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The Jaxx FitPak XL provides the same exceptional design and convenience of the original FitPak with additional components and features - perfect for meal prep! You can now tote your bag around using the padded carrying strap and keep your meals cooler for longer with two thick ice packs. The meal management container set includes; (6) 2.75 cup leak-proof containers and (2) ½ cup side containers allowing you to carry a days’ worth of well balanced meals. A side pocket with zipper closure is perfect for keeping your valuables separated. The 28 ounce Jaxx Shaker Cup breaks up protein powders and mixes with the powerful patented Jaxx agitator. Containers and lids are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher free. All components are completely nontoxic, food safe, and BPA-free. Bag measures approximately 18" wide, 8" deep, and 10" tall.

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Spring Break Prep Tips for Teens with Diabetes

Spring Break Prep Tips for Teens with Diabetes
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Talk with their doctor about their trip to determine insulin adjustments when crossing time zones

The long-awaited school vacation is right around the corner. For teens with diabetes, getting ready for spring break will take some extra planning. Depending on their destination, you might have to consider different time zones, excess heat or cold, higher altitude, or extra activity.

Before they go

Make sure to go over a supplies checklist with your teen. A good rule of thumb is to have them pack twice the supplies and diabetes medications they think they'll need.

  • Include insulin, syringes, blood glucose monitors and test strips, glucose tablets and/or gel, a glucagon emergency kit, insulin pumps, and extra batteries for devices.
  • Store all medications and supplies in an insulated carry-on. Keep insulin off ice packs to protect it from freezing.
  • Even though TSA allows people with diabetes to bring containers with more than 3.4 ounces to treat low blood sugar, consider having your teen use glucose tablets or raisins in case of low blood sugar to reduce their amount of carry-on liquids.

Get a letter from your teen's doctor explaining their condition and listing the medications and supplies they need to keep with them. This can help shorten TSA waiting times. Also, talk with their doctor about their trip to determine insulin adjustments when crossing time zones. Going west lengthens the day, requiring more insulin, while going east shortens it.

While they're traveling

Most airlines don't offer free meals anymore, so be sure your teen brings plenty of snacks to keep them going on long travel days and in case of delays. Some ideas include:

  • Nut butters in single-serve pouches
  • Sliced fruits and vegetables
  • Crackers
  • Whole grain low-sugar cereal

Here are some additional things for them to remember:

  • They should test their blood sugar en route. Extended sitting may cause unexpected rises in blood sugar levels.
  • They should set their insulin pump clocks to the local time before arrival.

Destination . . .

Fun in the sun

If your teen is headed to the beach or pool, ask them to keep these tips in mind:

  • Pack snacks and water in case the boardwalk or poolside snack shack have limited options.
  • Apply sunscreen liberally, and bring a hat and cover-up to avoid burning, which can increase blood sugar levels.
  • Keep insulin and other supplies cool by packing them in an insulated cooler and storing out of direct sunlight.
  • Check blood sugar levels regularly, as high temperatures affect the body's insulin use.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
  • Keep feet protected. Don't go barefoot on the beach or at the pool.
  • Stay hydrated. People with diabetes get dehydrated more easily, and dehydration can lead to increased blood sugar levels.

Mountain adventure

With the right preparation, your teen could also smoothly ride out the week on a snowboarding trip or a backwoods ski adventure. While some concerns have been raised about the accuracy of blood glucose monitors at higher elevation, variations won't affect how they manage their condition. The most important thing remains consistently checking blood glucose levels. When spending spring break at higher elevations, remember to tell your teen that:

  • The sun is stronger at higher altitudes, so necessary precautions need to be taken to avoid sunburn.
  • Blood sugar levels should be checked before, during, and after exercise, especially if they're not acclimated to higher amounts of activity. Short bursts of intense exercise may increase blood sugar levels, while sustained exercise may lower levels.
  • They should protect insulin from freezing by storing it in pouches kept close to their body.
(American Diabetes Association. Available from URL: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/when-you-travel.html)

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