Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
On the Road Foot Care
People with diabetes require special foot care. Follow these tips:
- Pack at least two pairs of shoes so you can change shoes often. Changing shoes helps prevent blisters and sore pressure points.
- Pack comfortable shoes, socks, and a first aid kit to treat minor foot injuries.
- Do not go barefoot. Instead, wear shoes that are specially made for ocean or beach walking. Protect your feet at all times when you are walking by the pool, in the park, on the beach, or swimming in the ocean.
- Do not wear open-toe shoes, including sandals, flip-flops, or others (you increase your risk for injury and infection when your toes are exposed).
- Follow your daily foot care regimen.
Coping With an Emergency When Out of the Country
If an emergency occurs and you do not know where to go, try to reach the American consulate, the Red Cross, or a local medical school. Learn certain phrases in the local language such as: "I need help" or "I have diabetes, where is the hospital?" or "I need sugar."
Another resource for English speakers who need to find medical assistance is the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) (www.iamat.org). IAMAT can be reached at 716-754 4883.