I just returned from a one month trip to Europe with the husband on business. We travelled to the UK (England and Scotland) and to France (Paris). Because we travel so much, I searched high and low for the perfect packing solution for all of my diabetes supplies and really couldn't find any on social media or websites that fit my needs. Throughout the years, I have tried every possible solution known for packing and preparing for travel. I think I have pretty much perfected my routine over the last 2 years when we have significantly ramped up our travel. This routine and packing solution has withstood any and all trips we have taken across the U.S. and throughout South America, Central Europe, and Eastern Europe for periods of a few days up to a month and I think is pretty transferrable to almost any adult, teen, or kid traveling with diabetes.
I'm so excited! My parents are taking us on a family trip this winter and this time it's to Belize and Honduras which was booked through an awesome promotion with the Princess Cruise Lines. With only a few days left to pack, I've been obsessed with making sure that I have all the right gear since this will be the first time that I will be in the deep ocean snorkeling while using an insulin pump and the Dexcom. To monitor my blood sugars while I'm in between hikes on the beach and jungles to get to the waters, I'm planning on wearing a Dexcom sensor and taking along one of my old Dexcom receivers just in case of water damage. Since I'm not exactly sure on how many meters deep the Transmitter for the Dexcom can handle, I'll be snorkeling mostly at the top surface of shallow waters for this trip.
Here is how I'm preparing to protect my expensive diabetes electronics and gear!
1. Patagonia 60L Bag: $119.00 - This duffel bag is water resistant and made for the rugged outdoors. It also has backpack straps attached to it so that you can carry it on your shoulders like a backpack. I'll be using this bag for my excursions to the beach and to our snorkeling and cave tubing sites. The water resistance is really appealing to me. Since there's a chance of downpours, it will help add extra precaution in keeping my valuable diabetes gear safe from the water! Admittedly, while I probably didn't need this bag, having played with it for a while, I'm absolutely in love and it is my new go to carry on bag.