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How To Make Traveling With Oxygen Easy

Oxygen therapy allows patients to maintain their independence with the ability to to be treated in their homes and stick with their normal daily routine. Those who only use supplemental oxygen while sleeping may have it a little easier, than those who use it all the time, but your activities don’t have to be limited due to oxygen therapy. You can still participate in social activities, drive around town, and even travel with oxygen!

Traveling With Oxygen

Traveling with oxygen is easier with a portable oxygen concentratorOxygen therapy at home doesn’t mean you have to stay home. While traditional oxygen tanks may be heavy, bulky, and difficult to transport without assistance, the portable oxygen concentrator (POC) provides supplemental oxygen without the hassle of maneuvering a large tank.

Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) have smaller, portable tanks that can be carried in a discreet shoulder bag. They also issue a “pulse dose” or a regulated puff of air that is triggered when you inhale. This conserves oxygen because it doesn’t flow unless you’re breathing in order to help the tank last much longer.

POCs operate with a rechargeable battery that can be charged with an AC/DC power source, making them easy to charge from any location. Plus, they pull in air from the space around you and converts it into saturated oxygen, eliminating the need to worry about tank refills.

RV/Car Travel

Driving is the easiest way to travel with your oxygen supplies. But there are a few things to remember for your trip:

  1. Find oxygen supplies along your route and take down their information so you’ll instantly know who to contact in the event of an emergency.
  2. traveling with oxygen is easy with a POC With a POC, keep the AC and DC charger cables with you. An extra battery can also be useful to have. Make sure your batteries are fully charged before leaving.
  3. Store oxygen tanks or liquid oxygen properly in the back seat or floor by placing them upright, securing them, checking for leaks before leaving, and packing extra tanks. Make sure the tanks are in their carrying cases and kept out of direct sunlight or other sources of heat.
  4. Never store your oxygen tanks in the trunk of your car where they could explode in the event of a rear-end collision.
  5. Have emergency inhalers and medications nearby in case of an emergency.
  6. Keep a window cracked to have a source of fresh air cycling through your vehicle to prevent oxygen from building up in the car.
  7. When traveling at higher altitudes contact your doctor to see if you need to increase your supplemental oxygen.
  8. Avoid flames. Don’t smoke near your oxygen tanks, or allow others too. Avoid campfires and other sources of open flames.

Bus/Trains

  1. Obtain a physician’s clearance to travel. Also, carry your prescription to provide proper documentation.
  2. Call your bus or train line about of time to learn their policies about traveling with oxygen and what additional documentation ahead of time. Many require you to notify them about carrying oxygen at least 24 hours in advance.
  3. Try to book a seat near accessible power outlets.
  4. Be sure to see how many oxygen tanks you can carry and plan ahead for delays and power outages. Different companies have varying policies with the size and weight of the tanks allowed on board.

Cruise Ships

  1. Obtain a physician’s clearance to travel. Also, carry your prescription to provide proper documentation about your condition.
  2. Contact the cruise liner three weeks in advance to let them know you’ll be traveling with oxygen and to learn their policies.
  3. Make sure you bring enough batteries or tanks to last the entire trip and bring extra equipment in the event of a delay. Know where your chargers medications, and inhaler are stored.
  4. Do not place your oxygen equipment on checked baggage. It could become lost or damaged and is often not allowed.
  5. Arrive early in case your equipment needs to be inspected prior to boarding.
  6. Make sure your batteries are fully charges before getting off the boat to enjoy shore destinations.

Air Planes

  1. Rent or qualify for a POC through insurance as oxygen tanks and liquid oxygen aren’t allowed on planes. Make sure your POC is FAA approved. 
  2. Obtain a physician’s clearance to travel. Also, carry your prescription to provide proper documentation about your condition. 
  3. when traveling with oxygen you might be able to use air plane oxygenContact your airline in advance to tell them you’ll be traveling with oxygen and to learn their individual policies. Shop around and consider different policies. Some airlines may provide supplemental oxygen and some may require you to book a second seat for your equipment.
  4. Try to obtain a seat with access to a power outlet in case your batteries need to be charged.
  5. Fully charge your batteries before leaving and carry a backup.
  6. Keep emergency medications and your inhaler on your carry on in the event of an emergency on the plane.
  7. Contact your doctor to see if you’ll need to increase your supplemental oxygen as your plane reaches higher altitudes.
  8. Give yourself extra time to go through security in case your equipment needs to be inspected and have enough power to withstand any potential delays.

Portable Oxygen Concentrators Through Insurance

Do you want to switch to a portable oxygen concentrator or rent one for the duration of your trip? Well, then you may qualify to do so through insurance! Qualify now and we’ll contact you with your options. Take advantage of our low monthly finance options or rental equipment and enjoy the freedom to travel. We will handle all of the paperwork, deliver and demonstrate how to use your equipment at your home, and handle your equipment resupply so you can relax and breathe easy.

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