How to travel with oxygen?
How to travel with oxygen, is a common question/problem for people who are suffering from respiratory diseases.
If you (or your family member) are on oxygen therapy and you want to know how to travel with oxygen we are here to help.
Travelling with supplemental oxygen usually is possible.
As technology evolves more services are offered worlwide and new devices are created, making patient’s life much easier.
New devices like Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC) are light, easy to carry and can be used, during your all-day activities but also when you ‘re travelling by car/taxi, by plane, by boat etc.
Νew services are created to improve the quality of life of patients with respiratory problems. Nowdays it is possible to plan your trip with supplemental oxygen worlwide from your phone/tablet/laptop.
You can travel with oxygen by airplane, by car, by cruise ship, by train etc.
No matter which means of transportation or destination you will choose, there are some things that you should do before you travel with oxygen, in order to have a safe and carefree trip.
- Visit or talk to your doctor to inform him/her about your trip and the weather conditions there (humidity, temperature, altitude).
- Make at least one copy of your medicine and oxygen prescription and always have it on you.
- Do a research for doctors and hospitals at your destination in case you need it.
- Make sure you have all the medicine you need.
- Always have an oximeter on you and check your oxygen levels regularly.
- Check your destination’s climate. High humidity, extreme cold, extreme hot and air pollution can make breathing even more difficult or/and can worsen your symptoms.
- If you ‘re travelling abroad, check if your insurance covers you in case of emergency.
- If you are using oxygen tanks, always have more than you will usually use.
- Fully charge all your batteries.
- Be sure you have the right power convertors/adaptors.
- Take your cpap or bipap machine with you, even when you’ re not planning to stay the night.
- If you want to travel with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC oxygen) try to book a Seat/Cabin with Power Outlets. You will be able to plug your unit in and preserve your battery life.
- Always be prepared for possible delays and have extra oxygen/batteries with you.
- Read our guides about travel with oxygen
How to travel with oxygen by airplane
If you decide to travel by airplane and you are on oxygen therapy there is a list of things you should do, to be fully prepared for you trip. Can i take oxygen on a plane? Is my Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC oxygen) approved by the airlines? Check our list with 280 airlines oxygen policy. What to do before/during the flight. Travel with oxygen by airplane safe and carefree.
How to travel with oxygen by car
Travelling by car might be the simplest and best way for people who use supplemental oxygen to travel. Read our guide about travelling with oxygen by car/taxi/bus.
How to travel with oxygen by cruise ship?
Cruise is a relatively restful and refreshing choice of travel, as many amenities are offered during the trip. Most of the Cruise lines, allow travelers who use supplemental oxygen to bring their oxygen devices or even oxygen tanks/cylinders on board and use them throughout their trip, making cruises suitable for people with respiratory diseases. Can i take oxygen on a cruise ship?
How to travel with oxygen by train?
If you have decided to travel with oxygen by train keep in mind that your trip may take several hours or even days, so be well prepared and try to travel with a companion. Here is a list of some things that you should do in order to travel with oxygen by train safe.
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