Why Frio Keeps Me Alive

Cazzy Magennis
Written By:
Cazzy Magennis
Last Updated:
April 10, 2020
If you are diabetic and wanting to travel, whether it be a short trip, an overnight stay, or a round the world adventure, you need Frio in your life.
Frio bags

Dear Frio, I love you.

I have no idea how a diabetic would survive abroad without it! If you haven't heard of Frio before, let me fill you in on their awesomeness!

Frio bags are basically a form of pouch to keep your insulin at a perfect temperate. I have used them since my first ever travelling trip to Paris & they made me reassured my insulin was safe, and meant I could enjoy my trip worry free! 

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They have 4 amazing benefits.


(18-26°C (64.4-78.8°F) which is the required temperature for in-use insulin. Remember Frio is for during journeys- always store your insulin in a fridge at each destination! 


Comes in a range of colours, and easy to store and carry around. My favourite is red! 


The wallet can be ''re-activated'/'topped-up' to provide continuous safe storage conditions for subsequent periods of 45 hours minimum for up to 28 days (one month).



Frio bags last up to a 12 month minimum and even longer depending on how much you use and care for them! So treat them with love. They love your insulin!

They give you peace of mind that even in a warmer climate, your insulin can stay safe at a temperature that will usually kill it!

Transporting different types of insulin

Did you know...Different insulins have different life spans? I didn't! But I did a little research and thought it would be interesting to share with you the variety across brands! See if you can spot yours! These include vials & pens! If your insulin isn't on the list, let me know and I can add it!


Humalog logo

Unopened vials, cartridges, or injection pens may be stored at room temperature for up to 28 days, away from extreme heat and bright lights.

Do not refrigerate an in-use cartridge or injection pen.

This is the insulin I use, and Frio is the perfect solution to keeping your insulin at the correct temperature within this 28 day period!

Remember;throw away any insulin not used within 28 days- it won't work and wreck havoc with blood sugars! (I have tried this)


lantus logo

Unopened Lantus vials should be stored in a refrigerator at 36–46°F (2–8°C) and opened vials should be used within 28 days.

I used Lantus as my long-acting insulin back when I was on pens; Frio again solves the problem of keeping it cool!


novo logo

During use or when carried as a spare, store below 30°C. Do not refrigerate. Do not freeze. Maximum shelf life of 4 weeks.

One particular pen: Flexpen claims up to 6 weeks- but I would suggest sticking to 4, to be safe!


levimer logo

Vials must be kept in the refrigerator or at room temperature below 86°F (30°C) for up to 42 days.

Remember Frio works for up to 38 degrees!

So….Frio works for ALL!

Top tips for travelling with Frio when you are feeling anxious:

  • ‍Advise the airline you are travelling with. Most airports and airlines are used to diabetic travellers using Frio (because why would they travel without one!), but if you are worried, call ahead! 
  • Frio bags cannot go into the ‘hold’ luggage! Insulin can freeze in the hold and be completely ruined! Never ever ever risk it, or if your main baggage is stolen, you will be left without insulin. It should be carried in your hand luggage.
  • GP's letter: I've recommended it in the “Airports & travelling” post, but always take a letter from your GP (or a prescription) stating your requirement to carry insulin & translate to the language of origin if it’s predominately not English
  • When you check-in at the airport advise the the check-in clerk that you are a carrying essential medical equipment - your Frio bag and have your GP's letter or your prescription to hand.

Happy Travelling!

**Remember to always consult your DSN/GP before making any travel plans & discuss any issues & concerns you may have.**

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