Type 1 Diabetes Community
A guide for adults with type 1 diabetes

Roam the World and Travel Successfully

Type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from doing amazing things. Many people with type 1 diabetes travel the world extensively, staying healthy and happy on their journeys. The key to a successful trip is pre-planning and preparing for possible eventualities. 


Visit your health care professional for a checkup before you leave. Discuss your itinerary with them, and work out a plan for meals, medications, and an emergency plan.


Have your health care professional provide you with a letter that states you have type 1 diabetes. This letter should include information about your insulin regime, your devices, any medications, and any special instructions, in case you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate with local doctors. 


Consider wearing something that identifies that you have type 1 diabetes. The MedicAlert Foundation has coverage across different parts of the world.


Travel insurance is a must. Make sure your plan covers pre-existing conditions like type 1 diabetes, and includes hospital cover.


Take more than you think you need in diabetes supplies in case of theft, loss, or accidental destruction. Make sure you divide your supplies and pack them in more than one place, in case you lose a bag on your trip. Always ensure you have enough supplies in your carry-on luggage. Make sure you know how to keep your insulin cool while you are travelling.

There are many other things to consider before you head off on your trip. If you are interested in connecting with someone who has travelled with type 1 diabetes and asking them practical questions about their experience, please contact the JDRF support page and submit a request.

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