5 Tips for Diabetics on Long Road Trips


Taking in All the Sights

Of course, the best part of travel is enjoying all the sights that a different locale has to offer. Diabetics should feel confident that they can do just that, with proper attention to their condition.

If your travels include physical activity, such as walking tours, hiking, rafting or cycling, stock a cooler with drinks and snacks, as well as your medications. Be aware of how often you go to the bathroom, and avoid dehydration.

Bring plenty of loose-fitting cloths, and comfortable shoes and socks (and support hose, if necessary). "I always [pack] extra socks and sneakers, to make sure Trevor's feet are dry and clean," Jones says. If you're visiting a beach, opt for wearing beach-specific shoes instead of open-toe sandals or walking barefoot (the same holds for the hotel pool).

Keep in mind that popular destinations such as big cities -- Las Vegas and New York City are good examples -- often feature a late-night entertainment schedules that visiting diabetics may be unaccustomed to. Plan accordingly by getting enough rest and staying hydrated with non-alcoholic, caffeine-free beverages.

Young diabetics visiting amusement parks or similar attractions are going to want to enjoy the rides. Parents can allow them with little inconvenience. Again, an ounce of prevention works wonders.

"For attractions, I always stop at the gate and let them know that I am with a diabetic," Jones says. "I show them the medications, introduce them to Trevor, and see what kind of accommodations they might have if needed."

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