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A Free Stuff Friday Summer Kickoff With Six Until Me!

  
  
  

Kerri Sparling photoWelcome to a very special Free Stuff Friday! This week, we've teamed up with our friend Kerri Sparling of www.sixuntilme.com to talk about traveling with Type 1 Diabetes and give away THREE travel- and summer-friendly medical alert bracelets right in time for vacation season! Kerri's post is below. Give it a read, check out her blog, and enter to win* one of the products shown in her article by commenting below with your own travel and safety tips! They can be anything from packing ideas to finding a local ER when you don't speak the language. Remember to list the product you’d like to win. Full product descriptions are listed at the bottom of this page, and the three winners will be announced both on the Lauren’s Hope Facebook page and here on the blog tomorrow, Saturday, June 1st.

*Winners will be chosen at random. Please click here for full contest rules and regulations.

 

It Speaks When I Can’t

By Kerri Sparling

CoronadoMy job brings me on the road (and in the air) at least a few times a month, and for most of my business trips, I’m traveling by myself.  This is a mixed blessing, because while I’d love to have my family with me when I’m away from home, doing the toddler-on-the-plane entertainment shuffle can be maddening.  And when I travel, type 1 diabetes travels with me.  (It refuses to be left at home.)

People without diabetes probably have a carry-on that’s crammed with a spare outfit, or maybe their 3 oz toiletries.  Me?  My little roller suitcase is chock full of spare insulin pump infusion sets, glucose meter test strips, insulin pens in case of pump failure, glucose tabs, my continuous glucose monitor, and sometimes a book … if there’s room for the book mashed in with all that diabetes stuff.

T1D bandsBut one other thing that I ALWAYS bring when I travel is my medical alert bracelet.  As a person with type 1 diabetes, low blood sugars are always a looming threat, and they can sneak up on me without warning.  If my blood sugar were to tumble into hypoglycemia range, what would happen if I were to pass out?  People would see a woman who was passed out, and would have no idea that diabetes could be in play.  Paramedics (and people, in general) are trained to be on the lookout for medical alert jewelry, more so than they are trained to be aware of insulin pumps and glucose meters.  Although I’ve never lost consciousness due to a low blood sugar, I have had moments when I’ve been unable to effectively communicate, and the power of simply pointing to my wrist has, perhaps, saved my life. 

paracordMy medical alert bracelet is a big part of what makes me feel safer when I’m traveling, because it speaks for me in those scary moments when I’m not able to speak for myself.  Thankfully, it’s a small, discreet thing I can do that makes a huge difference in keeping me safe.  Now if only I could make room for that book in my carry-on …

 

 

 

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Remember to note your FREE STUFF FRIDAY product of choice in your entry comment below, along with a travel or safety tip! Here's a recap of what we're giving away with Kerri Sparling of Six Until Me today! 

  

coronado medical alert bracelet1. The Coronado: One of today’s Free Stuff Friday winners will receive the effortlessly easy to wear, classy, durable Coronado medical ID bracelet. This sleek and waterproof medical ID bracelet features our oval stainless steel ID tag with a charcoal medical caduceus symbol measuring 1.5” long and .5” wide along with our “Cross Trainer” stainless steel chain. The back of the medical ID tag can accommodate up to 5 lines of your important medical information with 20 characters per line. Please note that The Coronado is not an interchangeable bracelet. The tag is stationary and does not come off for use with other strands.

 

silicone diabetes medical alert bands2. The Silicone Action Bands: Our silicone action bands come in a variety of styles and colors for people with Diabetes (On Insulin and Insulin Pump variations), food allergies, peanut allergies, and Epilepsy. Today’s winner of the silicone action band set will receive his or her choice of one of these sets FREE!

 

Paracord medical alert bracelet3. The Paracords:  Paracord medical alert bracelets are the revolutionary new style in Medical IDs. This versatile and durable medical alert bracelet features an interchangeable oval ID Tag that can accommodate up to 5 lines of your important medical information. A slipknot closure allows for comfortable wear and adjustable sizing. Today’s winner of the paracord will receive his or her choice of one of our 12 available paracord bracelets!

 

 

 The winners will be announced here and on the Lauren's Hope Facebook page tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, 2013! Watch for updates! Good luck! 


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AND THE WINNERS OF THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL FREE STUFF FRIDAY WITH KERRI SPARLING ARE...

 

Lesley wins the silicones with this comment:

Great guest post Kerri! My best endo ever once threatened to drop me as a patient if I didn't start wearing a medical ID -- haven't looked back since and I love all the styles that Lauren's Hope has! 
My travel tip is GoPicnic boxed lunches. These little all-inclusive boxes have a complete meal made up of yummy and healthy foods that are easy on the carbs (the veggie ones I like are in the 34 - 45 g range total). They won't go bad and they are easy to pack in the carry-on in case you need some trustworthy food on your travels. We get them at Target but they are also available online at http://www.gopicnic.com (and I don't work for them or anything!) 
If we won, I would love the silicone band activity set for me or my daughter!

