need traveling advice please

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   Posted 10/8/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
My dh is going to be travelling later this month in airplanes.  He is finding it very difficult to get the meal logistics all lined up.  For example, he leaves on a 10am flight, has a stop-over for a couple hours at lunchtime, but he will need to clear customs, etc.  How does he get his meal in?  Anyone know if food is allowed on carry-ons?  What would be good snacks for him to bring? 
Thanks for your help :)
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds (which don't work).  Started at 5mg of amitriptyline.
Waiting for referral to rheumy to get a dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....

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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Is he Type1 or Type2? Does he need to carry insulin? Medications?

Best thing to do for travel that I've found is carry a letter from the doctor's office on their stationary stating that I am diabetic and need to carry insulin and listing my other meds. I carried this letter in my testing kit. The kit was in a zip lock bag with a smaller zip lock next to it with 3 or 4 ice cubes. Ice is usually easy to obtain on an airline especially when you tell the flight attendant you need it for keeping your meds cool. This little package goes in my carry on. When he gets to airport security he should state, "I am diabetic and have my testing kit as well as ______ & _____ medicine in my bag. I also have a doctor's letter explaining this." Also, carry extra zip locks in case the ice is confiscated at check in. That way he can get more in another bag once on the plane.

Foods to carry include Zone, South Beach or Balance bars or any "Meal replacement" bar that is considered complete nutrition. (Not the snack bars! They don't have everything he needs.) Almonds are helpful to keep hunger at bay and some chewy caramels or hard candies for low blood sugar should also be packed. He should wear a medical bracelet or neck chain that states he is diabetic in case he should have a low blood sugar incident. On an airplane you can almost always get a quick 1/2 glass of orange juice or a regular cola for low blood sugar by just telling the flight attendant that you are diabetic and need it.

Over eating is preferable to under eating for the travel time so make sure he remembers to fit those meals or food bars in on schedule. (His schedule, not what the clock says as he travels!) Hope this helps.
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   Posted 10/9/2008 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I travel by plane five or six times a year with no problem. I pack all kinds of food in my carry- on. I carry meal bars like Jeannie does and also prepackaged peanut butter crackers, small bags of nuts and M&Ms. Most airports have places to eat after security so no need to check in and out. I can always find enough to eat there. I always ask and get a bottle of OJ from the stewardess to keep by me in emergencies also. I never have a problem with insulin or other meds. Security is used to people with these meds. Definitely wear identification you are a diabetic, especially traveling alone.
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