Hitting the road for the holidays? When you have a child with type 1 diabetes, it’s important — no, make that imperative — to pack all the necessary supplies for a happy and healthy trip, says Moira McCarthy, co-author of a parenting book for moms and dads of children with type 1. Always bring two to three times the amount of each item that you think you’ll need. To make it easier to remember everything, we’ve compiled a printable checklist of some of the essentials you should take for a trip of one night or more away from home. Download it here and get packing!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.

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