel to wrap around the ice gel packs (if the insulated bag has no compartments)

How to keep insulin cool while you travel

Do not check in your insulin. The insulin will freeze in the luggage hold and alter its effectiveness.

Step 1

Put your insulin in the inner compartment of your insulated bag (to be hand-carried with you onboard the plane).

Step 2

Store the refreezable ice gel pack in the pouch compartment. If there is no compartment to store the ice gel packs, place a hand towel on top of the ice gel pack, and the insulins on top of the towel.

Step 3

When you arrive at your destination, unopened insulin pens/cartridges/vials should be kept in the fridge.

See previous page for an essential diabetes packing checklist.

Ref: L20

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