What to bring on vacation

If traveling by plane, keep a carry-on bag within reach at all times, containing:

- twice as much medication (insulin or oral agent) and supplies, including syringes, as anticipated will be needed;

- all monitoring equipment, including extra batteries for monitor;

- glucagon;

- glucose tablets;

- prescriptions for all medications;

- snacks: crackers, cheese, peanut butter, juice;

- names of physician and/or diabetes association at your destination.

In addition:

- Wear medical bracelet at all times.

- Obtain an American Diabetes Association affiliate identity card from the local diabetes association, preferably a version written in major languages.

- If traveling by plane, insulin should not be checked with baggage because the temperature extremes in cargo holds can diminish its effectiveness.