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Has anyone traveled with an insulin pump?   If so how did you figure out how many infusion sets to take?  When the virus ends I am planning to take a 30 day cruise and travel before in Denmark.  I chanbge infusion sets every 2-3 days but then there a times that there are problems. I will be traveling with an extra pump and extra sensors.   I am looking forward to your replies.

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I can't answer your question from personal experience, but I have researched this question previously.   You might have already done some research beforehand; however, here are some links for your information:









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  • 4 weeks later...

I've been travelling with a pump for years.


#1 is to pre-fill the insulin reservoir tanks. That cuts loads of plastic and bulk.  Include a flattened insulin box with the prescription label in the baggie.  I usually keep ONE of the plungers and ONE of the blue two-way needle, in case I need to refill one.   Do not overfill them... remember that on the plane, they will expand slightly due to changes in air pressure, so leave some space.  I haven't had one pop yet, but still.


#2 Consolidate test strips into fewer containers or teeny baggies.  (Craft stores have little bitty ones).


#3 Experiment with a snack size Pringles can for infusion sets.  I put each in a snack-size baggie, and can carefully put several in the canister without bending them up.  Carefully.


#4 But the darn (Medtronic) CGM and the huge insertion tool... pack as they are. I try to stack the packets smartly in a larger baggie, but am always frustrated by the amount of space they waste.


Bring extra batteries for the pump and the CGM charger and glucose meter.  I need AA, AAA and button batteries, and hate to spend a fortune on junky stale batteries on board.

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Thank you so much,  When we can cruise again I want to go to Norway probably on an English ship.  Because of the distance from the US I will probably be abroad for 3 months.  Your Ideas for consolidating all of the supplies is brilliant.

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