Oh no you’re not! He’s behind you!

These past few weeks have flown by and panto season is nearly upon us! Yes, today I began packing various essentials for the panto season as I will be heading away for 5 and a half weeks as of Sunday. I have never actually been on a tour for this long before or a tour where I haven’t stayed at home during it, so this year is going to be very different. Especially as I’m going away for a considerable amount of time it’s extremely important that I pack more than enough supplies for my Diabetes. There is just so much to think about!

So let’s tackle Emma’s Tour Essentials.

What am I taking on tour?

  1. First of all, I need to make sure I have enough sets of blacks to wear underneath my costumes. Taking 1 black top and 1 pair of black leggings just isn’t going to make the cut I’m afraid – Especially if you’re a top sweater like myself. Vile. I definitely don’t want to be pulling on a smelly and sweaty set of blacks day after day. Also I have to take into consideration that I don’t know when I’m going to be able to get anything washed.
  2. As above, general clothing, underwear, socks and jammas also fall under this category. I need to make sure I have enough because yet again, I don’t know when I’m going to be able to get anything washed.
  3. Jumpers. Yes, plenty of layers and jumpers. I really don’t fancy getting into the tour van at 8am and freezing my absolute neb off. So yes, it’s safe to say I’ve packed about 5 jumpers and 1 of them is undoubtedly a Christmas one!
  4. Trainers are my absolute go to. I’ve just got some really nice boots and I really don’t fancy dropping any of the tour set on them and getting them ruined! I’m probably going to wear my boots on my days off though, but absolutely not for driving around and chucking them off behind the set.
  5. I thought it would be a really great idea to take a travel flask as then I can fill it with the green tea that I have also packed and keep myself warm in the van! Genius? I think so!
  6. I must not forget my glasses as I won’t be able to do any driving for the tour! Oops!
  7. I know you can buy toiletries along the way if needs be, but I don’t fancy going to brush my teeth on the first night of rehearsals and realising that I’ve forgotten my toothbrush! So making sure I’ve got all the toiletries I need for the tour is a definite.
  8. I’ve  packed 2 towels as we don’t know where we are going to be staying and I don’t fancy being offered a grotty old towel to use.
  9. Good lord, imagine forgetting to pack your charger for your phone or iPad? They will definitely be going in the case.
  10. My immune system isn’t the best being diabetic and knowing that I will be getting up early, doing a lot of travelling, being in cold weather and going in and out of schools all the time I have packed some multivitamins to try and give me that extra boost that I might need.
  11. Medication. Absolutely imperative. Not only do I have to think about packing it all, but I’m having to do some calculations to make sure I have enough. I’ve had to place extra orders with the chemist as I don’t  actually have enough for that amount of time. I’ve actually worked out that on average I will be doing around 234 injections whilst I will be away. That’s a lot of injections to think about! On top of that I have two different types of insulin pens, needles, lancets and testing strips. So doing a bit of maths for all of those has been a necessity. I also have some eye drops and my pill to pack too. It’s not always as straightforward as you would want it to be!
  12. As being a diabetic isn’t something that everyone needs to take into account, I need to make sure that I have enough dextrose tablets in case I have a couple of hypos whilst I’m away.

There will be other bits and bobs that I haven’t mentioned here which will be items that go without saying really, but hopefully I think I’m pretty organised for now! If anyone has any other tips or items that they have found useful whilst they’ve been away on tour, please let me know or tweet me @emma_bostock.

On a quick Diabetes related note, in this months Balance magazine there is a great interview with former X Factor contestant Amelia Lily. She has been type  1 since she was 3 years old and she is also from Middlesbrough, like me. She talks very openly about her type 1 and how it’s made her a stronger person. I wholeheartedly agree with her. Type 1 has definitely made me a stronger person too. The amount of challenges that you’re faced with in your day to day life and the decisions you make all create an impact on your Diabetes.


What I would give to be on the front of Balance magazine one day talking about my Diabetes and career! It is definitely a goal of mine. We will see! Keeping my fingers crossed for sure.





Published by diabetesandtheactor

Actress, singer and type 1 diabetic.

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