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Tue Feb 26 16:22:03 UTC 2013

I will be in UK for 4 wks. I plan to bring enough insulin. How do I get more if something happens to mine?
Asked By: ndolch  
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2013-06-09 09:00:48.0

Dear ndolch ,

Thank you for writing dLife.

Having diabetes should not limit travel. However, there are a number of things you need to consider before your journey, and medication supplies is certainly one of them.

First and foremost bring double the amount of insulin you are going to need. You’ll also need to do a little research and find out the availability and name of your insulin at your destination before you go. Then contact your healthcare provider and request a prescription.

Ideally your insulin will remain safe while traveling and you won’t run out, but if you do you’ll be prepared. Click here for more tips on safe travel.

Bon Voyage!

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2014-01-03 21:19:03.0

If you have insurance, call them and ask about if they provide coverage while you are in the UK. They may cover medical costs, but only as reimbursement. Same with your prescription coverage. Be prepared to pay up front if necessary. Also I packed one set of insulin each in my purse and in a carry-on bag, assuming that surely only one bag would be stolen or lost. Also, before I visited a family member in the Caribbean, I made arrangements with my relative's doctor for in case I needed medical care while I was there. Before I left, I obtained copies of relevant labs and med records, list of med history, complete lists of my doctors with addresses/phone/fax numbers, printouts from my pharmacy, and copy of my health insurance travel info, and my Advance Directive to take with me. I made sure the relative I visited knew where to find this info if needed. I also checked on the website for the American Embassy in the country I visited to get their info about medical care while traveling in that country.
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