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.
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