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Traveling with Oxygen for the Holiday Season

by | Dec 13, 2022 | Travel, Traveling with Oxygen

Traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) during the holiday season can be a challenging experience. However, with some careful planning and preparation, you can make the trip as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are 10 tips to help you travel with a POC by plane or car during the holiday season:
  1. Plan ahead and check with your airline or car rental company to confirm their policies and procedures for traveling with a POC. Some airlines may require advance notice and documentation, so it’s important to check with them before you book your flight.
  3. Make sure your POC is in good working order and fully charged before your trip. Pack extra batteries or a charging device in case your flight or road trip is longer than expected.
  5. Bring a copy of your doctor’s prescription for your POC and a letter from your doctor explaining why you need oxygen therapy. This may be required by some airlines..
  7. Pack your POC in a carry-on bag so you can keep it with you at all times. This will make it easier to access if you need it during your flight, or need easy access to it during a road trip. You may also want to bring a travel oxygen concentrator bag to protect your POC and make it easier to carry.
  9. If you are traveling by plane, let the airline know you will be bringing a POC and request a seat with easy access to an electrical outlet. This will allow you to plug in your POC if necessary.
  11. Don’t have access to a portable concentrator that you can travel with? Consider renting one for a fraction of the cost. Find out more information here.
  13. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol or caffeine, which can dehydrate you and make it harder for your body to use oxygen.
  15. Bring any other necessary medical equipment or supplies with you, such as medication, a pulse oximeter, or extra cannulas and oxygen tubing.
  17. Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, including the use of a POC. This can give you peace of mind and provide financial protection in case of unexpected medical expenses during your trip.
  19. Be prepared for unexpected delays or cancellations. Have a backup plan, and make sure you have contact information for your airline and hotel in case you need to make changes to your itinerary.
  By following these tips, you can make your holiday travel experience with a POC smoother and more enjoyable. Remember to plan ahead, be prepared, and stay safe during your trip. Happy Holidays!