Packing when you have a T1.

We took a little road trip over the weekend for a family wedding a little over nine hours from here. When traveling with a child with Type 1, there is a whole lot more planning and packing to do than before diagnosis.

Throughout the week, as I remembered diabetic things I needed to pack, I jotted them down in Evernote. (I thought it’d be nice to have a permanent list for future trips.) Here’s my final list:

14 01 t1d packing

After my Target run I got started on organizing supplies. (Side note: I packed a ton of “zero” snacks because my husband is doing a ketogenic diet, so he’ll be munching on those snacks, too.)

blog before packing

In the picture above, from left to right, I’ve got the zeros (nuts & Slim Jims), the bedtime snacks (15-20g each), low treatments (juice & Smarties), and then double the supplies we’ll need (insets, cartridges, needles, syringes, alcohol wipes, test strips, Ketostix, a vial of insulin), plus emergency insulin pens & needles. I also threw in a Dexcom inserter thing just in case his Dex fell out. Oh and an extra meter. I also need to pack all the chargers in the morning.

blog inside bag

It all fits nicely in my large utility tote & tall insert from Thirty One. Luke also has his chest bag stocked and ready to go.

It’s a whole different world traveling with a Type 1 Diabetic. It’s alright. I love that kid with all my heart.


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