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5 Tips for Diabetics on Long Road Trips

Make Your Hotel a Home Away From Home

Whether your accommodations are luxurious or the budget variety, you want to be comfortable and secure away from home. Even though most hotels these days have detailed Web sites, it's worth placing a quick phone call in advance of your travels to explain the particulars of your condition. Often the desk staff won't be able to answer all your questions; don't be afraid to ask for a manager.

"I [talk to] the hotels to check on proximity to the hospital, and check the menus online to find out what type of food they have to see what I might need," Jones says.

Once you arrive, get a current map of the city or town, and if you didn't find out beforehand, ask specifically where the nearest hospital and emergency centers are located. Get two copies, and keep one with you at all times during your stay.

While at the hotel, keep your insulin and all medical supplies, which can be temperature sensitive, out of direct sunlight. If possible, rent a room with a refrigerator for your extra supplies (you should plan to bring at least enough for an extra week, as a precaution). If a refrigerator isn't available, have a cooler well-stocked with ice. Similarly, don't rely on the hotel to provide a satisfactory first-aid kit. Bring your own.

Many hotels and motels also offer fitness rooms, or access to nearby fitness clubs, to help you keep pace with your exercise program. However, that's less likely with quaint inns, bed and breakfasts, or remote lodges. Check beforehand.

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