How to Store & Transport Insulin

The primary purpose of insulin is to control how your body converts and stores the sugar that you eat, and that what you eat determines the amount of insulin your body produces. The insulin levels in your body are controlled by a number of carbohydrates that you eat. When you eat carbohydrates, the sugar from the carbohydrates mixes with your blood and creates glucose. Insulin takes this glucose, or blood sugar, and converts the glucose into energy for your cells to use. The first destination for this insulin-carried glucose is the liver, where it is stored as glycogen. The liver has the ability to store about 300-400 calories of glycogen. (2) Think it as your reserve gas tank on a motorcycle. Once the liver stores are filled and there is still excess insulin-carried glucose present in the blood, the next stop, if, and only if (this is very important) there is recovery taking place due to exercise, is the muscle tissue. If the liver and muscle tissue have taken all they can handle then the excess insulin-carried glucose will be rapidly stored in the extra-muscular fat cells. In fact, fat cells absorb the excess glucose more rapidly in comparison to the liver and muscle tissues. So, are you diabetic or you are just someone who needs to make real friends with insulin? For Type 1 diabetics and diabetics diagnosed with Type 2 and requiring insulin injections, travelling brings on a whole new set of challenges. One particular area of concern for some is keeping up with insulin.

How do you properly plan for a trip to ensure that you have what you need?

Our Reusable Dry ice packs, Ice chest, Cooler bag and medical grade ice packs come in handy here. Since it is advisable to store all your medicines in a cool, dry and dust-free place, our cooler bag will do justice to protecting your insulin while it’s been stored. If you are planning to go outdoors during the hot summer months, the best way to do so is to keep your insulin cool and preserved. A cooler bag or reusable ice pack is a great asset to have all year round. It provides the convenience of storage, especially when going on picnics, camping, fishing trips, long drives, boating and so on. Their convenient size lets you carry it in the boot of your car, and it can be placed almost anywhere. What is the right temperature to store insulin? The First 28 days from the time of purchase some insulin can be stored between 15 Degree C to 30 Degree C, After which it is best stored in the fridge irrespective of it being opened or not however please follow the temperature specifications on the insulin label. If you are having to drive somewhere it is best to pack the insulin in a cooler bag with some well frozen reusable dry ice packs or medical grade ice packs and to keep the cooler bag in the coolest area of the car away from direct sunlight which is usually the floor of the car.On Extremely hot days we suggest you wind the windows down just a tiny bit to allow for hot air to escape from your car.

How long can insulin it be stored in a Fridge?

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Insulin is in its best potency when its stored between 2 to 8 Degree C, Insulin can be stored at this temperature until the expiry date which is usually 1 year from the time of purchase if unopened. If it’s opened they usually last up to 28 days. Insulin can certainly be kept in the chiller compartment or the Butter compartment of your Fridge which usually maintains around 4 Degree C however the integrity of insulin will be compromised if frozen accidentally. It is best not to use insulin that has breached its safe temperature range.

How to keep insulin cool while travelling?

We have heard a lot of people complain bitterly when told to store insulin in the refrigerator, as its potency might get disturbed if placed outside for long periods of time. Many will say they cannot carry insulin since they aren’t able to refrigerate it. Well that’s when the insulin when packed with a set of well frozen Reusable Dry ice packs inside an insulated a Ice box or a Cooler bag will keep it just as cold as a refrigerator hence allowing you travel anywhere and everywhere without any restriction. These Reusable Dry ice packs are made to be flexible when frozen unlike our medical grade ice packs and hence can have very good surface contact to the insulin tubes when packed in a cooler bag to go away whereas the insulin pen case aren’t well insulated and wouldn’t be a great way to carry the insulin since it would compromise the integrity of the insulin .Before heading on your travel, you need to prepare the storage of your insulin. Ideally, you will have to freeze the ice packs for a few nights so it’s best to have a few ice packs always in the freezer because you never know when you are going to need it. The cooler bag must be the right size, it shouldn’t be too big nor too small. If it’s too big, the ice pack is going to melt quicker because it’s too much load on the ice pack. If the cooler bag is too small, then you will end up using lesser number ice packs which can affect the performance. If you are packing for a camping trip, usually you pack your ice on the bottom and your meat and food above it. It's best you pack your insulin not directly on the ice because it can freeze your insulin and not right on top either because it can be exposed to ambient temperature every time you reach out for something in your cooler, It's best to pack it one layer below the topmost layer, For Peace of mind its best if you can have your own little cooler bag packed with enough reusable dry ice packs or even our medical grade ice pack so you don’t have to be too worried.

Wondering how to carry insulin and medicines on a flight?

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You are not alone As you are aware the Insulin must be stored between 2 to 8 Degree C at all times hence you must prepare for your flight with the below tips

1) To ensure your are able to take the needles and insulin past the Tight security, its best to have a letter from your doctor advising about your condition and the need to carry insulin and other medication that you need to carry on the aircraft.

2) Have a Batch of Well frozen Cryolux Reusable Dry ice packs since they are less messy when they thaw out without leaving any water in your cooler bag.

3) If you have lot of room in your fridge its best you leave the cooler bag inside the fridge the previous night so you can cool the walls of the cooler bag. Alternatively, you can leave a frozen bottle of water inside the cooler bag overnight.

4) When you are just ready to leave, it’s time to pack your insulated cooler bags tight with sufficient reusable dry ice pack to last your journey. On a 12 L Cooler bag you would require approximately 3 of Dry ice sheet packs.

5) IMPORTANT–To ensure your icepacks don’t end up freezing your insulin , we recommend that you wrap the insulin in an Aluminium Foil or packaging bubble wrap with the ends left open. This will ensure the icepacks which are in direct contact with your insulin don’t freeze them but the cool air inside the cooler bag will circulate around your insulin to keep it cool.

6) Once you board your aircraft, its safe to hand over your insulin only to the Cabin crew to store in the fridge and you can pack them back in your cooler bag before you get off the flight.