Diabetes and Children

Travelling or Going Away

Having Diabetes does not stop young people from travelling; it only means they require preparations and planning in advance. With proper care, children with Diabetes will be able to travel and enjoy their vacation.  When travelling with a child who has Diabetes, you need to consider the following:

Helpful tips while you are travelling:

Diabetes Supplies include:

  • Insulin
  • Syringes and needles
  • A glucometer
  • Testing strips
  • Lancets
  • Ketone testing strips
  • Pens and pen needles
  • Pump and pump supplies; if your child is using one
  • Extra batteries for glucometer and for insulin pump
  • A cool bag to store your child’s insulin
  • A first aid kit that contains plasters, an antiseptic, and medications for sick days, etc.
  • A quick source of sugar and snacks
  • Glucagon; if prescribed by your child’s doctor


Hypoglycemia happens when your child’s blood sugar level drops too low (< 4 mmol/L). Signs of hypoglycemia include one or more of the following:

  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Feeling very hungry
  • Cold sweats
  • Having a headache
  • Feeling sick
  • A tingling feeling in the hands, lips, or tongue
  • Difficulty thinking or talking properly
  • Change in behavior