 

BB Adams wins the paracord with this comment:

I love the paracord bracelets. I had bariatric surgery 2 years ago and never thought it necessary to wear one until I read the suggestion on your website. Thank you for that! 
My travel tip is this: When traveling with little ones, I always pack the same number of items ... 5 binkies, 5 toys, 5 sippy cups ..etc. That way I know what I missing when packing up to go home. It sure has made my life easier over the years!


Lisa T wins the Coronado with this comment:

Hi! We love going places and like to camp a lot. We would love to win the Coronado bracelet for our 6-year-old fashionista in training. While we bring our meds with us and know how to get her help, if she is off with a group on an activity, one of these bracelets could save her life.  
 
Travel tip: kids with special needs are still kids and they shouldn't be held back from doing things because of their special needs (with appropriate concessions as needed). So schedule something challenging for them to do so they know they can do anything other kids can!

 

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to EVERYONE who entered with fantastic travel and safety tips!! Be sure to subscribe to the Lauren's Hope blog and follow us on Facebookso you'll get all our great blog articles AND be notified the next time we do... FREE STUFF FRIDAY! If you won, please email tara@laurenshope.com by noon Central time on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 to claim your prize! Enjoy! 


Comments

Hello, I would love to win the Paracord medical alert for my son who is 15 and just doesn't think there is a cool way to wear his medical alert.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:38 AM by Cindy Adkins
Would love the paracode one for my 8 yr old
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:41 AM by Donna mcloughlin
Thanks, Cindy! Do you have a travel or safety tip to share? :)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:41 AM by Tara Cohen
I would love a med. alert bracelet for my Granddaughter who thinks med. braclets are ugly.She would love one of yours!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:42 AM by Tina Leatherwood
My tip is for travels outside the US...get a medical ID in the language that is used in the country you are traveling too....this helps in getting you the help you need faster. My daughter would love the Paracord bracelet...
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:42 AM by Vicky
we always pack diabetes supplies in a ziplock bag with a note from the md inside, just in case! 
 
Would love to have the paracord id, my son is soon to be 21, and this would suit him!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:43 AM by Jackie
I would like to win the Paracord bracelet. It looks perfect for summer!! :)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:43 AM by Kayla Kidwell
Paracord bracelet would be fun....my daughter, Alyssa who is 19 is the diabetic in the family....she's planning on jumping out of a plane this summer with her boyfriend this summer....for fun....nothing stops that girl!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:44 AM by Melinda Brandenstein
Great tip, Vicky! We often have people call to engrave in languages other than English! It's very important to have your bracelet reflect the local language!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:44 AM by Tara Cohen
Always carry more medication or supplies than you think you will need! I ended up having a fairly severe asthma exacerbation on my first trip to California, and was lucky that my friend had brought me more meds to the airport when he picked me up [before I was even sick]. I also forgot the power cord to my nebulizer machine, and had to skimp on treatments till I got back home. I was prepared enough that I had prednisone and lots of inhalers, though! 
 
