Diabetes Emergency Supplies
For emergencies, have on hand:
- Medical alert ID (such as a bracelet, necklace, or card) that says you have diabetes
- Emergency contact information
- Emergency preparedness supplies
The American Diabetes Association recommends storing 3 days’ worth of diabetes supplies in case of emergencies such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, or blizzards. Depending on how you manage your diabetes, this could include diabetes pills, insulin and insulin supplies, extra batteries, and quick-acting sources of glucose, as well as standard supplies such as food that doesn't spoil, and water.
Store these supplies in a waterproof container in a place where you can get to them easily. You may want to keep a set of emergency supplies at home, work, and in your car.
Skin Care Supplies
Diabetes can affect every part of your body. Prevent dry skin and tend to cuts or other wounds right away -- it can help prevent infections and skin conditions. These items can help you care for your skin:
- Mild or moisturizing soap
- Skin moisturizer
- Antibiotic cream or ointment (if your doctor advises using it), sterile gauze, and paper tape or cloth bandages for cuts
- Mild shampoo
Foot Care Supplies
Take good care of your feet to help yourself avoid foot problems that people with diabetes tend to have. These supplies can help:
- Toenail scissors and an emery board or nail file
- Mirror, if needed, to help you inspect your feet daily for cuts or blisters
- Seamless, padded socks if you have nerve damage in your feet
Dental Care Supplies
Diabetes raises your chances of getting gum disease and other dental problems. Keep these supplies handy for daily mouth care:
- A toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles, which are less likely to hurt your gums than the stiffer bristles on a standard brush
- Fluoride toothpaste
- Dental floss, to clean away plaque and food from between teeth and below the gum line
Replace your toothbrush when the bristles are worn, or every 3 to 4 months.