Six hour flight

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I have the getting through airport security down, but I'm wondering, what's the best way to transport vials of insulin on a long flight. I've not travelled enough since my diagnosis to be sure what to do with the insulin. Should I put it in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack and carry it on or will it need more? I'm leaving Seattle at 9 am and arriving in Honolulu six hours later which is noon local time. I can deal with the eating issues and the jet lag but I don't want my insulin to go bad. I know I have to change my infusion set at least once on this trip, maybe twice. What do you normally do?
Posted about 11 years ago
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There are small insulated containers that are made just for this purpose. You can check them out here, the Be Pampered Boutique: http://www.diabetessisters.org/get-pampered?task=view. I used to use mine religiously when I traveled, but over time, I have just started sticking the insulin in my purse. I haven't had any problems so far.....but, I am interested to hear what others have to say on this subject....

Brandy
Posted about 11 years ago
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Thanks for the suggestion Brandy. I haven't travelled at all since my diagnosis and of course I decide to make my first trip a huge one. I think I'm going to get an insulated bag/organizer that will fit in my carry on. I know I can keep everything cool enough that way and keep it all in one place if the security folks want to inspect it all. I've also printed the TSA's rules for diabetic supplies and I think I'm going to put it in with my supplies. I'm just very paranoid about something going wrong. I'm going to be under a major time crunch getting through the airport. The in laws arrive an hour and a half before I leave and we are exchanging keys, kids and the van at the airport. Thank goodness I have another adult going with me in case they are running late.
Posted about 11 years ago
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I'm like Brandy, I just carry my insulin in my "diabetes gear" bag in my purse or carry-on. I haven't had any problems with my insulin going bad either. I have found that as soon as you mention "type 1 diabetes" to security that they are very understanding and usually just let me through reallly quickly. I just have all my diabetes stuff (pump infusion sets, insulin, a needle, test strips, etc...) all in one clear bag so they can easily see it all, and I make sure my insulin is in the box with my name on the presription, but I've NEVER had anyone look at it. Usually it's just my pump they ask about and again, as soon as I tell them I'm diabetic they wave me on through.

Have a blast in Hawaii! I'm a little jealous!
~Laura
Posted about 11 years ago