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Are you travelling this long weekend?


Travelling with diabetes

During the Easter break, hundreds-of-thousands of Aussies take to the roads to enjoy the long weekend. We want to remind everyone to stay safe during their travels. If you are living with diabetes, it’s especially important to keep a close eye on your blood glucose levels and how you are feeling overall.

Tips for driving

  • Carry your meter, strips and hypo treatment with you. They should not be left in the car. The heat and light will damage them.
  • Carry fast acting and long acting carbohydrates in case of a hypo.
  • If you feel unwell and your blood glucose level is high, it’s important not to drive.
  • Take breaks and remember to check your blood glucose level every two hours on long trips.

Learn about diabetes and driving in this guide.

Tips for flying

  • Place all your medication, insulin, Glucagon, delivery devices and testing equipment in your carry-on luggage.
  • Keep your diabetes supplies where you can reach them immediately during the flight.
  • Wear some form of medical identification that says you have diabetes.
  • If you use an insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor, declare it at the security checkpoint and inform security staff that your device must not be removed.

Learn about diabetes and flying in this fact sheet.

If you have any questions about travelling and diabetes, give us a call on the NDSS Helpline 1800 637 700.

Have a great break everyone, and be safe!

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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