- Buy a small refrigerator for your dorm room to keep supplies and snacks inside, also it is nice for pop and water and left over food.
- Buy a large supply of quick carbs so you do not run out, store them under your bed.
- When going out with friends make sure at least one person knows you are diabetic and what to do in case of a low.
- As lame as you may think they are, medical bracelets are really helpful for being away in a strange place with people who may not know you are diabetic. If you have a low, an emergency responder will look for a medical tag or bracelet. They have new and sleek medical jewelry available.
- Always have extra supplies, especially two meters in case of malfunction. Have at least a three month supply of supplies when leaving for college.
- Having copies of insurance and prescription cards incase you lose your wallet is a safe bet.
- Set up a meeting at the beginning of the year or before you move in to the dorm with your Resident Assistant (RA) to go over emergency procedures. Offering to leave a glucagon kit in their hands is never a bad idea, incase of a severe low.
- While visiting colleges, visit their health centers for more information on what is available to you as a student.
- Have your endocrinologist fill out a paper stating that you are type 1 diabetic and that it is necessary to have a 504 Plan. Bring your paperwork to the disability office at your college to set up a 504 plan which is beneficial to have when you have health problems regarding your diabetes that may affect your class attendance or grades.