I've got my fingers crossed for a Paracord bracelet, those things are so cool! :]
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:45 AM by kerri
Super tip, Jackie! What kind of information does the doctor's note include? Instructions? Contact info?
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:46 AM by Tara Cohen
I would love to enter to win the ParaCode for my little 5 year old. She is a very active little and we tend to break any type of chain bracelets :(. We are getting ready to travel this weekend and I will have to go dig through our stuff to see if we have a bracelet we can wear! thanks for the reminder
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:47 AM by Jillian Parker
When traveling I always pre print a list of questions or statements in the language of where I will be. I carry it in my wallet. Ex. Where is the closest hospital/ER? Please call an ambulance. Where is the police station? and I also carry a list of my medications and tuck it inside the locket part of my ID bracelet.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:47 AM by Kim
Kerri, that's scary! We often have people call who have forgotten or lost their medical ID jewelry while traveling and need replacements overnighted. It's scary to be without your durable medical equipment, medications, or medical alert jewelry! Especially when away from home!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:48 AM by Tara Cohen
I would like to win the Coronado.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:49 AM by Robyn
These bracelets are invaluable, my daughter has epilepsy and is getting ready to go away to college. I'd love to win the Coronado bracelet for her. She always travels with extra medication fortunately smaller than a pump,but just as important.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:50 AM by Keren R.
My son would love #3. For my son we take a small bag that has a water bottle holder with us so for short day trips we have all his diabetes supplies with us but dont have to carry everything.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:51 AM by Missy
The paracord bracelet would be great for camping and swimming...she is almost 7 and very active this summer :) 
Our traveling includes a smaller collet of food and juice, she has celiac as well, so we try to keep a variety of foods and snacks in hands reach...always pack extra supplies, but if on a pump don't forget your extra caps and lithium batteries
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:51 AM by Kellie McClanahan
My daughter Marissa would love the Coronado for her mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Being allergic to latex, she always has her own first aid kit with her filled with non-latex gloves, wipes, bandaids, etc so she doesn't have to rely on there being latex free products where ever she is when she needs them. The use of latex would probably cause more harm than the initial accident.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:52 AM by Karen
What a great blog. In less then 2 months my family will be boarding a plane from California to Texas. We are a family in which all four require medical ID bracelets and all four of us do not! #1 has type 2 diabetes and COPD/Asthma (34 years and he refuses to wear one!), #2 has Autism, CP, major food allergies and must stay cool at all times! (12 years and he is too cool to wear one), #3 has Autism, CP, Epilepsy, and must stay cool at all times! (8 years she loves ALL jewelry), then there is me Asthma, Epilepsy and now possibly MS. Yeah you can say we need bracelets. Especially since when we board the plane to go to the medical conference we board with so much more!! Any bracelet for anyone of us would be great!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:53 AM by Evelyn Olive
Some of these might seem mundane or redundant, but the items I try to include in my travel bag are: Insulin (duh), needles, batteries, glucose tabs, extra inset and cartridges, alcohol pads, pump skin, waterproof adhesive tape, ziplock bags (snack, sandwich, quart, and gallon size), test strips and finger pokers..I feel like taking a trip already!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:58 AM by Donald
I would love to win the Paracord bracelet. I have 2 beautiful braclets I wear all the time, but would appreciate having a sporty one for casual days!!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:00 AM by Gae Brislan
We have just been told that my 10 year old son needs a medical alert bracelet for his peanut allergy. He would love the paracord one. He is really into wearing dogtags and woven bracelets, so I hope that it will be easy for him to wear a new one! He is one of a set of quadruplets, so when we travel I put everyone one alert. They help me read all the labels of new foods we may be trying to check the ingredients for any peanuts.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:02 AM by Melanie Edwards
Sort of a travel tip - I bought one of these when I was pregnant and had "Pregnant Type 1 diabetic" engraved on it to make sure if I needed it to speak for me, it would cover the 2 most important bases. I now need a regular bracelet like the Coronado since I'm no longer pregnant! :)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:02 AM by Rhonda B
We would love to win the paracord for my daughter who is Type 1 Diabetic. Her best friend-cousin lives in MS, so we've traveled there many times. Best travel tips: 1. Always take twice as much of everything (test strips, meters, insulin, snacks) you think you'll need because you never know when there may be an emergency that would keep you where you are for longer than expected. 2. Always wear an ID. 3. If you don't have a refrig. in your hotel room, the staff at the front desk have one and will gladly keep your insulin there for you. 4. Take snacks with you wherever you go, you don't want to be trapped in a traffic jam without anything!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:03 AM by Darcy Richardson
I would love to win the Coronado for myself! Beautiful. 
 
A travel tip I have is to test frequently! Stress from travel can cause blood sugar levesl to fluctuate more than usual so it's best to know what your Blood sugar is doing as much as possible!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:06 AM by Laura Gibson
Would love to win The Coronado. I have type 2 diabetes and I often do things with my 2 small granddaughters. They would have no idea to tell medical help that memaw is a diabetic. I often worry what would happen if my bloodsugar crashed while on an outing with them. I love your bracelets.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:09 AM by Lori Roberts
I love travelling with friends!!! I am going to the Dominican Republic and Vegas this summer with a big group of girlfriends and I would love the coronado. My travel tip is to always make sure everyone you travel with is aware of where you keep your supplies in case of an emergency and what they should do. It also always helps me to have a specific area (drawer/table/etc..) that I designate as my medication area so that I don't lose any supplies and can stay organized.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:11 AM by Emily
Last year my husband and I separated. I have 3 young children. My older two are well trained on what to do if I have a "problem." I have Addison's Disease, so if I get sick or unconscious I need help FAST. I removed the password protection from my phone. This allows my older children access to call 911. So far so good, but we practice regularly!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:14 AM by Erin McKercher
I would love the CORONADO bracelet for myself. In addition to the medical alert bracelet I wear for allergies & asthma, I carry a medical info card in my wallet. If you ever had a severe emergency such as a car accident, it helps first responders to have a brief medical history available; especially if you cannot speak for yourself. Oh, the things you learn as a kid when your dad if your is a firefighter!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:15 AM by Jamie
I'd love to win the Coronado for my mom!! 
 
My travel tip is keeping everything you could need with you at all times. You never know when a checked bag could get lost, and it'd be horrible to be stuck somewhere without your important supplies.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:15 AM by Stephanie
I got complimented by the TSA agent scanning my hands for wearing a medical ID, she shared with me that her brother doesn't wear his and it makes her worry. I don't leave home without it, even if I'm just going to be with family. 
 
