If you have diabetes, what should you pack with you if you are travelling? The Department of Endocrinology at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) shares a diabetes packing checklist.
Always 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.
Department of Endocrinology at
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
SingHealth group, shares what to pack when travelling overseas if you have diabetes .
Prescription from your doctor
Medik Awas* card
* The Medik Awas card alerts medical personnel to specific medical problems of registrants. It is useful for those with diabetes since it contains important information like your medical conditions and the medications you are on. Speak to your doctor to enroll you in the Medik Awas scheme or visit
www.sma.org.sg for more information.
Injection needles/insulin pen devices
Insulated cooler bag
Reusable ice gel pack
Oral diabetes medications or other oral medications (if any)
Blood glucose monitoring consumables
- 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.
Quick-acting carbohydrates: Fruit juices, sugar-coated jellied sweets and soft drinks (not the diet version)
Slow-acting carbohydrates: Bread, biscuits and crackers
Related article: Hypoglycaemia (Low Blood Glucose): What To Do
See previous page for
pre-departure planning tips.
See next page for information on
how to pack your insulin.
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