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Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/27/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, All!

Hope you're all willing to give me all the advice and suggestions you may have for a Type 1 flying internationally (Canada to USA) and going to Disney World for 7 days.

It's exciting that it'll be our (hubby & I) first vacation in a decade but I'm nervous about all the uncharted territory as a Type 1: air travel/ border crossing, walking all day, rides, food, etc.

A few questions some of you might help with?

1. can I bring food in my checked luggage? I.e. unopened nuts, protein bars, etc.
2. can I bring some water/food on the plane (especially if I have a doctor's note)?
3. any good suggestions for items to bring with us into the parks?
4. any tips on air travel with meters, insulin, lancets, etc.?
5. any thoughts on how blood sugars tend to act/react to some of the "exciting" rides?

I'll have to carry both my insulins with me and was thinking of buying a Frio wallet. Anyone have one that can share experience with it?

I'm also looking for some good walking shoes. Any suggestions? I tried a pair of Dr. Scholl's that had these "energy enhancers" that help with momentum and the gel pockets are really comfy. Any thoughts?

We just booked our holiday so my mind is now trying to go down the list of things that need to be considered. Any help with suggestions, thoughts, opinions appreciated :-) Thanks.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


LanieG
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   Posted 10/27/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kris, I'm sure there are several members who have traveled with their meds including type 1s, and I hope they pop in with their experience and advice.  In the meantime, there are several websites that deal with travelers who are diabetic including this one:
 
 
Some airlines have their own advice on their websites as well.  As always, having your doctor's prescriptions for the meds is very important.  I hope it's a fun trip.
 
 


Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

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Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/27/2007 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Lanie! Thanks for the info link. Although similar to what I'd been checking out, I hadn't been to that particular site.

I'm thinking maybe having a whole separate bag in my carry-on that'll house all my diabetic needs might not be a bad idea. Meaning food, empty pop bottle for used needle tips, all my meds, etc. Might be easier to justify if I run into problems with liquids or the size of packages or whatever they might give me a hard time with. Even though the flight is about 3 hours, we have to be at the check-in counter 3 hours early (for international flights), plus driving time to and from airports... I'm trying to calculate all my needs during that hectic schedule.

I'm excited and nervous at the same time :-)

Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


LanieG
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   Posted 10/27/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   

I'll bet!  Gee, it's like traveling with a toddler, so many things to pack and remember and a lot of "just in case".  From what I gather, it's important to let the airline know beforehand.  I'm sure that by now these people at security have seen many many travelers with different sorts of medical supplies, diabetic and others.  Sometimes the weekend is slow on the Forum but I know that others have traveled with their meds and supplies.  Hopefully, you'll get some experienced travelers and tips soon.

When are you going?
Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/27/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
We're going mid-January so, there's some time to get organized before then. We're getting our passports together this week and my next appointment (end of November) with my Endo should have all the necessary documents completed (I hope).

That's actually one of my concerns....what specific forms need to be completed by my doc (in order to allow me to carry food/drink that might otherwise not be permitted).

I guess I get caught up in some of the vague wording like... when they mean prescription... is that the label on the box of needles/insulin/etc. or do I need an actual prescription as if I were to fill it at a pharmacy?

I'm looking to cover all the bases :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/27/2007 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Phish,
For shoes I would recommend "New Balance" athletic shoes. And the higher the number on the back of the shoe, the more support they offer. New Balance shoes are the choice of physical therapists who have to be on their feet all day. I'd get them in November and wear them on and off for a few weeks, then wear them every day for most of December so they are nice an broken in.

about bags, some airlines will only allow one carry-on bag so be choosey about what you bring. Also, I wouldn't advise an empty pop bottle for needles unless the airline says it's ok. Many public restrooms now offer needle disposal bins. Ask your airline. I am only a type2 but I experienced a low blood sugar episode while flying and the flight attendant was able to get me a small glass of orange juice almost immediately. As long as you have your glucose tabs along with you, you should be ok. Amost any airline, all you need to do is mention that you are diabetic and they are very helpful.

That's all I can offer for help. Hope you enjoy your trip in January.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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gelchick
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   Posted 10/28/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kris
 
I'm just a type 2, so I don't carry insulin- but I travel a lot for my job. I always pack an extra stock of supplies (lancets, test strips, meter, medicines). I take a similar pouch in my carry-on bag and travel with prescriptions for my medicines (in my handag- which I cram into the carry-on). I also pack advantage protein bars and glucose tabs in my handbag in case I need sustenance. The TSA checkers are very familiar with insulin and insulin paraphenalia- I always tell them up-front that I am a diabatic traveling with supplies. I have a pair of earth shoes that are airplane friendly- I do not remove my shoes at the security checkpoint. I had one testy person give me some flack at the arizona airport- I gave her the phone number of my doctor's office and my cell phone- told her that I would sue her and the TSA if I got any infection from their filthy floors, since my shoes were metal free - her supervisor informed her that folks did NOT have to remove shoes if they went through the detectors.  One of my colleagues travels to Europe and the the far east and is an insulin user (type 1)- so takes very long International flights frequently. She also carries 2 sets of supplies and extra prescriptions (in fact, she gave me that advice)- I don't think she has had difficulties- she does try to travel at night, and adjusts for time changes gradually (but that won't affect you - right?)
I'm sure you're going to have a great time!
 
sandy
 
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


Phishbowl
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   Posted 10/28/2007 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice on the shoes, Jeannie. I was just starting to look at New Balance so I will definitely look into them more :-)

Thanks for the hands-on advice about the folks at the airport, Sandy. They're just the kinds of things I'd like to be prepared for. A friend of mine suggested making photocopies of prescriptions (to hand to various airport/customs folks) but, I'm not so sure about that.

Great point about the shoes, too! I hadn't thought of that. Last thing I'd want at the start of a "walking" holiday is a foot infection!

Anyone know if there's a problem with insulin going through x-ray? Some sites say yes some say no. I'm going to ask for a manual search nonetheless, but I just wondered if anyone knows for sure?

I figure the airport will be my biggest hurdle about the trip so that's the part I'm most concerned about. They'll be no food service during the flight and the Ottawa airport is small enough that, once you pass through security, the lounge has a tuck shop and a coffee & donut shop as food options. I'm hoping to be able to bring through a sandwich or something more substantial than a protein bar. It'll be at least 6 hours before food options become available.

No worries for time zone shifts - just possible nasty weather at that time of year playing havoc with schedules (ahhh, gotta love winter :-)

Thanks for all your suggestions and advice!

Kris
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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