• Headlamp


    If it’s dark and you can’t see…use your head! Whether you’re hiking through the woods or testing your blood sugar, a headlamp may make things easier. This model has several settings – including a dimmer and a red LED for reading without losing your night vision – so you can use the right light for the occasion.

  • Hiking shoes

    Hiking shoes

    The last thing you want when you’re away from civilization is to twist your ankle. Good hiking shoes are essential for better hiking; and as a person living with type 2 diabetes, I am especially cautious about my feet. Choose a shoe that fits well without rubbing and has adequate ankle support.

  • FRIO®


    When people with diabetes who use insulin are going to be out for an extended period of time, there is a concern about keeping insulin within a certain temperature range. FRIO® cooling cases are a “cool” solution! They will keep insulin cool for at least forty-five hours with just a ten-minute immersion in cold water!

  • Solar charger

    Solar charger

    There are gadgets we might want to take along into the woods. An extended trip away from home might mean the batteries in your cell phone or GPS will die. Use this portable solar charger in the shade, low light, or even a light rain; it works with any USB-compatible device. Better to be safe than sorry!

  • Kitchen sink

    Kitchen sink

    Don’t forget the kitchen sink! Unless you’re camping in a motor home, you’ll need somewhere to wash dishes or freshen up after a day of hiking. This handy, portable “sink” folds up into a small stuff sack so it takes up very little room, and comes in sizes from 5 to 20 liters.

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The DX List: Super Summer Finds

Kate Cornell’s picks especially for those living with diabetes

To me, summer brings picnics, camping trips, barbecues, hiking, and biking to mind. Spending time outdoors almost seems mandatory during the sunny summer months. While it’s great to escape the daily grind and separate ourselves from technology, it’s also important to be smart and safe while going about our summer activities. The proper gear may make the difference between a successful foray into the woods and a trip filled with regret. I know from experience that people living with diabetes need to be especially careful when out on adventures. Everything from good shoes to guarding your medical supplies should be considered when spending more time outdoors.

There are numerous gadgets and different types of equipment created for use in the great outdoors. While a lot of it seems so unnecessary (like a mini television with a satellite dish!), I think there are many useful things that can make that camping trip or hike more comfortable and safe. Consider what you might need: Will it get dark? How will you protect your insulin from heat? What if your cell phone dies? Here are five products that make my summer adventures more enjoyable; I hope they will for you too.

Kate Cornell blogs about her life with type 2 diabetes at Kate’s Sweet Success. Cornell is a paid contributor for The DX. All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

© 2013 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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