Diabetics on trips

Traveling abroad is no problem for diabetics. Only a little preparation is needed. Agree on your travel plans and any necessary adjustment of the insulin dose with your doctor. Important is the travel pharmacy: The necessary for the treatment of diabetes drugs and accessories must be present in sufficient quantity.

diabetes Accessories

  • Glucose meter, lancing devices, lancets
  • snacks
  • Insulin, injection material distributed in duplicate on two pieces of baggage (on board in hand luggage)
  • Medical certificate for customs (need to carry syringes and medicines), preferably a certified translation into English
  • Diabetic passport, diabetic diary
  • Pump carrier: Replacement battery for the pump, spare pens, replacement cannulas
  • Disposable syringes (U40 / U100, depending on the availability of insulin in the holiday country)
  • Test strips (blood sugar, acetone), carbohydrate exchange table
  • Grape sugar and Glucogon emergency set
  • Foot care instruments (pumice, nail file, fatty lotio)
  • Addresses of consulates in the holiday country

General travel pharmacy

  • Disinfectants, gauze bandages, patches and elastic bandages
  • Medications for the treatment of traveler's diarrhea
  • Medicines for motion sickness
  • Medicines for stomach and circulatory problems
  • Fever and pain medication
  • Insect repellent and mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreens
  • Ointments for bruises, insect bites and sunburn
  • Antiallergic drugs
  • Medication in continuous use


Diabetics can and should be vaccinated as well as all non-diabetics. Remember to get vaccinated in time.


To prevent problems with the cutlery at customs, it is recommended for insulin-dependent diabetics to obtain a multilingual diabetic ID card or a medical certificate. Incidentally, the international diabetic ID card is just as important for type 2 diabetics! Even a type 2 diabetic may be reliant on foreign aid for low blood sugar. In addition, a normal accident is always conceivable! The treating physicians must then know that you are diabetic.


In any case take medicines in your hand luggage and distribute them on two pieces of luggage. Then you are in the case of a theft not without the most important things there. Insulin should not be transported in the luggage compartment of the aircraft as insulin can not tolerate the high minus temperatures. Of course, the meter itself must always be at hand. If the device should fail, it is good to take additionally visually readable test strips. Every insulin-injecting diabetic should also take U-100 injections on vacation. Note: some countries do not sell U -40 insulins - even for conventional syringes.


Take a meal that tells you how many BE's are included. It can always come something in between, z. Eg delays, waiting times in the airport. It is also often unclear how the supply will be in the hotel. That's why you go "safe".


Measure your blood sugar more often than at home, because there are so many foreign influences on holiday, to which the organism must first get used to: unknown food, a different climate, a different physical activity, the good mood but also any trouble, all always leads to certain fluctuations.

More tips

  • Take enough of the medication you need to keep in continuous use.
  • Always take your first-aid kit and medicines in your hand luggage!
  • Store the first-aid kit as coolly as possible and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Always keep medication safe for children.
  • Check the first aid kit for expired medicines before you travel.

Enjoy your holiday and stay calm when things are not so perfect. We wish you a lot of fun and good rest!

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