Even if you don’t have a portable oxygen concentrator, that doesn’t mean you aren’t able to travel. With proper planning and precautions, you can travel as much as you want. Don’t let anything stand in the way of you seeing loved ones near and far.
Do Your Homework Before Leaving
If you are going to be far away from your home doctor, it is a good idea to scout out a doctor and pharmacist you can reach in the area you are staying in - should you need to go in or get any replacements. This will help you travel with some peace of mind knowing that oxygen will be available wherever you go. If you are traveling for a long time, you also may want to look in potential places to stop along the way to refuel the tank if needed.
Travel by Car
One of the benefits of a normal oxygen concentrator is that they are light enough to take with you in the car or train. However, you may want to be sure that you will have no issues with transport. If you think you may need assistance, it’s time to seek a travel companion. Thankfully, most oxygen concentrators are now built to be lightweight, even if they aren’t technically portable. You can use them as if they are. Be sure you have the proper power outlets available. There are many adapters that can be used, but a portable backup may be a smart choice, should you need to rely on one powered by a battery. You should also be sure you are in a well-ventilated vehicle.
Travel by Cruise Ship
If you’re going on a cruise, good for you! There are many people with oxygen that sail out on the big old blue. You will want to be sure you have permission from your physician to see if you need to bring your own oxygen or if the cruise line provides it for you. They are accustomed to this, so be sure to give them a call to see how easy they can make the process.
Travel by Plane
Traveling by plane takes a little more preparation, as most airlines will not let you fly without a portable tank. You will need more letters of approval to fly. First, you will need a doctor to sign off on your travel to submit to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The airport will also require proof of need for the oxygen supplies as you go through security. It’s a good idea to call them ahead of time to ensure that you are meeting their expectations. Realize that the altitude will be changing and you need to have backups in case anything should go wrong. This means having an extra battery and extra oxygen. One of the benefits of having a portable oxygen concentrator is that you are able to take it everywhere, unlike a normal oxygen concentrator that cannot be allowed on a flight.
Don’t let your oxygen concentrator keep you from traveling and living your best life. Contact us today for yours!