Traveling with diabetes ✈️ From a young age, my parents always took me with them everywhere, even when it came to traveling. The first trip I remember was when I went to Rome with my mother and grandparents. Although I had gone for medical purposes, I remember feeling ecstatic about all the new places I was able to see. It was an amazing experience and I knew I wanted more!
I never knew how much preparation needed to be done before a trip but when I first got the opportunity to travel on my own, I wanted to make sure that I was covered. I got myself letters from my diabetologist to say that I will be carrying insulin pens, pen needles, and needles. I also calculated how many strips I would need as well as pen needles. I took three extra insulin vials and extra pens just in case. It is safe to say, that I took way more than I actually needed! But I was assured that if something were to happen, I would have extra medication. Also, the first two days used to be a bit tricky due to the different foods and amount of exercise, therefore I used to get a lot of lows. However, by getting some information about the location and its food, it was easier for me to adapt my insulin accordingly. Every trip got way easier when it came to my diabetes and I became to love traveling even more! I wanted to travel the world, and actually still do. Nothing can hold you back from traveling. All that you need to do is calculate and prepare, take all the necessary documents from respective health professionals and make sure that you do not forget the extra insulin in the fridge (happened to me once and let’s just say it was one of the scariest things that happened to me). With planning and preparation, I was able to spend 6 months in Brussels for an internship and it was the most amazing experience!
For me, traveling is the best thing any person could do and something that everyone should do once in a while. Diabetes is not a barrier in this scenario, it’s just part of your hand luggage.
Rachel Portelli, Europe YLD, Malta 🇲🇹 #diabetes #T1D #type1diabetes #yld #youngleadersindiabetes #travellingwithdiabetes #travelwithdiabetes #T1Dlookslikeme