Documenting your diabetes

Documenting your diabetes


You may want to consider carrying another form of ID that shows you have diabetes, such as medical ID jewellery or a printed card with ID, medication and emergency contact information. This isn’t essential, but it can be helpful if you end up needing emergency care.

You should try to carry a prescription and a letter from your doctor or diabetes clinic stating what you carry and why you need to carry it. Customs and security have had issues with people carrying syringes, needles and insulin pumps in the past, but everything should be fine if you have a documented medical need to carry it.

Medication and Hypo Treatments

Medical liquids are exempt from the 100 ml container rule, but you’ll have to declare them and have documentation from a doctor stating that you need to carry them. This also applies to liquid or gel carb sources; you might want to look into alternatives for easier travel. 

Dextrosol tablets are ideal for travelling. They can, however, become hard and impossible to eat in humid conditions. Carry them in an airtight container or bag if this is likely to be an issue.


You should be ready to present your insulin and supplies when you get to security, along with your doctor’s letter and prescription. Keep them in a separate clear and sealable bag, They may be X-rayed or go through security scans separately from the rest of your luggage.

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