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Diabetes at the Beach, Lake or Pool

Diabetes at the beach, lake or pool doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does take a little planning. Here’s a checklist to get you and your diabetes ready.

Comfortable shoes

2 pairs, one pair to protect your feet from the hot sand or asphalt, both can burn the bottoms of your feet, and nobody needs or wants burns on the soles of their feet.

The other pair, water shoes, like orthotic flip flops or aqua shoes, to protect from the sharp shells/crap on the ocean, lake, or pool floor and especially if you have neuropathy.

Coolers, ice packs and ziplock bags

Pack the cooler with ice packs, water and any food that needs to be refrigerated. Also keep you meter and test-strips in their case, and keep the case in a ziplock bag and keep it in the cooler. Throw keep keys and any medications in the same ziplock bag.


Hydration is key on hot days and when you’re outside, your body requires more water on hot days so DRINK UP.


Bring snacks that are tasty, healthy and give you energy. Also bringing your own is cheaper than buying and makes it easier to choose wisely.

Some beach/pool/lake snacks I like: Turkey sandwiches, fresh veggies, nuts, fruit, healthy chips and salsa, trusty bottle of glucose tabs.


LOTS OF SUNSCREEN. Sunburn sucks, it sneaks up on us when we’re having fun/working out, causes skin cancer and isn’t good for our diabetes either.

A beach hat and a coverup

The sun is strong. Keep your head and your face covered.


Everybody looks good in sunglasses, but sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory. They shield our eyes from the sun’ damaging UV rays that can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and can lead to blindness and other eye issues.

Umbrella or covered beach chair

Protects you (and your coolers) from the sun.


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