The new year is here and that means I’m on a countdown until we leave the US for three months on January 14th (ahhhh!). This past weekend involved a trip to REI where I bought an extremely functional (and extremely expensive!) rolling suitcase that converts into a backpack. I also got a quick-drying travel towel, a power outlet converter, and a whole bunch of other little travel helpers. That’s the easy stuff. Planning for diabetes with this trip has been the main challenge.
I’m all stocked up on medications, test strips, and DexCom sensors. I’ve figured out how to pack it so that it’s not too bulky. Jacob will carry half the stash in case one of us gets our luggage lost or stolen. I’m bringing back ups of everything, and translated doctor’s notes. Pretty much everything is accounted for except for one simple but frustrating problem: It’s really, REALLY hot in Asia right now. Like 93 degrees hot. Like hot enough to destroy your insulin.
I’m not worried about transporting my stash. The pens I’m not using will stay in my luggage in a hotel room at a normal temperature. What I’m worried about is the active pens that I take out with me during the day. If I keep them tucked in my purse while we’re touring temples and cities in 90 degree heat, those pens will roast in no time. The obvious answer is to take along a little pouch with freezer packs in it, but A.) I won’t always have access to a freezer to refreeze them and B.) Whatever I take has to be carry-on approved, i.e. small.
I’m thinking the best bet will be to take a small pack with a refreezable ice block. Then I can also take a Frio wallet. Frio wallets are fabric pouches that have crystals in them which can be made cold by soaking the pouch in cold water (which I could always get from a restaurant). For last resorts, I think I’ll take some of those emergency cold packs they have in the first aid section of the drugstore. When you break the crystals in the pack, they immediately get cold. They don’t last long, but they’d absolutely do in a pinch. I used them in Spain when I studied abroad years ago and they worked well.
All of this adds bulk to my travel gear, but I can’t think of any other way to do it – does anyone out there have any other ideas? Leave a comment and let me know if so! Thank you in advance