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Your Diabetes Toolkit

Do you find it hard to keep track of your supplies? Make it easy by putting together a diabetes toolkit. Find a small makeup or travel bag. Then fill it with what you need to care for your diabetes. The list of supplies below can help you get started.

What to include in your toolkit

Suggestions include:

  • Extra insulin, syringes, pens, or insulin pump supplies

  • Other medicines you take for diabetes-related problems

  • A letter from your doctor describing your diabetes care, as well as copies of all prescriptions

  • The pharmacy label that came with your insulin. This is needed for air travel.

  • Fast-acting sugar such as glucose tablets for low blood sugar

  • Glucagon for severe low blood sugar, when you can't safely swallow 

  • A blood sugar meter, lancing device, test strips, and a log book

  • Extra batteries for your meter

  • An ID card that says you have diabetes and lists emergency contact numbers

Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Robert Hurd MD
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2018
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