Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From London, England:

My family and I are going on holiday to South India with our seven year old son who has had type 1 diabetes since he was four. He is taking insulin twice a day morning and evening, and it is the first holiday since being diagnosed with diabetes. Would you please be good enough to give me some do's and don'ts for this holiday?


  1. Do take plenty of supplies including spare pens and a cool bag to keep things in.
  2. Do take a customs letter explaining the need for needles in your hand baggage
  3. Do discuss insulin doses for the flights with your diabetes team
  4. Do expect to reduce insulin doses (by around 20%) on account of the heat and activity
  5. Do take spare food on the journey in case there are delays with meals
  6. Do not put insulin in the hold of the aircraft
  7. Do not expect to be able to obtain anything easily in India, but this will depend upon where you travel.


Original posting 25 Jun 2003
Posted to Traveling


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:46
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.