Top Travel Tips
That Parisian life tho ...
So, I haven't quite mastered that je ne sais quoi chic, but voilà, here are my best travel tricks & tips after my first trip abroad with #T1D. 💁🏻🎒✈️
Pro-tips: Travel Edition
1) Stick to routine for the "big things" like timing of insulin dosing, sleep & balanced meals, but don't let rigidity ruin your fun. When in Paris, taste & savor les baguettes , les croissants et les crêpes, just remember, your diet can't go on vacation too at every single café. I promise, there will be more croissants in your lifetime.
2) Always bring more supplies than you think you'll need & keep them in your carry-on tote. Call me the world's heavyweight suitcase champ 💪🏼, but I'd rather be overly prepared. I'm talking extra insulin (Frio packs are the real MVP for temperature control), glucose tabs, glucagon, sensors, tape, needles💉, meters, test strips, ketone kit, yada yada. Have a doctor's note stating you're a walking pharmacy (aka type one) to avoid hassles with TSA. As diabetics, we're actually allowed to bring juice thru security & it really feels SO rebellious.
3) Be vigilant about monitoring your sugars. Whether you drop low from all that exploring, or go high from a big dinner, test yo'self then adjust accordingly. Even with a CGM, I would still check my BGs the old fashioned way to ensure that my numbers were within range. With so many new variables, fluctuations are bound to happen- try not to be too hard on yourself if they do. Live, learn & move on.
4) Lastly, traveling reminded me that diabetes is an art of trial & error, not perfection. It can puzzling, complex as well as something beautiful. I guess it's basically the Mona Lisa of diseases... something I'll never fully understand