Your emergency road kit
Most of us wouldn't get in the car without having at least a spare tire—and at most, a set of flares, jumper cables, a jack, warm clothes, a blanket and the motor club's "Send Help" sign. But does your kit cover other essentials?
Chances are, you already have hard candy or fast-acting glucose hidden in strategic places around your home, office and car in case of a blood sugar low. If not, here's your cue to do so. You can also set yourself up to be prepared by using this short checklist of items that can be kept in your on-the-go bag and stay well stocked at home for use at a moment's notice.
A nutritious, fairly substantial snack.
Individually wrapped granola bars, dried fruit and nuts, or crackers with peanut butter or cheese can provide much-needed carbohydrates in a pinch.
A double batch of testing supplies and medications.
If you're going to be away from home, bring along everything you need—and then some. Alcohol swabs or moist towelettes are handy for cleaning up a fingertip, as well as about a thousand other uses.
Sun, rain and bug protection.
It's a good idea to keep items like these near the front door, so you don't have to hunt them down whenever you need them. If you're going to be outdoors, slather on the sunscreen and spritz with bug spray, even if you don't think you'll need them. Why take the risk?
A well-charged phone and medical ID.
You never know when an emergency will occur—that's what makes them emergencies. Get in the habit of keeping your battery juiced and your ID on you. It won't do anyone any good lying in a drawer.
Heck, it's not all about diabetes.