COOLING OPTIONS Once you get
to your hotel, you can store extra insulin in
your room’s fridge, if the temperature is not
too cold. Macgennis travels with a Frio bag to
keep her insulin cool. These compact cooling
Understanding your rights as a
cases are activated by water and do not require
person with diabetes will ensure
refrigeration or ice packs. “I used them for
that you and your equipment pass
four months straight, and I didn’t lose a single
through security unscathed.
insulin vial,” she says.
NO TO X-RAY If you use a continuous
glucose monitor (CGM) or insulin pump, never
Carry plenty of glucose tablets, powders, or
put your device through the X-ray machine,
gels to treat lows both on the plane and off.
says Hamaty—it may cause damage or
It’s especially important not to rely on food
possibly void the warranty. Check with the
sources of glucose when traveling abroad—if
manufacturer to see if your pump or CGM can
you can’t read the language, you can’t read the
safely go through the full-body scanner.
grams of carb per serving.
YES TO PAT DOWN If your device
GLUCAGON Keep this lifesaving
can’t go through the X-ray machine, in the
kit with you on the plane and while you’re
United States, you can always request a pat
exploring your destination. “If you have a
down and an inspection by hand for your
severe hypoglycemic reaction in a remote
device instead. “You have to be ready for
area, it might be challenging to get resources
just about anything,” says Lifshitz. “And you
or help,” says Levy. Traveling alone? Inform the
have to sometimes explain to them ;rmly
;ight attendants that you have diabetes, and
that you can’t put your monitor or pump
let them know where you keep your glucagon.
through the X-ray.”