What spare continuous glucose monitor parts should I bring when traveling?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
I always carry one more sensor than I need when I travel. If it is a short trip and I’ve just started a sensor that’s running well, I carry one spare. If it is a longer trip or if I’m toward the end of a sensor run, I carry two spares. If you are using a CGM that takes AAA batteries, spares can go with your checked bags. If they lose your bags, you can always buy more. If you need a recharger for your CGM monitor, it should go in your carry-on.

You should also have spare I.V. Prep or Skin Prep, Uni-Solve and IV 3000˚s—if you use them. In short, carry spares of everything you need for CGM survival, and then some.
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