I personally like the Coronado bracelet because it's so simple. 
 
When I travel, I put all of my diabetes stuff in clear plastic bags along with my doctor's letter. I also make sure to bring extra supplies and snacks. 
 
Most of the travel tips that I've incorporated into my life have been courtesy of Kerri and her stories!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:17 AM by Rachel
My son or daughter would love the paracord. My daughter is 15 and my son is 10 and they both have very unique medical problems that warrant wearing medical bracelets. Thank you
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:18 AM by Penny Johnston
I would love to receive number 1, the Coronado. I am a Type2 diabetic and I also have several other health conditions. I have been wearing Lauren's Hope since I was diagnosed in 2000. I always receive compliments on my bracelet. I would definitely would like a new one.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:20 AM by Lynne Leibrand
Holy moly! These are some FABULOUS ideas! How about cruises? Does anyone have any good cruise tips?
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:21 AM by Tara Cohen
Hi! We love going places and like to camp a lot. We would love to win the Coronado bracelet for our 6-year-old fashionista in training. While we bring our meds with us and know how to get her help, if she is off with a group on an activity, one of these bracelets could save her life.  
 
Travel tip: kids with special needs are still kids and they shouldn't be held back from doing things because of their special needs (with appropriate concessions as needed). So schedule something challenging for them to do so they know they can do anything other kids can!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:21 AM by Lisa T
I would love the silicone set for my daughter. She is type 1 diabetic and just got put on the pump a week ago. And these would be perfect for the summer because she is active and swims a bunch. She is also going to summer camp this year.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:23 AM by Jill Goosey
I would love to win the Coronado! i have purchased several items from Laurens Hope, the quality is excellent, and speedy delivery!!!! My travel tip is bring a dr.'s note stating that you travel with insulin, needles, and syringes, bring you in the language of the country you visiting, zip lock bags for your meds, and a freezer pack for your insulin if needed, it will make you fly through customs!!!!! 
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:26 AM by patty pinell
I would love to win the paracord bracelet. Hiking in the woods with my two children its important that I always have fruit gummy snacks with us. My sugar drops fast and they act quick
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:32 AM by Leyla
I always have the person I travel with carry some glucose for me just in case! So far I've never had to use it I like the paracord bracelet!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:42 AM by Christine
When we travel we always pack safe food and epipens first. We bring safe road snacks, a safe meal for the road in case we can't find one of our trusted chain restaurants and safe food to prepare while we are on our trip. We also travel with a large stock of wet wipes for hands and clorox wipes for table surfaces. 
My daughter would enjoy the Coronado bracelet. :)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:45 AM by Jeni
My tip is to be proactive about anything that might set of security alerts. Pump, CGM, things in suitcase (read: juice boxes - how many ounces?) or packets of goop. It's always easier to handle security when they've gotten a fair warning. Plus you'd want it too if you were in their shoes. I love the Coronado - really cute!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:47 AM by Nicolep
I would love to win the Coronado.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:55 AM by Kim Wasiak
I would love number 1 it's very simple and elegant. Coming up on my 9th anniversary. Number 1 would make traveling for work so much easier! I love Lauren's hope :-)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:58 AM by Sarah Tuttle
My choice would be the ripcord - perfect for my 11 yro son who suffers from chronic migraine. 
 
My safety tip - I have severe allergies and carry an epipen. Thankfully, I've not had to use it, but we've taught my oldest how to give mommy a shot with it, just in case. We've also educated both our kids on severe allergies so they know what to do if anyone they know has an issue, and how to avoid those situations as well.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:06 AM by Sara Westhead
I like how simple the Coronado is. Its one of those that could easily be dressed up or down. I would love to own it. 
 
My travel tip when flying: I make sure to not pack my medicine in any luggage. I always keep it on my person, I don't even pack it in my carry on just in case I am forced to check it. You never know if you luggage will arrive at your destination the same time you do.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:15 AM by Sierra
I'd like the Paracord for myself. I always try to keep all heat-sensitive meds(insulin,strips,etc) with me (usually in a backpack) when travelling..you never know when there may be a luggage issue/holdup.And my insulin goes in a Frio, to help keep it cool (on the go).
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:18 AM by Heidi
I have multiple food allergies so when I travel I have a "medical purse" with epipens, Benadryl, my inhaler and things that I commonly use on foods, that frequently contain my allergens, such as salad dressing, to make eating out much easier! This bag has helped me on numerous occasions!  
 
I would LOVE to win the Coronado Medical Bracelet!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:19 AM by Amber Hemmie
I'm celiac and have multiple allergies, so especially when I travel I carry a doctor's note that says I must carry my epi-pen with me at all times. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was on a stop-over in the airport in Hong Kong. Security would not let me keep my epi-pen and I had to retrieve it when I re-boarded my ongoing flight 8 hours later. Eight hours of stress taught me a valuable lesson. 
 
