Hiking Successfully with T1D:
Hiking is such a fun outdoor activity and a great way to see new places. No way that we are going to let diabetes get in the way of that!!
I recently did some hiking in Arkansas and had a blast! A few things I brought with me:
A fanny pack to carry all of my things! I need to bring enough snacks with me to feel comfortable that if I was low multiple times for whatever reason, I would be okay. SpiBelt or an abilitee belt are great alternatives to this.
Fueling Snacks: I love to bring nourishing snacks that are full of protein, fat & carbs. Some of my favorites include:
- Iconic Protein Drinks: Use code 'Raquel15' for 15% off
- Chomps Sticks
- Siren Protein Bites
- Bella Bars
- Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter
On long hikes especially, it is so important to have enough low snacks. I love watching my blood sugars as I am hiking and snacking along the way if I notice I am dropping. Some of my favorite lightweight and fast acting low snacks include:
Water!!! Hydration is always important but it is absolutely necessary while hiking! Carrying a large water bottle and sipping it along the hike is what keeps me going.
FUN FACT: Did you know that as people living with diabetes, we get into all national parks for free? In-fact, your whole car does! Plus we get certain discounts on camping and food in some locations as well.
Learn more here
Have any hiking with Type One Diabetes tips? We would LOVE to hear from you in our comments below.