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Planning Travel to a High Altitude Destination? Read This First!

by | Jun 29, 2022 | Oxygen Therapy Equipment, Traveling with Oxygen, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Active senior hiker on a trail in Switzerland in the Swiss Alps

You don’t have to be a mountaineer to know that hiking or even just traveling to a location at a high altitude means that the air is thinner and it becomes harder to breathe. 

For those living with lung conditions or those susceptible to breathing issues at higher altitudes who are planning travel to the mountains, you may want to consider renting or purchasing a portable oxygen concentrator.

Altitude Sickness

Even individuals who have healthy lungs deal with altitude sickness. When a person traveling from sea level to a mountainous region ascends to a high altitude quickly, Acute Mountain Sickness (more commonly known as altitude sickness) can set in, causing dizziness, vomiting, and confusion.

Be Prepared for Travel at High Altitude with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

Individuals more susceptible to breathing issues can take protective measures by bringing a lightweight portable oxygen concentrator with them on their travels, whether planning to hike or even just a casual stroll.

Portable oxygen concentrators are designed to work harder at higher altitudes to pull in more oxygen available for your use. Using a portable oxygen concentrator can make the difference between enjoying your travels or feeling held back. Or worse, it can be the difference between a healthy, enjoyable visit or a trip to the emergency room.

Why Not Use An Oxygen Tank?

If you are traveling by plane, oxygen tanks are not permitted on board. But even if you are traveling by car, lugging around a heavy oxygen tank can hold you back from the gorgeous nature hike you were looking forward to. 

Additionally, oxygen in a tank can be depleted quickly, leaving you stranded without a good source of oxygen. Alternatively, a lightweight portable oxygen concentrator provides a non-stop source of oxygen for the life of the battery. If you are planning a long day out, all you need is an extra battery the size of a cell phone rather than a whole extra heavy tank.

Learn More

OxiMedical is the oldest portable oxygen concentrator company in the U.S. and our team are experts who can answer your questions about your upcoming travel and oxygen needs. Whether you are thinking of purchasing or renting a machine or simply would like to speak to someone for more information, please call us at 855-847-4544.

1 Comment

  1. Isis Carrera-Justiz

    I have trouble w altitude I gasp for air and have to do everything ver slowly.,I’m planning a trip where I will be at 11,000 ft high and I’m concerned.