A medic alert bracelet speaks for me when I'm with company who don't understand the significance or seriousness of my conditions. Display that medic alert symbol and no words are needed. 
 
If I'm lucky enough to win a bracelet the Coronado would be my personal preference. 
 
Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:29 AM by Gill
We make sure our 9 year old son helps us pack his supplies in the extra bag. That way he knows where things are in case of an emergency. He saw the paracord bracelet last week when we were browsing and he just loved it!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:31 AM by Jolene Woolley
 
I forgot to post my travel tip in my last comment, so here it is:  
 
Pack extra medication when you're packing. You never know what's going to happen along the trip!!! Better to be safe than sorry!!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:38 AM by Kayla Kidwell
WE LOVE OUR LAUREN'S BRACELETS!!!! Both of my girls have one-- Zoe, 10 years old,has severe peanut allergies/ Asthma so we have the rubber bracelets (great for swimming this summer) and the "mood changing" ID bracket. Madison, my 15 year old was just diagnosed with dysautonomia/ POTS, and the first thing i did when we found out was order her Lauren's bracelet! It helps put my mind at ease knowing they have their bracelets on wherever they go! TRAVEL TIPS: We call ahead to restaurants regarding peanut safe foods (Disney dining was amazing)! We also keep safe foods in the car for "backup" so Zoe never feels left- out. We've now added salty foods/ Gatorade in our safe foods box so they're always prepared. Extra Epipens are everywhere (just not left in a hot vehicle) when we travel. We are looking into flying for vacations now that some airlines are changing their policies! The paracord would be a blessing for Madison to have while trying to stay really active this year to conquer her POTS-- she says "it's sooooo cool!"
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:56 AM by Caryn Williams
Best tips I can offer are these: 1) always carry a list of your current medications as you take them (how many times a day, if you take them every day or as needed, etc), 2) always carry a list of your current physicians and their contact information, 3) always carry a list of your family medical history - specifically your own medical history (especially if it is extensive and if it will not all fit on you medical alert jewelry - this can save valuable time with emergency medical staff), and 4) identify ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact(s) in your cell phone for emergency medical staff members to contact. All of these things will assist in the event that you are unable to communicate on your own behalf. Also I would recommend have more medications than you think you will need - if you think you need a week's worth, take 2 weeks - or even 3 weeks.  
 
I would be love to win the paracord bracelet for my father who is an insulin dependent diabetic - has been for more than 25 years - and does not currently have any medical alert jewelry. He says he is concerned about the jewelry being too loose and getting caught on something. I am simply worried about him. He has been using an insulin pump for several years now and should have been wearing alert jewelry for many, many years.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:00 PM by Rene
My son is T1D, and although I don't have any tried-and-true travel tips - this is our first summer as a T1D family! - I will share that it is so difficult for us sometimes to stop and make sure we have his emergency snacks before we go anywhere! Having an insulated bag with ice packs for his insulin pens and glucagon will be crucial for those poolside days and car trips. A parent shared with me just yesterday that they use Pediasure for a bedtime snack for their T1D child; it has a great combo of carbs and protein for an overnight boost if needed! I'm sure my son would love the paracord bracelet!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:05 PM by leigh austin
Would love a pink paracord for my daughter, thank you!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:06 PM by Homa
Hi there! 
I have Celiac Disease and Fasting/Reactive Hypoglycemia, so my travel tip is to always, always, always have plenty of food with you! It can be extremely difficult to find safe, gluten free food when traveling. Add the hypoglycemia to that, and I never know when my blood sugars might suddenly drop and I'll need carbs. This is equally applicable to those with T1D or any other condition where food plays an integral role!  
 
