It is prudent to pack more insulin and oral diabetes medication in case your journey is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The same goes for other diabetes supplies such as blood glucose monitors, test strips and lancets.

"Do check that all your diabetes medication and consumables are not expired," say ​nurses from the Department of Specialty Nursing at the Singapore General Hospital, a member of the SingHealth group.

Diabetes medication:

  1. Insulin
  2. Injection needles/insulin pen devices
  3. Alcohol swabs
  4. Insulated cooler bag
  5. Reusable ice gel pack
  6. Oral diabetes medications or other oral medications (if any)

Blood glucose monitoring consumables:

  1. Glucometer
  2. Batteries
  3. Test strips
  4. Lancing device
  5. Lancet
  6. Recording log sheet/book

Snacks to cope with hypoglycaemia:

Changes in your travel itinerary or transportation delays can affect when you have your next meal, and in turn, your medication. It is important to have carbohydrate foods available at hand to treat hypoglycaemia. Have a variety of carbohydrate snacks at hand.

Suggestions include:

  • Quick-acting carbohydrates: Fruit juices, sugar-coated jellied sweets and soft drinks (not the diet version). These quick-acting carbohydrates will raise your blood glucose level rapidly.
  • Slow-acting carbohydrates: Bread, biscuits and crackers. These are especially important if it is going to be a long time before you next consume a meal containing carbohydrates.

Travel documents:

  1. Travel memo
  2. Prescription from your doctor
  3. Medik Awas card

See previous page for pre-departure planning tips.

See next page for information on how to pack your insulin.

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