Traveling With NovoLog®

It used to be that if you were living with diabetes and traveling with insulin, you needed to take a cooler with you. Luckily, things have changed. In fact, NovoLog® lasts up to 28 days without refrigeration after first use, so it can be taken almost anywhere. Once in use, NovoLog® FlexPen® and PenFill® cartridge must be kept at room temperature below 86°F for up to 28 days. For more information on storing NovoLog®, click here.

 

Here are a few tips for traveling with insulin:

  • Take enough supplies and medication for your trip, plus extras in case you get delayed, lose something, or decide to stay longer 
  • If you are flying, make sure that you take your insulin and other diabetes medicines with you in your carry-on bag. Checked luggage can be kept in places that are too hot or cold for your insulin. And there is always the risk that it could get lost or delayed! 
  • When flying, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does allow you to bring diabetes supplies with you on the plane. It is a good idea to let TSA agents know that you have diabetes and are carrying supplies with you (especially if you are wearing an insulin pump). Tell them before the screening process begins 
  • If you use an insulin pump, always take a backup source of insulin, such as NovoLog® FlexPen® or NovoPen Echo®, with you in case your pump stops working 
  • If you are taking a road trip, make sure not to leave your insulin in the trunk or glove compartment. Depending on the weather, your insulin can overheat or freeze. Either could make it ineffective
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