Hello! <3 I am about to travel to South East Asia. And since my last trip I have gotten myself an insulin pump. I am just wondering do people think it would be easier whilst travelling to back back to insulin pens? Would it be easier as there would be less luggage to carry around?


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I’ve travelled/backpacked several times with a pump. The only trouble I had was with the original large Omnipods - they kept falling off from the heat in the Middle East. I was always able to squeeze supplies in without sacrificing room for anything else really.

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At the very least it is prudent to always have a backup. So what do you do if your pump fails while on travel? Yes, even with a pump it would be prudent to bring syringes and/or have backup pens. In general, pens and/or syringes and vials will be more resilient and easier to replace while on travel.


Remember to reset the time on your pump to account for time difference overseas. I agree with Brian, ALWAYS have a backup source of insulin.

I have travelled both with a pump and on MDI, and personally I find it easier to travel with a pump for several reasons. I can adjust or even suspend the basal to accommodate varying or unpredictable levels of activity. It’s a breeze dealing with time-zone changes compared with half-doses of long-acting that always seem to send your sugars out of whack for a day or so. I find if I’m eating in a public space (Southeast Asian street food – yum!) bolusing with a pump is easier and more discreet than injecting with a pen (others may think the reverse – it’s a very individual thing). And I’ve always travelled light, so the “bulk” of pump supplies has never been a problem, and supplies are very light to begin with.

Pump or injections, a challenge at this time of year will be keeping your insulin in a safe temperature range. Many people swear by Frio bags (search on this site).