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Preparation Checklist


Planning your journey or holiday gets you in the right frame of mind to enjoy your trip to the full, and it helps avoid problems on the way.

Here is a checklist to help with this.

Health Checks Before You Go

  • Family Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Podiatrist

Vaccinations

See your Family Health Care Practice Nurse in plenty of time

Documentation

  • Doctors letter
  • Prescription
  • ID
  • Visas
  • Valid Passport
  • Current driving license
  • Contact addresses: National Embassy, Local Diabetes Association etc
  • Travel Insurance

Time Zones

If you are flying across several time zones you will need to plan the effect on your insulin regimen.

Information for Travelling Companions

It is useful if your travelling companions have some understanding about diabetes, e.g. recognising a hypo and what to do - how much will depend on the individuals.

Diabetes drugs and equipment

  • Insulin
  • Flask / Cool bag
  • Syringes / Pen +Spare
  • Pen Needles
  • Needle Clipper
  • Blood Glucose Meter + Spare
  • Test Strips
  • Spare Battery
  • Finger Pricker + Spare
  • Lancets
  • Monitoring Diary
  • BM Sticks
  • Ketostix / Multistix
  • Glucogen Kit
  • Dextrosol / Glucose Powder
  • Addresses/phone no. for supplies on route

Know about:

  • Insulin strengths
  • How to transport insulin
  • Time zones

First aid kit

Depending on where you are going and for how long you could consider some or all of the following items (*discuss these with your clinic):

  • *Painkillers e.g. Paracetamol (for pain or fever)
  • *Antihistamine e.g. Piriton. A decongestant For Colds, Stop Itchiness From Bites
  • *Antidiarrhoea Tablets e.g. Immodium
  • *Antibiotics
  • *Antimalarial Tablets
  • *Syringe Kit - IV Giving Set, Syringes, Needles
  • Motion Sickness Treatment
  • Vitamins / Iron Tablets
  • First - Aid Information
  • Wound Kit - Dressings, Bandages, Tape, Scissors, Antiseptic Solution, Tweezers, Gauze
  • Blister Treatments
  • Re-hydration Treatment - For Diarrhoea
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Suntan Lotion, Sun block, Aftersun
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Insect Repellent
  • Condoms

Conversion table

Blood sugar can be measured in either millimoles per litre (mmol/l) or milligrams per 100 millilitres (mg%). USA. Some EU countries use mg%, take a copy of the conversion table - it may be useful.

mmol/l mg% mmol/l mg%
1 18 11 192
2 36 12 216
2.5 45 13 234
3 54 14 252
3.5 63 15 270
4 72 16 288
4.5 81 17 306
5 90 18 324
5.5 99 19 342
6 108 20 360
7 126 21 378
8 144 22 396
9 162 23 414
10 180 24 432

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