If you love the outdoors, you shouldn't have to miss out on one of the biggest adventures this spring and summer – hiking through a beautiful wooded park. You might be thinking about going on a short hike which requires not much gear or supplies, or a long hike that might even include some camping. Either way you want to go, you can take your portable oxygen concentrator along with you as long as you are prepared.
If you don't normally use a portable oxygen concentrator and you want to go on a hike, you will need to check with your doctor to find out which portable model meet your oxygen needs. You should also make sure you are physically up to the task, and you aren't putting yourself in any danger on your hike.
This way, you can let your doctor know exactly what you are doing, and can prescribe you the dosage you need accordingly. He or she may also give you advice on pacing yourself so that you can hike for longer amounts of time, or suggest that you bring a hand held pulse oximeter with you. You can use a lightweight and small pulse oximeter to monitor your blood oxygen level, to make sure you are in fact getting the oxygen you need while you are hiking.
Just make sure you have your spare batteries all charged up and ready to go when you set out! You should bring more than enough battery power with you when you set foot in the woods – more than enough for what you will need during the time you will be out. This is extremely important, because you do not want to be going without your oxygen dosage, especially not while you are exerting yourself.
If you need a continuous flow dosage of oxygen 3 LPM or less, you're in luck. The lightest and smallest portable oxygen concentrator that has the capacity for 3 LPM is the SeQual Equinox. The Equinox is only 12.8 lbs and is just a little over 1 foot tall. You will need to use mobile cart to carry it with you, but the mobile cart itself is also lightweight and extremely easy to maneuver. You won't have a hard time pulling it along with you on the more tame and flatter hiking trails.
Smaller portable oxygen concentrators are perfect, as long as they meet your oxygen needs prescribed by your doctor. The AirSep Freestyle 5 is great because it is only 6.6 lbs, and has a maximum pulse dose output of 750 ml/min. These can be carried around with their lightweight and adjustable carry bags.
If you only need 332 ml/min or less, you can go with the even smaller and lighter Freestyle or the Focus. Since the batteries are smaller and thus hold less charge, you will need to bring along the AirSep Battery Pack or the AirSep AirBelt, which are just 1 or 2 lbs respectively. These supplemental batteries will add 3 a lot more time to your battery life, so you won't need to worry about it while you are out on the trails.