FYI's Health Tip: Traveling for the Holidays With Diabetes -- Diana Kohnle

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(HealthDay News) -- As you prepare for a holiday trip, don't forget to pack diabetes essentials.

The American Diabetes Association offers these suggestions:

  • Pack extra supplies and medication; a good rule of thumb is to pack double what you think you'll need.
  • Keep syringes and insulin in your carry-on bag.
  • Pack supplies for testing your urine and blood, along with extra batteries for your glucose meter.
  • Bring along all oral medications and first-aid meds, such as anti-diarrhea medication, an anti-nausea drug and antibiotic ointment.
  • Wear your diabetes ID bracelet and keep your diabetes ID card on you.
  • Pack a snack in case you get low blood sugar -- such as peanut butter, cheese and crackers, a juice box or some fruit. Make sure they're well-sealed.
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