Traveling with Oxygen

Everything you need to know about traveling with oxygen. Read up on advice about traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator, as well as ways to make it even easier and more convenient. Get suggestions for where to go, and the best things to see on your travel adventures and read stories for inspiration about how you can stay active while getting the oxygen therapy you need.
  • Traveling With COPD: Tips on How to Travel Safely

    Whether you are traveling to your local market or clear across the other side of the world, having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) means you need to take some additional steps to travel safely. While taking these steps can be challenging to cope with at first, having COPD, by no means, should stop you from traveling safely and with peace of mind. Once you get into a routine with the supplies and equipment, you will need to take while traveling, doing so will become second nature.

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  • 10 Tips for Seniors Traveling Abroad

    Traveling abroad can be the adventure of a lifetime, and allows you to experience new places and cultures. However, some seniors may have health problems, and they may find themselves in a health-related emergency. While traveling abroad can be worrisome due to health concerns, seniors can take certain precautions to prevent crises that may occur during their vacations.

    Regardless of your destination, there are several steps you can take to have an enjoyable and memorable trip overseas. Here are 10 important international travel tips.

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  • Preparing for Travel Season with Oxygen

    The weather is getting nicer, and after staying inside your house all winter, it’s time for you to go on a well-deserved vacation. Whether you’re going out of the country, planning a road trip, or going on a cruise, we want to make sure you are prepared for the travel season with your oxygen concentrator.

    As a safety measure, we recommend you test your oxygen concentrator and your batteries at least 2 months before your trip. This gives you enough time to ensure every piece works correctly and if it doesn’t, you can reach out to us and ensure your trip will be worry free and if you don’t have a portable oxygen concentrator, we also have rentals!

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  • Travel Tips for Seniors on a Budget

    Many seniors and retirees are eager to see the world, but they are also very aware of the value of money and have limited income with a tight budget. Traveling on a budget can be daunting, but with careful planning and savvy solutions, you can still have an incredible vacation without breaking the bank.

    To help we’ve compiled tips for seniors and retirees save money and get the most out of their next vacation.
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  • Christmas and Holiday Flying with a Portable Concentrator

    Are you visiting family or going on vacation over the holidays this year? If you use a portable oxygen concentrator, it could be stressful to plan your trip with oxygen, as there are many things you should be aware of before you head to the airport for your flight.

    Even though it might seem daunting to travel with oxygen, it’s vital for many people. "Oxygen can decrease shortness of breath when you are active and allow you to do more". By carrying oxygen, it can help you do the things you love, such as travel to see your loved ones.

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  • Traveling to the National Parks With Oxygen

    One of the best ways to celebrate America is by taking in the fantastic sights at its National Parks. But for those that require oxygen, visiting these prized locations may have just been unobtainable. Now, with portable oxygen concentrators, oxygen therapy users can visit any of the National Parks across the nation.

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  • International Usage of Oxygen Concentrators

    When traveling outside the USA, there are some important considerations when using an oxygen concentrator. The most important factor is the electrical supply, which differs widely in both quality and quantity; though there are some possible other considerations to consider.

    In the United States electrical current is standardized around 120 Volts AC (VAC), at 50 Hertz in either the NEMA 1-15 (Ungrounded) or NEMA 5-15 (Grounded) formats. This standard is used in several other countries as well. However, confusion and problems can arise from the exact same plug format being used in other countries with vastly different power standards.

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  • Customer Story - Emma at the Lake with a SimplyGo

    An inspirational stories from one of our oxygen therapy users. This is a customer story about Emma and her father Kevin while using a Respironics SimplyGo mobile oxygen unit on a recent family trip to the mountains and lake.

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  • Powering Your POC in the Air: An Overview of Flying with Oxygen

    One of the greatest benefits that oxygen concentrators give oxygen therapy patients is the freedom to travel, unlike in the earlier days of oxygen tanks. Standard oxygen tanks are not allowed on airlines according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, restricting the ability for those users to travel.

    In May 2009, however, oxygen therapy patients were finally allowed to take off: certain portable oxygen concentrators, approved by the FAA for airline travel, are permitted to be taken on the airplane in the cabin. Not all portable concentrators are permitted, but the list of approved POCs is extensive. Some of our most popular FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators are listed here:

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  • How to Take a Road Trip in an RV or Car With Oxygen

    If you’ve been aching to drive coast to coast in an RV or visit those relatives on the opposite side of the country, a portable oxygen concentrator can help make it happen. A standard at-home oxygen concentrator is often too bulky or doesn’t have the power capabilities to run in a car; with oxygen tanks, your car may not have the storage space to pack as many tanks as you need.

    Portable oxygen concentrators are made to be used on the go, including in cars and RVs. With portable oxygen concentrators, your main concern is ensuring that the unit can stay powered for long stretches of time. There are two options for powering an oxygen concentrator: using power from the vehicle itself or using batteries.

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