Plan Ahead! Bring 2-3 times the amount of insulin and associated supplies that you use:
If you are a pump patient:
- Test strips
- Pens and pen needles
- Extra meter
- Insulin pump supplies if you use a pump (reservoirs and site inserter if necessary)
- Fast acting carbs to treat low blood sugar
- Ketone strips
If you are flying:
- Bring back up long lasting insulin (lantus or levemir) in either a vial or pen. (Don't forget syringes and/or pen needles!)
- Have your provider write you an insulin plan to use in the case that your pump should fail.
- Keep a copy of your current pump settings on you at all times.
- Some pump companies provide the use of an extra loaner pump to bring along on trips outside of the continental United States to use in the event your pump fails. Call your company or go online to their website at least one month in advance to see if you qualify.
- Bring a travel letter (link to forms with travel letter).
- Pack all supplies in carry-on luggage.
- Any prescription medication including insulin must have a label so keep the box the insulin came in and bring it with you.
- The pump should not go through airport x-ray machines (ok to pass through metal detector).
- If full-body scanner is being utilized at airport notify authorities of use of medical device prior to walk-through.
- It is safe to wear pumps in full functioning mode during air travel.
- It is safe to fly with your CGM in use on commercial airlines however if asked by airline personnel to turn the device off you must comply.