Sunday, August 30, 2009

Leaving on a jet plane

On Thursday Fred and I are taking Elise to Kansas City. The reason for our trip? To see my absolute favourite band in the whole, wide world at the KC Irish Fest. They're called the Hothouse Flowers, and I did a post about them on my other blog here. I love, love, love these guys, and they never come to Texas, so this is my only chance to see them.

I'm a little nervous because not only is this our first flight post-diabetes, it our first flight with Elise, period. I have no idea what to expect. We're flying out on Sept. 3, which is conveniently, the day before her birthday, so we don't have to pay for a seat. Yeah, we're cheap like that.

Anyway, once again, I am coming to my fabulous, brilliant, and savvy internet friends for any tips or advice they have on air travel; either on the toddler-side, or the diabetes-side. I like to be prepared and I want to make sure I haven't forgotten anything.

Our flight out takes off about 30 minutes before she eats dinner, and coming home we'll be leaving right before her lunch.

I have a few new toys that I bought just for this trip. We'll be bringing Fred's laptop so we can watch movies. And I know I need to carry on all her D supplies, but I'm wondering how I should pack them... in a plastic ziploc so they're all together? What will I need to show the TSA people? What should I be bringing that I'm probably forgetting? How early should we get to the airport?

As you can see, I have a lot of questions, so bring on the advice!


  1. When I fly, I pack all my supplies in one bag in ziplock bags, I put nothing else in that bag. Since it is all medical supplies they can't say it is considered a carry on. I also carry a note from my doctor stating I need these supplies due to health reasons and in that note is included beverages and food so that I can carry juice and water on the plane as well. I tell them up front I am diabetic and show them the bag that has all the medical supplies in it. Once on the plane I put juice, meter, strips, and lancet in the seat pocket so I have them handy for take off and landing. I have found that if I do not have those things handy I will need them during take off and landing. The flight attendants have always been great about getting me snacks or juice if I don't have any before the plane takes off as well if you explain why you need them.
    I hope this helps.


  2. Joanne, we're looking forward to seeing you at Irish Fest. If we can help make things easier for you and that wee baby, please let us know.

    Dan Regan
    Director, Kansas City Irish Fest

  3. Just be ready for some a-hole telling you they want to see your pump because it is making a bulge up under your clothes . It has happened to me and my bff Wendy . I have received a nice letter of apology from them big deal but it still stinks .


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