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Your Diabetes Tool Kit

Do you find it hard to keep track of your supplies? Make it easy by putting together a diabetes tool kit. Find a small makeup or travel bag. Then fill it with what you need to care for your diabetes. Keep the bag with you on an airplane. Don't check it with your luggage. The list of supplies below can help you get started.

Diabetes toolkit showing log book, glucometer, insulin pen, medication bottles, insulin, glucose tablets, lancet, test strips, syringe, medicalert bracelet, and ID card.

What to include in your tool kit

Suggestions include:

  • Extra insulin, syringes, pens, or insulin pump supplies

  • Other medicines you take for diabetes-related problems

  • A letter from your healthcare provider describing your diabetes care, as well as copies of all prescriptions

  • The pharmacy label that came with your insulin. This is needed for air travel.

  • Fast-acting sugar, such as glucose tablets or raisins for low blood sugar

  • Glucagon for severe low blood sugar, when you can't safely swallow 

  • A blood sugar testing meter or continuous glucose monitor, lancing device, lancets, alcohol wipes, test strips, and a logbook

  • Extra batteries for your meter

  • An ID card that says you have diabetes and lists emergency contact numbers

Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Rita Sather RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Robert Hurd MD
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2022
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