Ask your doctor before travelingCheck with your doctor for travel clearance, especially if you've been hospitalized recently.
Complete the paperworkYou may need a letter from your doctor that verifies all of your medications, including oxygen.
Take a copy of your oxygen prescriptionYou will need to show your prescription to travel personnel, so be sure to carry it with you.
Take contact info for your:
- respiratory therapist
- oxygen supplier
- home healthcare representative
Take enough medication to last the entire tripRemember to pack all medication and supplies in your carry-on bag. Keep a list of current medications with you at all times.
Wear emergency medical identification
Contact your home healthcare companyTell them where you are going and how you are getting there. They can assist in arranging for oxygen when you reach your destination.
Know how to use your portable oxygen concentrator.Try operating it on all types of power: AC, DC, and battery. Test how long your batteries last at your dosage or liter flow level.
Contact your travel carrierCall your airline, cruise ship, or bus company before departure to check for any special requirements.
Check with your healthcare provider if you have further questions.