Fresh tips for stress-free travel
I wear a medical alert wristwatch
when my husband and I are on vacation
because we tend to lose track of time. It
has multiple alarms to remind you to take
your pills, plus you can easily program
it to hold your vital medical info, your
doctors’ info, the contact info of a trusted
friend or family member, and details on
allergies and the medications you take.
In the event that I’m alone and unable
to speak, I have a card in my wallet that
tells emergency personnel to look at my
watch for more information.
My husband and I use insulin pens to
manage our type; 2 diabetes. When
we travel, I pack empty pill bottles to
store used lancets, pen needles, and
test strips. Then, at the end of the trip, I
screw the caps on tightly and throw the
bottles in my carry-on. When we get
home, I transfer them into something
that I can safely dispose of—such as an
old laundry detergent bottle.
Several times I have had low blood
sugar and failed to bring glucose tablets
or candy with me. So I purchased a
small knife/tool case that attaches to
my belt. Now I carry it with me daily
and re;ll the tube with glucose tablets
or Life Savers. I ;led two grooves on
the edge of the plastic tube to make it
easier to remove the cap.
I keep an insulin prescription in
my wallet in case an overzealous
Transportation Security Administration
agent questions my needles. On the
plane, I let the ;ight attendants know
I have diabetes, and I carry a card that
explains what to do if my blood glucose
goes high or low.
A;er taking three shots a day for
42;years, I found a better way to safely
dispose of my used syringes. I used to
save them in a sharps container and turn
them in. Now, a;er I take my shot, I clip
the needle using a BD Safe-Clip. Each
one stores about 1,500 clipped needles
and is quite small and easy to dispose of.
I bought several so that I can keep one in
my travel bag.
Safe and Secure
When I travel, I store meds
in old test strip bottles. They
are sturdy and airtight and
also work for used test strips
or pen needles.
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