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1. RE: Traveling abroad with type 1 diabetes
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Posted: Jul-27-05, 12:26 PM (EST)
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Debra,
While I'm T2, I'm looking at the same issues. From what my Doc tells me, all meds better be in the original container with a copy of the prescription. Beyond that, I'd check the airline's website. Many of them have the answers under FAQ. And we're talking to our health care provider to see if or how we're covered.

It's off to London to see the kids and the grand daughter in September. Let us know how you make out. Ok?

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Posted: Nov-01-14, 11:39 PM (EST)
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all of your insulin supplies should be in your carry on luggage. You can call the airline and see if they need to see any type of documentatation like a prescription, but never ever ever have your insulin and other diabetes supplies go with the regular luggage in case it should get lost.


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1. RE: Traveling abroad with type 1 diabetes
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Debra,
While I'm T2, I'm looking at the same issues. From what my Doc tells me, all meds better be in the original container with a copy of the prescription. Beyond that, I'd check the airline's website. Many of them have the answers under FAQ. And we're talking to our health care provider to see if or how we're covered.

It's off to London to see the kids and the grand daughter in September. Let us know how you make out. Ok?

Mike in NY




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2. RE: Traveling abroad with type 1 diabetes
Maycri   Spain
Posted: Aug-04-05, 00:26 AM (EST)
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Sorry for taking so long... couldn't find the website again, he he.

Hello Debra,

I've been travelling to and from Spain for a long time now and I was very nervous the first time I had to do the overseas trip after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Let me reassure you, everything will be fine. My first advice would be to take a cooler along with you (some ice packs in a lunch bag will do)You should be aware that isnulin doesn't last long if not in the fridge so as soon as you board the airplane give the cooler or the insulin to the stewardess and explain that you need too keep the insulin on the fridge. Bring enough strips and insulin to cover your needs while you are there since many countries deal with different insulin formats. I found interestingly enough that Spain is big on mixed insulins pens and that you need a prescription or else...

If your tester breaks, try to go to the farmacy to see if they can replace it or trade it for a new one, but bear in mind that your will want it to work back home too so do your research before you leave, bring a list of possible brand names.

oh, you'll probably know this, but bring a juice box or something in case of a low, sometimes you cannot rely on ppl to understand what you need and europe get pretty expensive sometimes even for a juice box!!

I don't know if your son has one already but you should invest in a medical bracelet stating the diabetes type and maybe subscribe to medical alert (they include a phone number and all the details on your son's medication).

Do you have any specific questions? I really don't know much about support networks but I can answer questions about travelling and such.




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DRBain   United States
Posted: Nov-08-05, 00:48 AM (EST)
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Debra,


Rather than me telling you what I think or heard, Here is the government's website that handles that kind of information.

Go to:

http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/edito...

I hope this helps.



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4. RE: Traveling abroad with type 1 diabetes
flooziecop   United Kingdom
Posted: Mar-24-06, 11:34 AM (EST)
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Hello All
I currently live in England and travel to Europe quite often. I am Type 2, so I don't have to worry about insulin or needles, but I haven't had any problem flying with my test kit. I think that so long as you have everything with a proper script attachment, you should be okay. I have heard that you should probably tell the security people that you are diabetic and let them know what you have in your carry-on before you go through the security checkpoint. Eating, however, is sometimes a bit difficult. What you see on the menu is not necessarily what you think it might be. I ordered a fish soup in Brugge, thinking it would be a safe bet for a dinner. I guess you could say it was, because it was only broth with one tiny piece of fish in it. The next day, I opted for a vegetable soup for lunch, and it was made with Heavy cream. In Berlin, I ordered a tuna salad with no dressing, but when it arrived it was drowning in some kind of heavy sauce. France is just plain dangerous. And Italy, need I say more? Pasta and Cheese Heaven, and I can't indulge. But on the bright side, most hotels provide a buffet type breakfast, and the choices are just amazing. Definitely no problem with that meal. The UK is easy and you should have no problems finding the right meals, although I would advise you to stay away from the fish and chips. I love them, but, major frying going on with that. Good luck, and have fun.



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