Travelling with Diabetes
Insulin should be stored at 2 - 8°C in your fridge until it expires. It should never be frozen nor should it be used after it’s defrosted.
Insulin can be stored out of the fridge as long as the temperature is below 25°C and it’s used within 28 days. After this time it should be discarded. It’s important to keep it out of direct sunlight and to not leave it in a hot car.
Safely carrying insulin and all your daily diabetic supplies (blood glucose meter, lancets, wipes etc.) is made easier by using one of our insulin storage cases. There are a variety of sizes, colours and styles to choose from. Some have a cold pack in them (refer to the 15-25°C Insulin & Medicine Carry Cases tab) and some don't (refer to the Diabetic Carry Cases tab).
In addition, there are cases that keep insulin (and other types of temperature sensitive medicine) cold between 2 and 8°C. These cases are especially convenient if you’re travelling in a hot country and are worried your insulin might get warmer than 25°C (refer to the 2 - 8°C Medicine Carry Cases tab).
Flying with Insulin:
Obtain a letter from your doctor explaining you have to travel with insulin and the necessary diabetic supplies that go with it. The letter should mention the insulin must be kept cold hence the inclusion of the frozen cold packs.
Keep your insulin and lancets / pens in the original packaging with the prescription sticker.
Keep your insulin and diabetic supplies together in a storage case in your hand luggage. Never check it into the hold as the temperature in the hold can go below freezing.
*This article is for information purposes only and is not medical advice. Always follow your doctor’s medical advice and seek medical help when necessary.