Well, hello there. I'm new to the TuDiabetes community! I've had type 1 (possibly LADA...?) for four years. I love to travel. I was actually diagnosed while studying abroad in Chile. Thankfully, I am in good health with no complications thus far. Recently, my husband and I decided to do a 10-day group trip to Peru and Bolivia. I'm excited to be returning to South America for the first time since I was diagnosed, but apprehensive at the same time. Ever since my diagnosis, I've had the opportunity to travel throughout the US, the Caribbean and Europe, but I still inevitably get pre-trip anxiety when it comes to planning out the logistical details of traveling with diabetes.
One thing that frustrates me almost more than anything else about traveling with diabetes is keeping my extra insulin cool. I still have not found an efficient way to do this. I do not need basal insulin, I just bolus with Humalog. In the past what I've done is used freezer packs combined with instant cold packs and/or bags of ice inside a cooler to keep my extra supply cool until I get to my destination. That part is complicated because, of course, the cold packs tend to only cool for a couple of hours at most...for overseas travel, I usually have to find some way to get a baggie of ice or something in the middle of the journey to cover me for the rest of the trip after the cold packs have warmed up. Then once I arrive, if I'm staying mainly in one place, I try to make sure ahead of time that the hotel is equipped with refrigeration. For this upcoming trip to South America, although the guides have assured me that we will have refrigeration at each hotel, we will be changing hotels several times during the trip, which means I will need lots and lots of cold packs for the traveling between destinations...and preferably the access to a freezer at some point to re-freeze my freezer packs. The whole business of it just makes me want to say, 'the heck with it.'
I'm curious if anyone else has ever dealt with this issue in an easier/more cost-effective way? Maybe I'm being too worried about keeping my spare supply cold...I'd just prefer not to let it go to waste if I can avoid it, but it might be more hassle than it's worth. Frio packs won't do the trick...the insulin has to be maintained at 36-46ish degrees Farenheit until use. If anyone has any input or suggestions, I'd much appreciate it :)