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Travel checklist for people with diabetes

Rārangi hihira mā te hunga mate huka hāereere

If you're 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're well prepared.



diabetes kit

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

Carry all your medications in your hand luggage. Keep your insulin in as cool a place as possible. Do not 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 from mg/dl to mmol/l (for example, if you're talking to a health professional in a country that uses this measure), divide the mg/dl by 18. To convert from mmol/l to mg/dl, multiply by 18.

Food and fluids

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Written by Christchurch Diabetes Centre. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2022.


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