Summer heat and humidity is no joke. Managing diabetes in the summer heat and humidity is a-whole-nother ball game. My summertime essentials help me focus less on diabetes and more on enjoying the great outdoors.
1. FRIO insulin cooling case. The name says it all - this little case keeps my insulin cool when it is hot hot HOT! The cooling case contains water-activated beads that cool your medication through evaporation. I pop my spare insulin pens into the case and I am set for a day on the beach or hiking the trails.
2. S'ip by S'well water bottle. Dehydration causes blood sugars to rise, so it is very important to keep water on-hand, especially if you are going to be sweating outside (or day-drinking because let's be honest). I try to reduce my carbon footprint whenever I can, so a reusable bottle is right up my alley. S'well's water bottles are triple insulated, ensuring every sip is just as refreshing as the last. And how cute are they!
3. Skin Tac adhesive barrier wipes. I found out the hard way that the adhesive from my dia-tech (Dexcom and Omnipod) cannot withstand the sweat, the ocean or the pool. Skin Tac adds an additional layer of adhesive to keep my devices on for their full duration. Personally, I prefer the wipes, since they are easy to pack in my supply kit.
4. Spiked seltzer. Remember what I said about being honest? It is summer which, to me, entails day-drinking on the beach. Thankfully, the world is on a spiked seltzer craze and this diabetic is here for it! Low-cal, low-sugar spiked seltzers allow me to enjoy a few cold ones without worrying about crazy blood sugar spikes.
Just because it is hot out and you are a diabetic does not mean you cannot enjoy all the summer has to offer. Pack a cooler with water (and low snacks), slap on some extra adhesive and slide your fav seltzer into a koozie and get outside! Enjoy the sun, the sand, the mountains, the lakes. Enjoy living your life with diabetes.
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