Traveling during the holidays can be fun but also hectic and stressful. There always seems to be something unexpected to throw a wrench in your plans. “Expecting the unexpected” really comes into play during these weeks before the big holiday travel rush! Luckily, there are some things you can do to plan ahead and prepare yourself for any mishaps, and to make sure your travel plans actually go as planned, as well as back you up if something does go wrong.
Do You Need a Rental?
You might not have considered renting an oxygen concentrator before, and it's not as complicated or as expensive as you might have previously thought. Do you have a home oxygen concentrator that you use for a few hours of the day? If that's working just fine for you, there is no need to flat out purchase a portable oxygen concentrator if you really don't want to, or need to. Depending on your lifestyle and oxygen needs, it might be much more cost effective to choose from one of our portable oxygen concentrator rentals for your holiday travel.
First, you will need to consult your doctor to be sure your individual needs will be met by a portable oxygen concentrator during your trip. He or she might be able to point you in the right direction as far as our portable models go. Next, you will need to contact the airline you will be flying with (if you are traveling by air) to learn of their requirements for bringing a portable oxygen concentrator on board. All of our portable oxygen concentrators are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, so there is no need to worry whether or not yours will be allowed on an airplane. You can also bring them aboard a train a boat, or a bus, as long as you have more than enough battery life.
If you are traveling by automobile, check to make sure your chosen portable oxygen concentrator rental can be charged and powered by your car or RV battery at the same time, especially if you are taking a long car trip. You should also make sure the car's battery is in top working condition, to prevent any battery drains or break downs on the road. Talk to our customer service rep if you have concerns about road travel.
Extra Batteries for Uninterrupted Travel
The main concern for your holiday travel, is making sure you have plenty of battery power to last you through any unexpected delays. Our service rep will help you decide how many extra batteries you will need for your trip, depending on how many hours you use your oxygen therapy and at which setting, and how long you will be traveling from one place to the other. Since each individual and trip is different, we make it easy and inexpensive to add as many extra concentrator batteries to your rental package as you will need.
You don't want to be stranded, or experience an inflight delay, and run out of battery power when you are getting your oxygen therapy. Our job is to make sure that doesn't happen, and that your holiday travel with your portable oxygen concentrator rental goes as smoothly as possible. You can also call one of our representatives during your trip if you have any questions.