Using Insulin Abroad

If you are a diabetic, travelling and holidays ought to be planned in advance and advice ought to be sought from your GP whenever necessary.

You need to discover what kinds and strengths of insulin are available where you are travelling to (refer to Diabetes UK or the relevant pharmaceutical company for advice).

The insulin used in the UK as well as many other countries are of strength U-100. In certain countries insulin can come as U-40 or U-80 strengths; they are not interchangeable. You need to use the relevant syringes should you use them.

Insulin needs to be kept cool and out of direct sunlight.

Insulin ought to never be allowed to freeze. Therefore, when travelling by air, insulin ought to always be carried in the hand luggage.

Insulin can be absorbed quicker in warmer climates. Regular glucose monitoring is important, to allow any adjustments in dose to be made safely.