Traveling with Oxygen

Whether you are planning a short car trip or a journey across the states, oxygen therapy does not have to keep you at home! By planning ahead and following the steps listed
below, you can travel safely and enjoy a holiday weekend, a family reunion, or a long awaited vacation.

Five Simple Steps to Traveling with OxygenPassport and Globe

  1. Call your doctor

    A successful trip is one that your doctor has determined would be safe for you to make. Since your physician knows your oxygen liter flow and other prescribed medications, it is important to consult with your physician first.

  2. Let Oxygen One know!

    By speaking with one of our patient care specialist, they will help you in deciding the type of equipment necessary to fulfill your oxygen needs.

    Please be prepared to share the following information:

    • When you are leaving and returning
    • Location of your travels
    • How you are traveling (train, plane, car, bus, etc.)
  3. Carry your prescription

    Oxygen is a drug and is regulated by the FDA therefore it requires a current prescription. Plan to have extra copies available to provide when necessary.

  4. Confirm you plans

    Confirm your arrangements one week prior to leaving, including equipment rental and preparations.

  5. Have fun!

How are you traveling?

Auto / Motor Home

everFloGoVanWhen traveling by auto, it is important to determine the approximate length of your trip (in hours, days) and the number of stops you will be making. It is best to plan for a 20% safety margin in case of any unexpected problems or delays. Your Patient Care Specialist can answer any questions you may have to help determine the oxygen supply you will need.

Auto Travel Checklist

  1. Map out your route. Consider the length of your trip, number of overnight stops, length of each day's drive and any rest stops
  2. Plan your stops to refill your oxygen supply.
  3. On longer trips or trips in rural areas, consider carrying a back-up oxygen supply for extra security.
  4. Avoid driving through areas with high elevations as this may cause difficulty breathing.
  5. Secure all oxygen units in an upright position in the automobile. Ensure they will not fall over.
  6. Do not store oxygen tanks in your car or anywhere in extreme heat (temperatures exceeding 120° F)
  7. Keep your car windows slightly open to allow for ventilation.

Airplane

Each airline has regulations regarding use of oxygen in flight and what equipment can be brought aboard. A very select few airlines do have the option to rent oxygen directly from them during the flight. However the preferred method is the use of a Portable Oxygen Concentrator (POC's). Some airlines only allow the use of certain POC models. Before reserving seats on a particular flight, contact the airline to see what their specific regulations are.

Airline Websites

American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways

Airline Travel Checklist

  • Be prepared to make several phone calls to the airline as each airline has specific rules and regulations regarding POC use or oxygen rental. Some airlines require special forms or letters from your physician prior to travel.
  • Fly non-stop if possible. Whether you are renting oxygen from the airline or using a POC, you will avoid extra charges and hassles of having enough oxygen.
  • Notify the airline of any other special needs including a wheelchair at the gate. Even if your mobility is not impaired, using a wheelchair to go from the gate to the baggage claim will save your breath.
  • Re-confirm travel plans with the airline at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Always carry 1-2 current written prescriptions with you! Do not place these in your checked bags.
  • Carry an extra cannula, tubing, and connector in your carryon baggage as extra insurance.

Bus / Train

Traveling by bus or train is another way to enjoy your travels. Passengers who need oxygen may carry it on board. However, there are limitations to the quantity and size of tanks allowed. When making travel plans make sure to discuss this thoroughly prior to making reservations.

Bus and Train Websites

Amtrak, Badger Bus, Greyhound

Checklist

  • Always carry a written prescription with you.
  • Be sure to contact the cruiseline/busline 72 hours in advance to confirm final plans and the use of the oxygen. Make sure that you are prepared to follow any requirements that they deem necessary.
  • Map out your route. Consider the length of your trip, number of overnight stops, length of each day's drive and any rest stops.
  • Secure all oxygen units in an upright position. Ensure they will not fall over.
  • Carry an extra cannula, tubing, and connector in your baggage as extra insurance.

Cruise Line

When cruising by sea, please contact the cruise line you intend to use. Most cruise lines allow the use of medical oxygen, but may require 4-6 weeks advance notice. Passengers are generally required to make their own arrangements for oxygen. However, there are some cruise lines that do offer rental medical oxygen. When making travel plans make sure to discuss this thoroughly prior to making reservations.

Cruse Line Websites

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Oceania Cruises

Checklist

  • Always carry a written prescription with you.
  • Be sure to contact the cruiseline/busline 72 hours in advance to confirm final plans and the use of the oxygen. Make sure that you are prepared to follow any requirements that they deem necessary.
  • Map out your route. Consider the length of your trip, number of overnight stops, length of each day's drive and any rest stops.
  • Secure all oxygen units in an upright position. Ensure they will not fall over.
  • Carry an extra cannula, tubing, and connector in your baggage as extra insurance.
 
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