So how can you manage travel anxiety and still have an enjoyable trip that allows for spontaneity? Here are my top 5 tips for a seamless trip:
- Figure out what are your travel triggers and do your best to avoid them. I absolutely hate not knowing where I am going to stay the night. Especially if you are on a long trip with heavy baggage. If this is a trigger for you, than just accept it and plan every night. You might loose some spontaneity, but its worth it.
- Bring more than enough of your susupplies. Even if you don’t think you need it, bring it. What can’t go wrong, can always go wrong when you are not prepared. I hate it when my diabetes lack of preparedness affects my travelling partners. It is the worst feeling. Here are a few: Frio cool bag for extra insulin, lithium battery for glucometer, glucose tabs, sets, sensors and Griff Grips if you are on a CGM.
- Snacks – If you watch what you eat, then you know its hard to find a healthy snack in the US and internationally. My favorite go to snacks for travel are Justin’s almond butter (plain w/o added sugar), Epic bars and Lara bars.
- Manage your activities and rest time. Everything is a balance Rest time, down time, reflection time. Bring a travel yoga mat and give yourself a few minutes of alone time to slow down, breathe and have a short practice when you can. 20 minutes can change your energy.
- Keep in mind the environment that you are travelling to. Right now we are in Belize on a beach vacation, so I have gone off of my insulin pump for two weeks and switched to insulin shots. Be sure to start the shots a few days before you leave so you can adjust dosage with the guidance of your health care professional.
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