|“I got back a few months ago from a year away travelling and working overseas. Although there was some extra organisation involved in transporting pump supplies, I managed to do and see some amazing things all over the world - central and south America, US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. At this stage, diabetes hasn't stopped me from doing anything that I've wanted to do! Some of the places were a little rough and out of the way but with careful preparation you can do anything.” (Anonymous)
Travelling overseas and seeing the world is a dream of many young Aussies. Diabetes does however require a little extra planning before you head off.
If you are travelling on planes with insulin and syringes there are some regulations to follow to get you through airport security hassle free. You should also be aware of security measures for taking medications and liquids on a flight. For further information please refer to the information sheet Travel & Diabetes.
As a rule, you should always travel with your NDSS Registrant Card and a letter from your doctor. Also make sure you check with the embassy that you are travelling to if you are leaving the country as each country has different rules. Get on the net before you leave and print off a list of hospitals or contact the embassy in the area you’re travelling to find out about the health system there, just in case. It’s also best to check with your doctor if any vaccinations are needed as well for where you are headed. Smarttraveller.gov.au provides useful information on travelling to different destinations.
Medical insurance is a must if travelling overseas. The paperwork and extra premiums are well worth it.
You will need to take care when travelling with insulin. Plus flying long distances can also mean a break in your normal diabetes routine.
Talk to others and find out how other people have managed diabetes on an overseas adventure. Best advice? Think ahead and imagine the ‘what ifs’ and plan for them.
Here are some tips on travelling for people living with type 1 diabetes.
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