Over the weekend Pete and I took a quick overnight trip to New York City. I love travel adventures, but packing really stresses me out. I know I’m a chronic over-packer. And even still, I’m always terrified that I’m forgetting to pack something very important. Of course, in reality there is very little I could forget that I couldn’t live without for my time away. But diabetes supplies . . . . well yes. Some of those things I quite literally could not live without.
A while back I got the idea to keep a small travel pack ready with about everything I need, diabetes-wise, for a quick trip away. I pulled out a small clear bag I picked up one year at Friends for Life and tucked in a bunch of supplies.
Here’s a closer look at what I keep inside.
It’s filled with spare Tegaderm, IV prep wipes and alcohol swabs, a new vial of test strips, two AAA batteries and the wall charger for my meter, an infusion set and reservoir and two full travel packs of GlucoLift. All I need to do is throw in a bottle of insulin and I’m good to go overnight or for a long weekend, because I know I also always have more test strips, batteries, low treatments and supplies for a full pump site change in my purse.
When I return home from a trip, I restock the bag before stowing it in the drawer where I keep my diabetes supplies. Knowing it’s organized and waiting makes packing a bit less stressful. I also like knowing it’s ready and easily accessible if I ever need to quickly leave the house in an emergency situation.
Our weekend trip was a quick one, but Pete and I had a fantastic time walking around the city, eating a wonderful dinner, finally seeing Wicked on Broadway (something I’ve been dying to do for a very long time and it was more than worth the wait) and just sharing an adventure together. Travel should be all about the fun and not about the stress, and my pre-packed travel bag helps fend off some of that travel stress.