My wife and I recently signed up for a 6-day trek through some amazing countryside in Tasmania (the Overland Track for those Aussies on the forum). It should be an incredible trip and we are really looking forward it. However, this will be my first time doing something like this with diabetes, so I wanted to see if anyone out there has any experience or advice on how to manage diabetes on multi-day outdoor trips.
I was diagnosed with Type 1/LADA in Feb 2016. Prior to that I wouldn’t have thought twice about a trip like this. I’ve done Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro, multi-week river trips, etc, but all before I was diabetic. Like a lot of people out there I try not to let diabetes control my life and impact what I do. But I’m still nervous about the trip and how I will control my blood sugar.
Obviously my main concern is getting too low when I’m out in the wilderness. Should I decrease my basal dosage? Decrease the amount I bolus with meals? Snack more often while we’re walking? Do all three things? What do you do to stay healthy while you’re in the outdoors?
Also, any advice on handy gadgets for carrying insulin pens while on an extended trek is always welcome. I have a Frio, but don’t love it and would upgrade it there were something better.
Thanks for the help!