For me, it is all of these emotions plus much more!
See, when I was younger I never really had an issue with flying and I loved going on a plane, but it all changed after one flight a few years back.
On a 10 hour flight home, I had a really bad low about 30mins into the flight...
We all know what happens when you go low.
I was irritated, hungry, frustrated and just wanted to get off the plane (even though I knew this wouldn’t be a possibility)!
The only option I had was to have my juice and force myself to sleep because I knew that it was the one way I could get through the next few hours!
Anyway, a few years down the track, now, before I board a plane I have to psyche myself up!
Sounds crazy and some have told me I’m nuts, but, I have a fear I’ll go low on a plane and I do not want that feeling again!
This leads me to my rant about being prepared for anything!
Packing for a trip, whether it is for a long weekend, week break or month away is always the exciting part for most, but, image having type 1 as well!
Trying to know if you have enough supplies?
Have you forgotten something?
What if something happens to your pump or you get sick?
You literally have to run through every scenario in your head.
I recently went overseas and I thought I would write a list of everything that is needed, or potentially needed, to share with you so you can tick things off!
I am a big list person so I actually found this helpful as well.
I didn’t have a low on the plane this trip, but if I did, I would have been prepared again!
When traveling, I strongly recommend carrying your supplies onboard.
You might have to explain yourself to security and/or customs but remember, you’re the expert in your own condition.
Every country has their own processes and regulations although if you are clear about the reason and why you need certain supples, together with having medical letters, you should be fine.
For example, my hypo treatment is juice so I always carry poppers with me.
Through customs you cannot take more than 100mL of liquids with you. I ensure that my poppers are in my diabetes supply bag and highlight it is for medical needs. Some officers have questioned me and asked me to either drink it, throw them out or explain that I will need to have a full body and baggage scan, including drug swabs. Although it is an inconvenience, I opt for the body check and drug swabs. I cannot help but laugh when they
make comments such as ‘can you just drink the juice?’. Seriously?!
So, nevertheless, I hope the travel checklist is useful!
Don’t forget to triple check you have everything just before you leave!