Our expert advice
(by type 2 patient Beverley Munroe)
Diabetics need not be restricted in their activities if they become educated and creative.
Here are some helpful mealtime hints while travelling:
- Carry a thermal bag for your insulin and other medications
- Carry food from your food choice menu with you in your vehicle at all times. Be in control of each situation
- Don't be swayed by others in choices of restaurants, etc.
- Plan your activities so you are freed up at meal times
- Carry a "little something" in your purse or bag for emergencies or "tide you over" times
- Explain your mealtime needs to those travelling with you before you start your journey
- Invite their co-operation
Recently on a trip to Ottawa, my car broke down on the highway. It was several hours from the time of breakdown and towing to repair. Fortunately, I had food with me in the car. This was quite a relief because it made things easier for me.
Not knowing the area where the dealership was and the many hours that I had to wait, I was able to meet my food requirements, thus maintain my blood sugar levels, instead of "swinging", as my daughter calls it.
While in Ottawa, we stayed at a lovely B&B. The owner there was so very gracious in preparing my meal according to my requirements. I didn't even ask for special treatment but she was very tuned in. So, keep that in mind if you will be doing the B&B scene.
So, plan ahead and be in charge of each situation… We too can enjoy our trips and vacations- we just have to be in charge! Happy vacationing!