It’s the weekend, it’s sunny (or snowy in our case), and you decide to take off on a last-second, afternoon adventure. You haven’t prepared, but it’s too perfect of an opportunity to pass up. What’s an insulin-dependent to do? Go for it! In an effort to simplify the process and get us outdoors quickly, I’ve put together the list of hiking essentials:
This really should go without saying, but it’s important for two reasons.
1) The right hiking shoe avoids any kind of blister issues that get endocrinologists all hot and bothered.
2) A comfortable shoe increases joy while hiking, especially while coming down the mountain, exponentially.
I love all of Merrell’s products. Extremely comfortable. Wearing this hiking/running low-profile pair for shorter hikes or camping has worked great.
You just never know when that “little afternoon adventure” will turn into the “holy shit I think we’re actually lost” moment. Pack some water, everytime. More than you think you need. On longer bike rides and hikes I go with the endurance oriented Camelbak system here:
Same concept applies from the water lesson: pack more than you need. Or just remember to put food in your bag! (That’s a reference to the above video.) While hiking, I like something geared around carbs with adequate protein and fat. Bobo’s Oat Bars were originally part of my plan on the Cub Lake hike, but got left in the car. Love these!
If you do the traditional, Lantus/Levemir and Novolog/Humalog routine, only part of this advice applies to you. If you pump up, think about your basal rates. This can be a complicated decision and should be based on past experience. For me, I chose a basal rate of 60%. I knew we’d be gone for about 2 hours and that the hike was relatively flat.
For the complete guide to hiking with diabetes, feel free to check out my other post from last summer HERE.
Have a few tips of your own? Drop them in here!