I'd love one of the paracord bracelets if I was lucky enough to win!!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:19 PM by Kelly Sigler
We debated between the paracord and the stainless steel bracelets-both very eye catching. I think we would go for #1 the Coronado. Very elegant!  
Sarah Sherman
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:36 PM by Sarah Sherman
Great guest post Kerri! My best endo ever once threatened to drop me as a patient if I didn't start wearing a medical ID -- haven't looked back since and I love all the styles that Lauren's Hope has! 
My travel tip is GoPicnic boxed lunches. These little all-inclusive boxes have a complete meal made up of yummy and healthy foods that are easy on the carbs (the veggie ones I like are in the 34 - 45 g range total). They won't go bad and they are easy to pack in the carry-on in case you need some trustworthy food on your travels. We get them at Target but they are also available online at http://www.gopicnic.com (and I don't work for them or anything!) 
If we won, I would love the silicone band activity set for me or my daughter!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:38 PM by Lesley
I would like to win the Coronado. This would be perfect for my daughter who will begin 1st grade in the fall.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:41 PM by Kim Bittner
Love the para cord for my 11 yr old girl! The thing I have to always remember when traveling is to pack at least double, if not triple the amount of T1D supplies I think we will need. Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:46 PM by Krista
I love the paracord bracelets. I had bariatric surgery 2 years ago and never thought it necessary to wear one until I read the suggestion on your website. Thank you for that! 
My travel tip is this: When traveling with little ones, I always pack the same number of items ... 5 binkies, 5 toys, 5 sippy cups ..etc. That way I know what I missing when packing up to go home. It sure has made my life easier over the years!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 12:49 PM by BB Adams
Would love the silicone bands for my daughter. We always travel with an emergency bag with diabetic supplies but during the summer when at the pool or beach it is important and helpful to have the medical id on as well as blood sugars tend to drop then. The silicone bracelets are perfect for summer! :)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 1:03 PM by Connie Reynolds
Our travel tip (which doesn't repeat some of the other excellent ones above) is to bring a cooler to the beach/lake/pool for the glucometer, and the pump if it's disconnected for swimming. Even an hour in the sun can result in meter error messages because it's too hot, or can overheat the insulin in the pump! My daughter would love a paracord bracelet.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 1:08 PM by Pam
If you are traveling by plane, make sure you strategically place your CGM sensor or insulin pump infusion set so that it WON'T be bumped and knocked off by the beverage cart as it moves back and forth in the aisle. Of course, if it happens as it's happened to me more than once, this could be a great way to show off your re-inserting on a plane skills to those sitting nearby...
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 1:17 PM by Mike Hoskins
the paracord in pink! 
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 1:18 PM by gail puente
Hi... I try to re-use infusion set boxes for my carry-ons. I can fit at least a couple of infusion sets, reservoirs, alcohol wipes, inserter, and even backup insulin pens in there. I find it's better than stuffing it all in a grocery store plastic bag.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 1:31 PM by StephenS
Seems that most like the para cord. So do I. :) thanks!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:20 PM by Kelly
We'd love to win a Paracord Medic alert please...
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:22 PM by Jane Roguski
I love the new paracord. All of my medical ID's are from Lauren's Hope. I get so many compliments.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:22 PM by Lynna Demay
I would absolutely love to win a Coronado bracelet! My last one was actually stolen while traveling! 
 
My tip, especially if you are flying, is to have your doctor write a note so you can travel with your medical supplies easier. You can show it to TSA agents and avoid having to disconnect from your pump when going through security checks. It's been great for me!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:22 PM by Jamie
Tip: Always request the diabetic meal when flying internationally. Your meal will arrive in a timely manner which has helped me a few times because I tend to get hypo on long flights. 
 
ID: I would like the Coronado
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:22 PM by Dr. P.
It is important to keep a list of all of your medications and doctors (with contact info in case of emergency) with you just in case you need it for any unexpected medical events while traveling. Pharmacy information helps too.  
I'd love to win the paracord bracelet.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:34 PM by Aliza Chana
Would love the paracord for my hubby...we always carry copies of all perscriptions in both our carry ons and suitcases...you never know when you are going to need them!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:35 PM by melissa
I would love to win the paracord bracelet. It is so u inquest looking. 
My tip is, when traveling and wearing a pump, make sure you have a printed copy of your settings in case of a pump malfunction. You may need this and not be able to get this out of the pump away from home.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:36 PM by Judi Hoskins
I also research the local area and bring a notebook listing the hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies. I even include maps.  
As for packing I put everything in giant zip lock bags to pull air out and save space.  
I love Lauren's hope and have several!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:50 PM by Kelly clary
My safety travel tip is: ALWAYS keep your diabetes supplies in your carry-on luggage or purse in case your luggage gets lost. It seems simple, but I learned this tip the hard way!! Oh, and even though I wear a pump my motto is: never leave home without a syringe. If your site rips out, you can always extract insulin from the resivoir with a syringe! I would love The Coronado!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 3:55 PM by LuAnn
I like the silicone bands. I don't take insulin, so just Diabetic would be great. 
 
My best tips have already been posted, like getting a Dr.'s note and ordering diabetic meals. Two more good ones are drinking plenty of water and walking around a bit when possible.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:01 PM by Michelle
I'd love to have The Coronado, I'm going to study abroad, so I won't be with my family and friends, who already know what to do in case of emergency. 
 
