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Travellers With Diabetes

Going travelling? We're here to help.

Can I travel even if I have diabetes?

The first step is to book an appointment with your London Drugs Certified Diabetes Educator to get advice on any adjustments you might need to make to your meal plan or to your medication or insulin schedules. Specially trained Certified Diabetes Educators practice in the following London Drugs locations:

West Oaks Mall
26 - 32700 South Fraser Way
Clearbrook, BC V2T 4M5
(604) 853-6811

Peninsula Village
100 - 15355 - 24th Avenue
South Surrey, BC V4A 2H9
(604) 535-3281

Valley Fair Mall
101 - 22709 Lougheed Hwy
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2V5
(604) 463-0991

Brentwood Town Centre
#400 - 4567 Lougheed Hwy
Burnaby, BC V5C 3Z6
(604) 570-0252

Lethbridge Town Square
110 - 905 First Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4M7
(403) 320-5151

Some helpful tips:

  • Be sure that your medications and equipment are in a separate travel bag.
  • Pack extra medications and syringes, blood glucose testing strips and lancets, an extra monitor in case of a breakdown, extra batteries for the monitor, snacks and glucose tablets.
  • Keep extra insulin (vials or cartridges) and other medications that need refrigeration in the box they came in and put in an insulated container with an ice pack. Make sure the glass does not rest against the ice pack, as it may freeze.
  • Protect glucose strips from heat and moisture.
  • Keep healthy snacks handy in case meals are delayed or appropriate foods aren't available.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly. Differences in your daily routine can affect blood sugar levels.
  • Be prepared to treat hypoglycemia.
  • Wear medical identification jewellery.
  • Well before your departure, check on airline security measures regarding travelling with lancets and syringes.
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