Hi! I know that you posted this a long time ago, but I am wondering how everything worked out while you were there? I am leaving in March to go on a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia. I have type 1 and use insulin pens. I am concerned about keeping my daytime insuling cool enough (it needs to be at room temperature) when I am out and about during the day with it. Just wondering if you have any tips or suggestions?
Thanks for your help!
Don't know if pens are different, but I backpacked for a couple weeks down the Baja coast of Mexico (about 10 years ago when I was younger and much more fun). I didn't have any problems with my insulin. I kept it in the middle of my pack and would try to keep my bag out of the sun as much as possible.
I know some people stress and do all sorts of crazy things to keep it cool. Frankly, I've used insulin for almost 35 years and have never had insulin compromised by the heat. I lived in southern Colorado and was an avid backpacker, never had a problem.
On your trip make sure to take double the amount of supplies you think you'll need. And have a note translated into the local language, explaining that you have type 1 diabetes and carry your medical supplies. I'd also wear a medic alert bracelet. Will help you get thorugh customs easier.