The On-the-go T1D Kit

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The “T1D On-The-Go Kit” is the extra back-up of supplies that you may need if your car breaks down or you’ve forgotten something when you’re on the go — it could be for a sporting event from home, in the car for your work commute, at the studio, gym or any other place you frequent. It is not intended for long duration emergency care that you find in the Natural Disaster Emergency Kit. This kit should go with you when you’re on the move and used in the event that you need something extra.

Remember:

Use any bag that is easy to identify, secure and has enough space to hold everything. You may consider getting a waterproof or insulated bag. It is a good idea to label your bag with name and medical ID as well as contact details. Consider getting a system like Tile to keep track of your bag and locate it in case it gets lost.

Diabetes Travel Essentials


Blood Glucose Meter

The go-to device for testing your blood sugar levels.

Insulin

The American Diabetes Association recommends packing a 3-day supply. Include short-acting as well as long-acting insulin. When insulin is kept cool at the recommended temperature of 36° F – 46° F, it will last until its expiration date. Unrefrigerated insulin can be stored at a temperature between 59°F-86°F and may be effective up to 28 days. Don’t forget to rotate supplies so that your emergency kit does not contain expired products.

A Cooler

(Optional) Include 4 reusable ice packs to keep insulin cool. (FRIO makes insulin pouches that cool when submerged in water.) Never use insulin that has been frozen.

Syringes and/ or Pen Needles

Both deliver insulin; it depends on what’s your instrument of choice. If you are on a pump you should carry emergency needles and insulin vials, or an emergency pen in case of failure. Also, carry extra syringes for mini glucagon shots.

If You Use a Pump

Pack extra reservoirs (object that contains insulin dose) and infusion sets (tubing used to deliver insulin). Remember to pack insulin and syringes should your pump fail. Pack extra batteries as well.

Batteries

Pack batteries and chargers for all devices. Power up!

Numbing Cream

This is to help soothe pump or CGM site areas prior to insertion.

Alcohol Swabs

To clean skin surface before testing blood glucose or administering injection of insulin.

Bandaids and Medical Tape

Just in case you need to dress minor wounds or secure devices.

Lancing Device with Lancet 

Device that contains lancet (small, sharp object) to prick skin for blood sample.

Containers

For disposing of used syringes, needles, and lancets. An empty water bottle can do.

Test Strips

Item that collects your blood sample and then is inserted into your blood glucose meter for reading blood glucose levels.

Ketone Testing Products

This is for testing your urine for ketone, a chemical produced when there’s a shortage of insulin in your blood. The presence of ketone in the urine means the body is using body fat for energy instead of glucose because not enough insulin is available to use glucose. You can either use a ketone meter or strips.

Fast-acting Carbohydrate

For treating hypoglycemia pack hard candy, fruit juice, regular soda, glucose tablets or gels.

Glucagon Emergency Kit

Injectable form of glucagon (available by prescription) and used to treat severe hypoglycemia. (Opposite of insulin.)

MedAngel ONE Thermometer 

MedAngel ONE is a solution that helps you to keep your medications at the right temperature. It consists of a wireless smart sensor and a mobile App. The sensor is placed with the medications, it continuously measures the temperature and communicates with your phone. The App alerts you when the temperature approaches or exceeds the safe range for your medications.

Medicine and Healthcare Details


Medication

A few days’ worth of any prescription or over-the-counter drug that’s a part of your regimen. Make sure medicines are clearly labeled as to what they are. Include a list of all prescriptions and a copy of your health insurance details in case you need to refill them.

Medical Details

A complete list of all medications you take and when you take them. Include any medication allergies. Also, list your physician and emergency contact information.

Medical Identification

Diabetes tag or medical bracelet that indicates that you are a Type 1 Diabetic

Hospital Details

Locate the nearest hospital to where you are staying that also takes your insurance.

EXTRA: Want to know the “Daily Diabetes-Care Kit”? Click HERE

TAKING OFF: For an in depth guide to travel click HERE