• Allow extra time at the airport to get through security with your diabetes supplies.
  • Consider letting your flight attendant know you have diabetes if you’re traveling on a long-distance flight.
  • Your activity levels and eating habits will likely change during your trip. Check your blood sugar often and treat any lows or highs as instructed by your doctor.
  • Keep your insulin cool and out of direct sunlight.
  • Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Make sure your traveling companions know where your glucagon is, when to use it and how to use it.

When you get home

  • When you unpack your equipment and supplies, check for any issues and ensure everything is working properly.
  • Refill any medications that are running low.


Preparation can make a huge difference when you travel with diabetes. The less you have to worry about your diabetes care, the more you can focus on being in the moment and creating memories that will last a lifetime.