My tip, not only you should bring more supplies than you need, you should also keep them spread through different bags, in case you lose one or it gets stolen. Also, get a presription for insulin or other medications, just in case you lose all the supplies from all the bags, so you can buy more without any problem.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:04 PM by Foleranser
Since I usually change my site every other day, I will carry at least 50% more site changes than I should need. Also, I put all my supplies in individual bags (insulin in one, pen needles/syringes/lancets/test strips in another, etc.) and pack all of those in one gallon size bag. That way, security at the airport is easier!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:06 PM by Michelle
Live kerri and Lauren's hope. Our very first diabetes bracelet came from here.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:20 PM by Chandra Zimbelman
Travel tip- a bag of supplies is always ready. On top is a checklist so I can confirm that we aren't missing anything before the trip. Before the list I had to start from scratch each trip and it sucked! 
Would love to win the paracord bracelet for my 10 to.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:32 PM by Mary M
My travel tips are to definitely check with your doctor about insulin dosing if you are travelling to a different time zone and have them type up a letter stating you are T1D and what supplies are necessary for you to have. If I am chosen; I would like the Party Girl Paracord bracelet!! What fun colors! I am a HUGE fan of Lauren's Hope and Kerri!!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:44 PM by STEF FOLTZ
My tip is to bring extra supplies of everything and to wear your medical ID bracelet in case of an emergency. I like the Coronado bracelet!! Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:44 PM by Pam Spicer
Hi! I've only been diabetic for 11 months so I'm still learning the ropes but I have been attached to my medical ID since a week after I was diagnosed. I feel naked without it and it is especially comforting when I'm traveling without someone who knows my history and what to do in an emergency. I decided on my next bracelet to add 'insulin pump' and "glucagon in purse" since I always keep it. I always pack at least 3 or 4 extras of anything I might need!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:44 PM by Amy Yarbrough
forgot to say I want the Coronado! :)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:45 PM by Amy Yarbrough
For traveling in hot countries or in the summer: the most basic way to cool your insulin is with a damp cloth. Just wrap it around your insulin and check regularly so it doesn't dry. It's basically the system Frio uses - cooling via evaporation. It's very basic, so it can be improvised anywhere! 
 
I'd like to try the Paracords, in case my comment is still on time (it's midnight in Germany right now), in case I may attend from over the pond and in case I win. :-)
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:53 PM by Vera
Hi im a ALMOST 21 year old diabetic type 1 girl from The Netherlands, i'm diabetic since i was 3 years old and i always had an sos keychain, but since im a girl and girls wanna look good i really wanna win the coronado bracelet. I travel a lot, have friends all over the world and i want something that makes me feel comfortable while traveling. So this bracelet would be GREAT!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 4:53 PM by Manon Leyssen
Coronado 
I really can use a new ID bracelet since I lost the last 1 I bought not too long ago.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 5:10 PM by Sheryl Frid
I'd love to win the paracord for my 6 year old diabetic/nut allergic son! Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 5:30 PM by sam
My travel tip is for people with Addison's Disease. Take your smaller dose (mine is 5mg) of HC every five hours until you get to your destination if your traveling a longer distance. Then dose at your regular times in that new time zone, but stress dose for a day or two after you arrive and then resume the normal amount. This helps with fatigue, jet lag and such. Do the same coming home.  
I'd loooooove the parachute cord bracelet!!! I am feeling the best I've felt since I got sick four years ago. I plan on making this summer the summer of fitness and need that bracelet for all my activity!! Thanks!!!!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 5:35 PM by Lorna
I travel frequently for my job & always take at least two pieces of medical alert jewelry with me, one to wear & one to keep in my luggage. I have had both necklaces & bracelets get caught on something & snapped off, losing the ID tag in the process, so having a back up is a life saver, literally.  
 
I really like the new paracord bracelet design and would like one of those for traveling, as I think it would be harder to break.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 5:45 PM by Vicci
I am a T1 diabetic like Kerri, I follow her blog and also love your products. Lauren's Hope braclets are the only medical alerts I wear and get complimented on them all the time. I would love a Coronado bracelett to add to my collection!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 6:29 PM by Cody Bartholomew
I would love to win the paracord... I am newly diagnosed T1 at age 32... I haven't found a bracelet that I like yet and that one is awesome!!  
For traveling, my tip is to always be prepared with your snacks and supplies! I just successfully changed my CGM sensor in the bathroom stall of my sales meeting, and I couldn't have done it if I hadn't been prepared!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 7:28 PM by Kate G
My tip is to have a letter from your doctor stating the necessity of you carrying sharps. You never know rules in other airports and annoying to get hung up explaining! 
I really really really would like the Coronado. It is so much classier than the clunky Medicalert I've been wearing for 15+ yrs (waiting for it to break to buy new one!).
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 7:28 PM by Rachel Y
I find that having a medical alert necklace is important when going to the gym to workout. I don't wear the bracelet when working out because I don't want it to get caught on any equipment I might be working with. I like the Coronado bracelet.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 8:21 PM by Kimberly
I would love #3 for my daughter...My tips...we always locate nearest hospitals for our location and input into gps so we are ready if any should happen, we always call restaurants ahead of time to make sure they will accomodate my daughter. We care an epi pen in a personalized bag that says Solimar's epi as well as one for her rescue inhaler. Both of our kids have stickers on the car seats with all pertinent info...we always carry alot of snacks you never know when you will get stuck in traffic...
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:04 PM by Marisol Gutierrez
i would love to win the paracord bracelet for my 6 year old. My daughter has hydrocephalus and my tip is that we travel with her most recent head CT so if we had to go to the emergency room with a possible shunt failure we could compare any current scans with her baseline. We also make sure we know where the closest hospital is with a pediatric neurosurgeon so we would know where to go in the event of an emergency. Thankfully, we have not yet had to go to an ER while on vacation!
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:15 PM by Cathy Wilson
I would love to win the para cord bracelet. I have just been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The doctors have thought all this time that the issue was my blood pressure. When I travel I have to pack a separate bag with all of my insulin and meters and everything that goes with it. It really drags me down on being able to manage my diabetes and do some of the things I love to do. I can't afford a medical bracelet right now and would love to have one as it may save my life. I had one and it broke and I desperately need another one.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:23 PM by Aunna
Packing tip, we are going to Disney this fall. I plan on ordering contact info and allergy info temporary tattoos. My 4 yr old loves his allergy bracelet but he can't loose a temp tattoo. Plus I plan on packing extra meds and safe snacks. My son would love a paracord bracelet (in blue if possible).
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:27 PM by Brandi Davidson
I would love to win the Coronado. My travel tip is to always have several pump sets with because you never know when you will have trouble. I always over pack these and have made good use if some of the extras when having problems on vacation. But the problems are at a minimum with extra supplies.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:48 PM by Kim Tiedman
My traveling tip is to send by email or 'snail mail' to person you are flying to visit your list of current medications, doctor information, and pharmacy info just to have another form of back up. 
 
