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Vacation question

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Emily2015, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. Emily2015

    Emily2015 Approved members

    Nov 17, 2015
    Dear parents,

    It has been a year since our youngest son was DX with T1at 17 mo... Needless to say it was a year that took a toll on all of us including our other children. Now that we are more or less settled, I would like to take all the kids to a vacation. I found a good deal on one week in Aruba time share (has a kitchenette!) and thinking of renting it... Any piece of advice? It will be a 5-6 hour plane ride... Maybe not a good idea? My other kids are begging me to go!!! I think we all need a vacation... Antibody did this kind of trip with a T1 toddler? Please sarge your wisdom! I am a bit lost.
  2. wilf

    wilf Approved members

    Aug 27, 2007
    I think a vacation is a good idea. :) 5-6 hours in a plane with a toddler could be challenging, but you know your child best. :cwds:
  3. samson

    samson Approved members

    May 11, 2016
    We just did a 6 hour plane ride with our 2.5-year-old T1D and 4-year-old non-D son. The plane ride was totally uneventful.
    My words of wisdom: ELECTRONIC DEVICES!! Our toddler was quiet the whole plane ride watching movies on my phone. Previously, he'd shriek his way to his destination. TSA was pretty familiar with diabetes supplies. Just pack spares of everything -- more infusion sets than you think you need, extra bottle of insulin, more sensors, more adhesives/
    Also, maybe get a FRIO to keep the insulin cold if you keep it with you at the beach.
    Other than that, expect crazy numbers, but don't sweat them too much.
  4. Lakeman

    Lakeman Approved members

    Nov 10, 2010
    Expect some highs when there is little activity - like sitting in a car or on a plane for long periods of time. Maybe up the basal.

    Pack 3x as much of everything you will need. Know before you go where you can get supplies and how you would do that. Know the local hospital and what kind of care they might offer.

    Enjoy and good luck.
  5. dpr

    dpr Approved members

    Dec 17, 2013
    Like Lakeman said, pack a lot more than you need and split it up into several pieces of carry on so if one gets lost or misplaced you still have enough. Redundancy is a good thing with diabetes supply's. And have fun!!
  6. Sarah Maddie's Mom

    Sarah Maddie's Mom Approved members

    Sep 23, 2007
    Yes, go. Vacations should not stop because of Type 1. The flight is no big deal. Mine always ran a little high on overseas fights. The really long hauls are hard but 6 hours is easy. Like everyone said, pack 3x what you need and spit it up between carry on and checked bags (not the insulin, obviously). Contingency planning is the key - if he gets say a stomach bug, have a plan for that so that you don't have to rely on local Docs, but it will be fine :) Go, have fun.

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