Travelling with Diabetes


Being prepared before you travel can save you time, money and trouble.  Planning ahead is the key to a successful trip.


Plan ahead

Travelling across Time Zones


For people on insulin, travelling on flights that cross more than four time zones may require a change in your insulin regime/dose to match the longer or shorter day.  If travelling east, hours are lost.  If travelling west, hours are gained. 


It is best to err on the side of caution and run your blood sugars a bit higher than too low on your first travel day.  Stay on local (departure) time and schedule until your travelling is over.  Once you arrive where you will stay, change to the local destination time as soon as possible.    


Your diabetes educator can help you with your insulin regime, or there is a website available to support you in making your decisions:



Air Travel with a Pump


If you wear an insulin pump, your pump may be affected by the metal detectors.  There are recommendations from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) that will help make your travel easier:

For further information on air travel with diabetes, click here


While on Vacation


For more information on travelling with diabetes, visit:


Travel Tips for Diabetes from the Diabetes Canada


Travelling with Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association


Medical Assistance for Travellers from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)