I would love the paracord braclet. I have three other Lauren Hope braclets but this would be fun for summer. I am insulin dependent diabetic, some drug allergies and also listed the back and neck fusions had performed.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 9:56 PM by Mary Harter
When traveling with both of my girls I always carry a clear zipper bag of their medications and two emergency injections along with a letter from their doctor stating what to do in a emergency situation. Both kids wear medical alerts but I also have window cling on both windows and tags on their car seats with the medical information.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:05 PM by Carly Tusing
Pack maps with clinics/hospitals and take a USB with all your medical info. My 6 year old daughter has Cancer and would love the Coronado bracelet. Thanks.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 10:24 PM by cindy
I am recovering from lap band surgery which was 2days ago. I would love to win the Coronado bracelet as I just found out the importance of wearing a medical bracelet. It will definitely come in handy for safe traveling.
Posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:02 PM by Ashley
I would like to win the silicon et for my 10yr old daughter who has bi-later cochlear implants and with summer here she will be spending a lot time in the water and they would work great. I have always thought about getting her a medical bracelet because with her implants she can't have MRI's and I came across York page on FB and after reading others stories I need to get her one ASAP . So my travel tip would be get a medical bracelet if your medical condition regress you to need one and also always have extra batteries with you ;) my daughter has to be able to hear;););)
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 2:47 AM by Jessica
The Coronado looks to be my favorite. Simple, durable, and just what the EMTs would be looking for. 
 
My travel-tip, quite appropriate since I write this from a hotel room as I just traveled yesterday, is to diversify. Put some supplies in one space, put the spares somewhere else. Make sure that, if one piece of baggage (even carry-on) gets misplaced, you're covered. Even when it comes to carry-on bags, in the chaos of unloading overhead bins on a plane, stuff could get accidentally swapped (or crushed!)
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 6:32 AM by Scott E
My almost 11 y.o. daughter has Type 1 and does not always remember to wear her medical alert bracelet,but always gets complimented on the bracelets when she does. She has two beautiful ones from Lauren's Hope. I always point out that it is a medic alert bracelet to any medical staff (doctors, nurses, firemen, paramedics, etc.) so they know to check out all bracelets on patients unable to communicate. We are going to Disney World soon and I intend to have my daughter wear her beaded medic alert bracelet along with her silicone one so that the latter draws attention to the former just in case. I suggest searching blogs for tips from travelers with your medical issue and specific destination. I discovered that WDW will keep insulin in their first aide station's fridge at each park when I did a search on keeping insulin cool at Disney World. My daught would love the silicone bands for Diabetes.
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 5:45 PM by Jane
Consider adding "Continuous Glucose Monitor" and Allergy: Acetaminophen - Contraindicator.  
Second is temperature a factor? FRIO Cooling Products can store insulin, insulin pens, pumps and keep them cool. Run under cold water and the unit will keep the insulin cool. As a unit warms one only has to run the cooling unit under cold water. A great addition to protect the insulin during travel.
Posted @ Sunday, June 02, 2013 7:42 PM by dan
I like item #2. I have been a diabetic fir 28 years and still have not bought an ID bracelet. I guess it's time
Posted @ Monday, June 03, 2013 6:13 PM by Kara O'Rourke
I just posted and the give away bracelets are different I like the Coronado better.
Posted @ Monday, June 03, 2013 6:15 PM by Kara O'Rourke
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