I posted last week about the bike trip from Jasper to Calgary. This is Part II in the series, my packing list, which also serves as a nine month update on how I now pack with the CGM and OmniPod. You can read Part I here and see my original packing list post from India here.
As you'll see I've continued to pare down the list and keep this as minimal as possible while maintaining a safe set of backups just in case. I'm able to pack all of this, including clothes into a single backpack as a carry-on for when I travel. And importantly for this trip, this only took up a little bit of space in my paniers.
Without further ado, here is the list that I use now when packing:
- OmniPod PDM
- OmniPod test strips*
- OmniPod Pods*
- Extra AAA batteries
- Dexcom Receiver + Charging cable
- Dexcom CGM Sensors*
- Humalog vials*
- Alcohol swabs
- Pre-cut OPSITE Flexifix
- SkinTac wipes
Explanation letter from a doctor for airline security
- Backup glucose meter with USB Charger
- Backup glucose meter test stips x100
- Humalog pens
- Lantus pens
- Pen needles
- Prescriptions for insulin, pen needles and test strips
- 4,000 mAH USB Charger (allows me to recharge the Dexcom and backup meter if a plug is not available)
*Note that for these items I always pack 2X what I usually need for that many days as a backup and to cover any changes in insulin sensitivity or meals. Inform your doctor that you are traveling and you can get longer length prescriptions if needed to cover the duration of the trip.
**I usually take Glucose tabs or Smartees or other individually wrapped candies that are quick, don't melt and are easy to get 15g of sugar with.
Note that I have no affiliation with any company/product mentioned above. I'm specific because based on experience, these are the products that have worked best for me and I use currently. However, I'm constantly refining the list and will update the blog as I make changes.