My “Must Have” Packing List for Traveling with Diabetes While Sick

Posted by sean on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:27 in


Sean talks about his community outreach efforts in Kyrgyzstan and the role diabetes played during his trip.

After spending two weeks in Kyrgyzstan during a horrible cold and flu season back in the U.S., Mollie and I learned a lot about the most important items to bring while traveling with diabetes. Especially knowing that Kyrgyzstan is still developing in many ways—including their medical facilities and infrastructure—we prepared for the worst and then put those supplies to good use.

Between Mollie being sick on the way over to Kyrgyzstan, and me catching that sickness a couple days into our trip, we were so glad to have pre-planned for something like this to happen. After discussing with each of our doctors on what would work best for us, we paid special attention to anything that could interact with diabetes (for me). Here were our top five items to pack:

  1. Hand sanitizer to keep clean when soap and water is not readily available.
  2. Tissues for runny noses.
  3. Ibuprofen to use when inflammation gets the best of you.
  4. Basically any medication that will help get rid of the phlegm that accumulates with a cold.
  5. An antacid to take when you’re unsure about foods. It has an anti-bacterial quality that aids in digestion.

Sometimes we forget to bring the most obvious items because we take them for granted and assume they will always be available wherever we go. Through our many travels with diabetes we have learned more and more that we cannot assume anything – always be prepared!


Listen to Sean’s wife Mollie discuss how they prepared for their expedition and how they dealt with being sick while in Kyrgyzstan.

Come back to read more about Sean’s journeys in Kyrgyzstan.