Skip to main content

MyDoc Tuesday Tips: Bon voyage travel checklist to better manage your blood sugar


Regardless of whether you're going on a short excursion or taking off on global experience, travelling abroad with type 2 diabetes needs a detailed customised travel plan for a bon voyage. Here's a quick checklist for you to manage your diabetes so you can enjoy your trip fully.

Pre-Travel 
1. Visit your doctor 
Consult your doctor 3-4 weeks prior to travel with a detailed itinerary. Plan a pre-travel, during travel and 24-hour pos-travel medication regimen. Collect at least 2 copies of your prescription for medications available in your destination country in their preferred language.

2. Pack your supplies
Double up on your medical supplies and sugar snacks in case you feel hypoglycaemic during travel. Pack half your medicines in your carry-on luggage and a half in your check-in baggage. If using insulin, pack it safely along with an ice-pack in an insulated bag.

3. ID card 
Make an ID card or buy an ID tag that you can wear, with clear information. Include your name, age, medical conditions, medications, allergies, emergency contact number.

4. Plan your meals 
Plan a checklist of snacks you can carry with you during travels and a list of meals to choose from that are easily available at the travel location. Make a list of the nearest grocery stores, restaurants and cafes. Pre-book a diabetic-friendly meal if available on your flight. Ensure you hydrate well through the trip as dehydration is one of the leading cause of hypoglycaemia.

During Travel 
1. 4 things that must be accessible  
Prescription letter from your doctor for security checks along with your medicines. Read up on the travel guidelines for medications for your visiting country. Keep your snacks accessible both for the light and be prepared for delays as well. At all times, your ID card must be easily accessible.

2. Train your buddy 
Let your friend or colleague or family member know your symptoms of low and high blood sugar so that they can help you when needed or reach out for help at the right time.

3. Check your blood sugar 
According to a study published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, 10% of travellers with type 2 diabetes experienced hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). Travelling leads to changes in mealtimes, activities and sleep schedules, which in turn causes changes in blood sugar levels. Eating a snack when needed and hydrating yourself with water is imperative to maintain your blood sugar.

Post-travel 
1. Foot care 
Check your feet more often for swelling, numbness and dry skin caused due to air travel. Moisturise your skin and keep your feet elevated if swollen around the ankles. Choose cotton socks and comfortable footwear that you have already broken into.

2. Check your blood sugar 
A study published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and metabolism states that almost all individuals who travel across multiple time zones at a time tend to experience physiological symptoms such as lack of sleep leading to headaches, drowsiness during the day, tiredness, stress, inability to eat right at mealtimes or indigestion, nocturia and jetlag, all of which may leads to unexpected changes in your blood sugar. Thus, checking your blood sugar more often, especially before and after each meal, will alert you of both hypo- and hyperglycemia.

Planning ahead of time ensures you are equipped with all your supplies to help you manage your diabetes on a holiday or a work trip. For a personalised travel checklist, please reach out to our team of doctors and health coach at MyDoc to help you manage your diabetes so you can enjoy your trip fully.

MyDoc healthcare team,
Claudia, dietician

Popular posts from this blog

Tuesday Tips: Haze survival tips

Over the weekend, the Pollutant Standards Index in Singapore has reached 3 digits, the first time in 3 years! As a rule of thumb, anytime the PSI goes into 3 digits, it's bad news.

We can't control the weather, but we can give you a few tips to help with minimising the effects of air pollutants on our eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

(picture from www.theonlinecitizen.com)
1. Stay indoors. 
This may be obvious, but yes, close the doors and the windows or any openings that may let dirty air sneak in. Turn on the air conditioner or the air purifier (if you have one). Your electric bill won't thank you, but it's better than getting a hospital bill. Avoid outdoor activities - you can always join a gym if you're afraid of missing out on your cardio.

2. Wear appropriate masks.
A lot of us commute to work and it's inevitable we will be breathing in the air outside. Surgical masks won't be able to effectively filter the air pollutants, so grab yourself some respirators…

Prudential, MyDoc to launch online doctor consultations, telemedicine services to Asian consumers

HONG KONG, CHINA - 5 August 2019 - Prudential Corporation Asia ("Prudential") today announced it will partner with telemedicine provider MyDoc to offer consumers access to value-added health services on their mobile phones, including doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions and electronic medical certificates. Prudential is a leading life insurer and asset manager in Asia with over 15 million customers and £151 billion in assets under management. Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is a leading digital healthcare provider in Asia. MyDoc's services will be integrated into Pulse by Prudential, the first app of its kind in the region offering holistic health management to users. Pulse features self-help health and wellness tools, a symptom checker powered by Artificial Intelligence, and other value-added services. The Pulse app will launch in 11 markets across Asia, and can be downloaded for free. MyDoc offers patients a video consultation with a doctor through Pulse…

Singapore's MyDoc, UK's Synergix Health to jointly offer telemedicine services across Europe and Asia

SINGAPORE telemedicine provider MyDoc is teaming up with UK digital healthcare firm Synergix Health to jointly provide telemedicine services across Europe and Asia, the companies announced on Monday. Synergix and MyDoc will provide online and in-person medical advice to a combined user base of close to 500 corporate clients, through the integration of their digital platforms and patient networks. Users will be able to access the services round-the-clock, in several languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa and Hindi. “Through this partnership, patients will be able to experience coordinated management of their health conditions, order repeat prescriptions, and connect to licensed clinicians through telemedicine services, all with zero interruption of service across Europe and Asia,” said Vas Metupalle, co-founder of MyDoc, in a media statement. Bayju Thakar, co-founder of Synergix, added that his company was thrilled to share its expertise in providing seamless access …