A Spring Camping Trip – How One Oxygen Therapy User Does It

Spring has sprung, and many people are emerging from their homes for some much needed fresh air and some time in the great outdoors. One such especially adventurous person is Tad G., who is also an oxygen therapy patient. Tad doesn't let his need for oxygen therapy interfere with what he loves to do most – go camping out in the woods as often as possible.

“I love feeling connected with nature, and disconnect from technology and the rest of the world. I like to do it as primitive and rough as possible. I want to feel like I'm basically surviving on my wits. It makes me feel very alive and gives me the energy and happiness to go on with life, if that makes sense. In other words, if I couldn't do this, I wouldn't be a happy camper!”

We asked Tad how he manages to bring enough electrical power with him, or if he has a place to charge his oxygen concentrator at his camp site.

“I recently upgraded from the Eclipse 3 to the Eclipse 5, and it made my life so much easier because now I can charge it safely in my truck with the DC power cord.  It's a great little machine, and I can still get away from civilization for a while, which makes me happy!”

We then asked Tad how long he has been camping while on oxygen:

I have been camping with oxygen for about 4 years now.  As soon as I was told I needed oxygen, I immediately looked into portable oxygen concentrators. My Eclipse allows me to continue to do what I love, without much disruption."

If you want to go camping early on in the spring, just make sure your concentrator can be properly charged while you are out, or make sure you have charged a few extra batteries to cover the time you will need to use it while you are gone. Keep it dry, and make sure it can handle the temperatures and you can still enjoy a great camping experience!

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

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