{Travel} Packing Supplies

by Leighann on July 16, 2012

Normally we travel as a family by car. When we do, I usually grab our preparedness kit because it contains all the supplies we might need. If we will be gone for more than a few days, I throw in additional test strips and pump supplies.

When Q and I went to Children With Diabetes Friends For Life, we flew. This was Q’s first time on a plane and while I fly somewhat frequently, it was my first time flying with diabetes supplies.

I gathered what I thought were enough supplies for six days away from home, but after chatting with friends on Facebook, I threw in a few more pump supplies…just in case.

I thought I had read on the TSA website or the airline I usually use that diaper bags and medical supply bags do not count as your personal item so I decided to pack all of our supplies separately from our other travel stuff. (I can’t seem to find a link to the exact place where I read that, so don’t take that as gospel!) I picked up a red cooler at Walgreens for $12.99. It is soft-sided, but it had a hard plastic insert. I liked the insert because supplies could be stacked and wouldn’t get smooshed.

Here’s what I packed:

  • Pods (10)
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Q-tips (travel box)
  • Baby oil (travel size, we use it to loosen the adhesive when taking off a pod)
  • Syringes (2 bags of 10)
  • Test strips (4 vials = 200)
  • Blood ketone meter
  • Blood ketone test strips
  • Lancing device
  • Lancets (1 box = 108)
  • Sharps container (empty plastic container)
  • Glucagon
  • Glucose tablets (large bottle plus travel roll)
  • Smarties
  • Cake icing gel
  • CGM sensors (3)
  • CGM charger
  • Tegaderm adhesive (10)
  • Frio cooling wallet (for use at Disney)
  • Batteries (for pump, for BG meter)
  • Small first aid kit plus extra band-aids
  • Small scissors
  • Letter from endo saying my daughter has diabetes and needs to carry these supplies

Packing Diabetes Supplies

Carried Separately:

  • Insulin (2 bottles fast acting, 1 bottle long acting)
  • Small supply wallet (with gel pack to transport insulin)
  • Juice boxes (one brick = 8, transported in my backpack)

Admittedly, most of the supplies came right back home to be restocked in my supply cabinet. But I had them if I needed them. We did have a bad pump site the first night in the hotel which required a couple of blood ketone checks, a fresh vial of insulin, and an extra pod.

Further Reading

Flying the Friendly Skies (Coming Soon!)

Disney With Diabetes (Coming Soon!)

Packing Snacks (Coming Soon!)

More posts about travel

More posts about Friends For Life

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1 Robin B July 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I have a question. Do you pack 1 or 2 (or more) glucagon? I have gone to packing more than one. I have had to use one per the doctor and give mini doses-which used the one and left me with none (doctor was able to get me a script-thankfully there was a pharmacy near by). But I don’t take the chance any more.
Also do you know the difference between Blood ketone vs the urine strips (I use the urine) how do they differ, is one more accurate than the other?
Just curious. Thank you

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2 Leighann July 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I packed one glucagon kit with those extra supplies, but I also have one in the purse we carry with her diabetes supplies. So we had two.

Urine ketone strips show you what was happening about 2 hours ago. Blood ketone strips give real time results. Yes, they cost more. But it’s much easier for us to use the blood ketone meter than try to get our daughter to pee on command, especially at school or overnight.

I wrote a post on blood ketone meters a while ago.

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3 Robin B July 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Okay I guess I need to look or read that post. I am also going to ask my endo about getting one. Because like you said it is hard to get them to pee on demand. Especially at night, my son sleeps so hard he don’t fully wake up to know where he is going-trying to get to the bathroom. So getting him to aim is a challenge in it’s self (he’s 8 years old)

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4 Leighann July 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

There are two brands of blood ketone meters. The Abbott Precision Xtra and the Nova Max one. If you’d like a free Nova Max ketone meter to try out, click on the ad on the right. You can also ask your endo office if they have any samples of either/both meter. Here’s my post where I wrote about it just as we started using one: http://www.d-mom.com/free-blood-ketone-meter/

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5 K July 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

A work of art, that packing 🙂

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6 Leighann July 17, 2012 at 6:16 am

I couldn’t believe I got it all into that small cooler. It was like Tetris, lol!

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7 dvnmama August 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

This is a great list. I’m copying it 🙂
I have to wonder what the TSA thought when they saw cake gel, lol.

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