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Health Tip: Diabetics, Pack Smart for Holiday Travel

Don't leave home unprepared

(HealthDay News) -- If you're diabetic and preparing to head out for the holidays, take care to carefully pack your medications and supplies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:

  • Pack twice as much medication and supplies as you'll need, in case there are delays in returning home.
  • Pack glucose tablets/gel and some snacks.
  • Carry an emergency contact number, your doctor's name and phone, and your insurance card.
  • Bring a medical identification card that identifies you as being diabetic.
  • Pay attention to time zones and adjust your medication schedule accordingly.
  • Pack an emergency glucagon kit.
  • Pack insulin in an insulated bag with some ice packs.
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