My Diabetes Emergency Plan

Prepare a portable, insulated and waterproof diabetes emergency kit that contains the following items:

Diabetes Emergency Plan Infographic

  • List of the following information:
    • Type of diabetes
    • All of your medical conditions, allergies and prior surgeries
    • All of your medical conditions, allergies and prior surgeries
    • All medications (include pharmacy contact information, active prescription information and eligible refills)
    • Previous diabetes medications and reason for discontinuation
    • Contact information for all your healthcare providers
  • Letter from your diabetes healthcare providers with most recent diabetes medication regimen (especially if taking insulin)
  • Most recent laboratory results (especially A1C, kidney and liver tests)
  • As possible, a 30-day supply of all medications taken by mouth or injection for diabetes as well as all other medical conditions
    • Include insulin and a severe hypoglycemia emergency kit–if prescribed (always check expiration date)
  • Blood glucose testing supplies and, if possible, 2 glucose meters with extra batteries
  • A cooler for 4 refreezable gel packs, insulin and unused injectable medications to be added when ready to go
    • Note: Do not use dry ice and avoid freezing the medication
  • Empty plastic bottles or sharps containers for syringes, needles and lancets
  • Source of carbohydrate to treat hypoglycemic reactions (For example, glucose tablets, 6 oz juice boxes, glucose gel, regular soda, sugar, honey or hard candy)
  • A 2-day supply of nonperishable food (For example, peanut butter or cheese crackers, meal replacement shakes or bars, etc.)
  • At least a 3-day supply of bottled water
  • Pen/pencil and notepad to record blood sugar, other test results and any new signs/symptoms suggesting medical problems
  • First aid supplies like bandages, cotton swabs, dressings and topical medications (antibiotic ointments or creams)
Other recommendations:
  • Wear shoes at all times and examine your feet often for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, blisters, calluses and infected toenails or any unusual condition
  • Make sure that all vaccinations, including tetanus, are up-to-date
  • Pack extra comfortable clothing, including undergarments
  • Take a mobile phone with an extra charger or extra batteries for you and family members
  • Choose a designated meeting place in case you are separated from your family and are unable to reach them by phone

For more information about preparing your diabetes supplies for an emergency, watch our "How to Pack Your Kit" video.