Managing Blood Sugar While Traveling

Managing Blood Sugar While Traveling

When you have diabetes, it can be challenging to maintain your schedule of eating, blood sugar testing, and medication during travel, because your daily routine is disrupted and you’re away from home.

Here are a few tips that can help keep your blood sugar in check when you’re on the go:

  • Talk with your doctor about your travel plans and discuss whether you need to adjust your medication and blood sugar testing schedules for traveling
  • Research nearby restaurants and grocery stores in your travel destination so you know your healthy options for meals and snacks
  • If you are taking a long car trip, test your blood sugar before leaving. If it is 70 mg/dL or below, eat or drink something that will raise it quickly, and wait until your blood sugar is back at a normal level before getting behind the wheel. Check out the Low Blood Sugar Checklist for tips on how to get through an episode of low blood sugar
  • Pack more snacks, drinks, and blood sugar testing supplies than you think you will need, so that you are prepared in the event of travel delays. Store everything in an easily accessible carry-on bag
  • Always wear a medical alert bracelet when traveling


Etie Moghissi, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Etie Moghissi is a clinical endocrinologist involved in patient care in private practice in Marina del Rey, California, as well as an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and is a member of the board of trustees of the American Collage of Endocrinology.

As a clinical endocrinologist, I treat a number of people with type 2 diabetes and know that managing the disease can be a difficult undertaking. The initial diagnosis is often overwhelming and many patients do not realize that high blood sugar levels over time can lead to serious long-term complications.

That’s why I’m working on the Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals program to provide you with clear tools and missions that encourage you to know your A1C and talk to your diabetes healthcare team (including your primary care provider, endocrinologist, and/or diabetes educator) about setting and attaining your blood sugar goals.

By working with your diabetes healthcare team, you can develop an individualized treatment plan and learn more about how lifestyle changes, such as meal planning and physical activity, and medication, when prescribed, all play key roles in helping you reach your A1C goal and blood sugar goals. For more advice about type 2 diabetes management and the importance of teaming up with your doctor, click here.

I am very excited about Get to Your Goals and hope that you find it to be a helpful resource. I know how important it is for people with type 2 diabetes to work with their diabetes healthcare team to set personal goals and a plan for achieving them, and that’s exactly where you’ll start with the first mission of Get to Your Goals – Gather Intelligence.