Traveling with Diabetes is Not a Deal Breaker When You Prepare!

BY: - 4 Nov '14 | Lifestyle

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November is ‘American Diabetes Month.’   It’s the vision and goal of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to raise awareness levels of the many issues surrounding the disease and the people it impacts.

The statistics are staggering. Almost 30 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes.  86 million Americans are pre-diabetic and at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  My Mother, Carrie Lee Fuller was diagnosed with diabetes late in life and being her feisty self, she never let her having diabetes slow her down or stop her in any way.  I remember her taking her ‘survival kit’ as she called it with her everywhere.

Whether it’s on her daily travels to pick my nephew Tyrone up from school or on a trip to her favorite Atlantic City casino with her girlfriends, Carrie Lee had her homemade diabetic survival kit tucked away in her tote-bag.

Mama Fuller was a wise woman!  The ADA strongly suggests that travelers with diabetes pack the following essentials (especially when flying):

  • Extra syringes
  • Backup supply of insulin
  • Extra testing strips
  • Alcohol swabs for disinfecting finger stick/injection sites
  • An extra glucose meter and extra batteries
  • Extra glucose tablets
  • A glucagon emergency kit

Included in your supplies should also be a few snacks that don’t require refrigeration/cooling.  Snacks like:

  • Whole grain crackers
  • Granola/trail mix bars
  • Rice cakes
  • Peanut butter crackers

Travel can sometimes be problematic and cause you lengthy delays thus making it very important to keep your diabetic supplies close at hand in your carry-on bag.  Since checked luggage can be exposed to extreme heat or cold temperatures, never pack your backup insulin in your checked luggage.

If you are flying, write your name and seat number on your supply kit and ask the flight attendant to store it for you in the refrigerated cart.  TSA and the American Diabetes Association have worked closely to ensure that all travelers with diabetes can have their supplies on the plane without hassle.  To speed the TSA process pack your supplies in separate, clear-sealable bags and have the prescription label for devices on hand just in case there’s a question. If you have an issue due to traveling with your supplies and medicine please report it to TSA Cares 1-855-787-2227 and the American Diabetes Association as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-342-2383.  Click here to check out the American Diabetes Association tip/fact sheet on air travel and diabetes.

Happy Travels!

BMWK: If you or a family member have diabetes, how does that effect your travel?  

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations


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How I Feed My Family 7 Days a Week and Still Keep My Sanity

BY: - 5 Nov '14 | Lifestyle

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This is part of a sponsored campaign with McDonald’s®. All opinions are my own.

Our oldest is 21 years old.  So, yes…I have been planning meals for people other than myself for 21 years now.  And feeding your family is an activity that never ends. The only reason it’s not a 24X7 activity is that they have to sleep sometimes…right?  Wrong…our oldest son is a night owl and I swear I hear him in the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning.

So as the person that is responsible for our family’s meals, I’ve had to come up with a system that allows me to not only keep my family fed, healthy and happy, but also keep my sanity.  Here are 6 tips that help me keep errrrrbody happy, including myself…



  • I plan my meals. When I go to the grocery store, I know which meals I’m going to cook. I don’t just grab meats and a bunch of ingredients and hope that it all comes together.
  • I use my crock-pot.  I know you have one…so dust it off. Or, go get one.  There are crock-pot recipes out there that will take care of your entire meal (throw the meat and veggies in there…walk away and violá…dinner is done.) And you should have enough for more than one day. Which leads me to my next tip.
  • I make enough for leftovers – I don’t cook a new meal each and every day. If I plan this right, I only have to cook 3 to 4 days out of a 7 day week. Every week I am making a big pot of something… spaghetti, home-made chicken soup and vegetable soup, or chili. This will cover at least 2.5 meals.
  • A bag of salad is my saving grace. I make sure I get a bag of salad when I am grocery shopping.  In my case, I get a bag of mixed greens and a bag of baby spinach and I mix them.  We have a large family… so this will last us for at least two meals.  I pair the salad with a rotisserie chicken, a lasagna, or even baked or barbecue chicken.
  • I have go-to spots. As I said before, there is no way I cook dinners 7 days a week. So there is at least one day of the week where I am going to take a break from it all and treat the kids to one of their favorite places like McDonald’s®. McDonald’s® makes my kids happy…very happy…every time without fail. And it makes me happy to see them choosing the apple slices and the side salads (yes …those weekly salads that I serve have paid off in that they are now making their own healthy choices at school and at McDonald’s®.) And, this leaves me to my final tip.

McDonald’s Happy Meals come with choice of apple slices or Yoplait Go-GURT Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt, and your choice of fat free chocolate milk, low fat white milk or apple juice.

  • I focus on the moments that matter. I want my kids to remember that we ate together for dinner almost every night of the week. I want them to remember our dinner conversations that consist of lots of jokes, getting caught up on what’s happening in school, and discussing plans for the weekend. And what I don’t want them to remember is a tired, stressed out mom.  So I try to balance preparing them meals with making sure that I am emotionally available to spend quality time with them in the evenings.

BMWK – if you are responsible for your family’s meal planning, what process have you come up with to balance keeping everybody happy, including yourself?

Disclosure: Thank you to McDonald’s® for sponsoring this post and for always being there over the years when I’ve needed to focus on what really matters.  All opinions are my own.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 528 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.


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