The 200% Rule

Travel is a wonderful way to get away from it all or just see new things. Unfortunately, you can't get away from type 1 diabetes. While away, it is important to make sure that you have everything that you could possibly need so you can stay safe and have fun. You may know what to pack (and if you don't, take a look at the packing lists provided), but how much do you pack? Here's a good number to go by.


Always pack double (or 200%) of what you think you might need. Expecting to replace your insulin pump twice while away? Pack enough to replace it four times. Giving a total of forty injections while away? Pack at least eighty needles. Now, you might wonder, why should I pack so much? It's pretty simple...

"life happens"

Things can break, fall off, or stop working, and being miles away from replacement supplies, you don't want to be without a CGM, insulin pump, or worse, any insulin at all. Especially with vacations, you may be spending more time in the water than usual, so CGMs and pumps are more likely to fall off, and you may also be eating more than usual, so you'll want to make sure you have enough insulin. Packing double what you expect to need ensures that you'll have everything you need and more while away from home. This technique may not always be feasible, as you don't always have double the supplies you may need at home, but it's a good concept to go by. Make sure that you are packing everything you may need to keep your blood sugars under control while away from home.