When traveling with Type 1 diabetes, extra preparation is needed to ensure your trip is snag-free. When my daughter was 11, 2 years after diagnosis, we embarked on a 3 week trip traveling through Europe. In all, we visited 7 countries.
Emily was on the insulin pump by then, which after the initial time zone adjustment, made life a lot easier. Using the insulin pump we were able to adjust basal rates which really helped during those long train rides as we travelled from country to country. The biggest challenge we found was keeping the unopened insulin vials cool. We need not have worried, as the following piece explains.
A 2013 article posted on the American Diabetes Association website titled “Living with Diabetes: Insulin Storage and Syringe Safety” states that whereas insulin manufacturers recommend that insulin is stored in the fridge, once opened, insulin is best stored at room temperature, and is good for around 30 days. Additionally, cold insulin can be more painful when injected.
The Out of Sight Case accomplishes this goal as the light insulation sewn into the cases protects the insulin without the inconvenience of lugging around an ice pack. Other insulin carrying cases on the market promote the use of cool packs which are unnecessary and cumbersome, unless you are traveling long distances for an extended period of time. If so, the Out of Sight Case can still be used for traveling and a small ice pack can be stored in the removable mesh bag inside the case. In order to keep the insulin from getting too cold, the mesh side should be placed away from the insulin vials.
When detached the mesh bag can also be used as an extra invisible diabetes supply case or as an extra pocket to hide travel documents and cash when travelling.
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