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Travel and Diabetes (just in time for spring break!) – Colleen Gladstone, C.D.E., March 28, 2012
colleen@unity:
 Welcome to the Unity Diabetes Online Community! I’m Colleen Gladstone. We’re glad you could join us for our latest online chat. We’ll be discussing the ins and outs of traveling with diabetes.
 colleen@unity:
 Before we get started let me just tell you how we’ll address your questions and comments today. I answer questions one at a time, in the order that they are posted to the site, and there might be a slight delay as I respond to each question. It may take a few minutes for me to type answers to your questions, so please stay logged-in to the chat to see my response, even if it takes a few minutes. And you might need to refresh every few minutes to keep up with the latest posts in the chat if you switch to another computer.
 colleen@unity:
 Also, if you have questions not directly related to today’s topic, feel free to ask – we want this session to benefit you in any way possible! Let’s get started.
 colleen@unity:
 To get us started, here are a couple of tips. It is always a good idea to bring twice the amount of supplies or medication you would normally need for the time you will be away. That way, if your return is delayed for any reason you will have plenty on hand.
 colleen@unity:
 And don't forget to bring extra batteries for your meter or insulin pump!
 colleen@unity:
 If you are traveling by plan and you use insulin, it is a good idea to call your airline and ask what their requirements are. Airlines typically want to be notified in advance if you are carrying insulin supplies on board. It is recommended that you have a letter from your doctor with your prescription information. It is also a good idea to keep your insulin stored in its original package with the prescription label visible.
 sassy35:
 Will my meter set off metal detectors in the airport?
 lucyblue:
 Hi Colleen. The Transportation Security Administration website lists guidelines for people traveling with diabetes and other medical conditions or "hidden disabilities" at http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1374.shtm
 colleen@unity:
 Hi sassy35. It is best to inform airport security that you have diabetic supplies with you, so they can be screened.
 colleen@unity:
 Thanks lucyblue! This website provides valuable information for travelers with diabetes!
 colleen@unity:
 Another good tip is to pack your diabetes supplies and meds in your carry-on luggage. This will help to avoid temperature extremes and possible loss!
 colleen@unity:
 That’s all the time we have for today. I’ve really enjoyed our conversation and hope that I was able to provide some insight for you. If we didn’t get to your question today or if you think of another question later on – feel free to jump into the conversation in the forum, or submit a question using our “Ask an Expert” feature.
 colleen@unity:
 Hi Rainbow! Any questions before we wrap up?
 colleen@unity:
 Be sure to join us for our next chat on Wednesday, April 18 at 12 p.m., featuring Karen Baker: Your Diabetes Care When in the Hospital.
 
 
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