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Travel checklist for people with diabetes

If you are travelling internationally, you need to plan and make sure you have everything you need before you set off. Use this checklist to make sure you are well prepared.



diabetes kit

You may need to adjust the amount of insulin you take if you are changing time zones, going somewhere hotter or colder than you are used to, or going to be more or less active than you usually are. Contact the Diabetes Centre or your GP if you need advice.

Carry all your medications in your hand luggage. Keep your insulin in as cool a place as possible. Don't keep insulin in the glove box of a car. You should store your insulin in an insulated container to protect it from extreme temperatures.

Check with your airline for up-to-date rules about carrying medications on flights. If you want to know more, visit the Aviation Security Service's website (the information on essential medicines is halfway down the page).

Testing equipment

Some countries use mg/dl on their meters. If you need to convert to mmol/l (for example, if you are talking to a health professional in a country that uses this measure), divide the mg/dl by 18.

Food and fluids

airline food

Other useful items

Written by Christchurch Diabetes Centre. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2019.


Page reference: 178807

Review key: HIDIA-21832