any diabetics (I know there has to be at least a few...) especially Type 1's ever have trouble bringing and then using their blood glucose meter and/or insulin and needles on a cruise? care to share any experiences with me?
I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. I have cruised on Carnival Conquest and have carried my supplies and meter in my carry-on tote with me and have had no problems. You can request a sharps container, but I usually take a small plastic container with me for all my sharps/disposables that I carry off the ship with me at the end of my cruise. I have a waterproof pouch that I purchased at Academy Sports to put my pump and meter in to protect them from water/sand.
If you have a letter from your doc and let the cruise line know in advance, I don't think you will have any problems. But, if you have to fly to the port, that might be a different story, especially because of the most recent terrorist attempt on a plane. You might need to check your supplies for the flight, if that is feasible for you.
I am a Type 2 diabetic, for last 21 years. I always take my meds, meter, test strips and needles in my carryon. Ihave made 33 trips across Atlantic, and 3 trips across Pacific.
Also 5 cruises.
I carry a letter from my doctor, a wallet card listing my meds, and a Medi-Alert charm around my neck.
I have never had any problem crossing borders (Israel-Egypt)(Israel-Jordan)(china-Mongolia)(Mongolia-Russia)(Mexico)(Costa Rica)
Never have had a problem. Problem is usually finding a fridge to put meds that need to be kept cold. Used medical office on NCL Norway, minibars elsewhere, small fridge on desk on NCL, and the bar fridge on a Danube cruise. I also carry a small plastic sharps box about 6-inches long.
When flying, I use a small special pack with pockets for freeze packs.
Just think ahead, and make sure you have everything you need.
Hey, You need to follow the following step while you are traveling in the cruise
Things that you should bring with you:
* Bring your doctor's name and phone number and keep it with you at all times.
* Bring a list of current medicines and keep it with you at all times.
* Always carry and wear medical identification that states that you have diabetes.
* Keep medicines, syringes, and blood sugar testing supplies in your carry-on luggage.
* Take enough medicines and medical supplies to last an extra week in case you get stranded or stay longer than you planned.
* Have a traveling companion carry some of your medical supplies, if possible.
* Always carry some type of sugar source in case you develop hypoglycemia.
* Inform the airlines, cruise ships, and tour guides in advance that you have diabetes.
* Test your blood sugar more often than usual.