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.
  • 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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  • Guide to Flying with an Oxygen Concentrator

    If you need to use a portable oxygen concentrator for traveling by air, there are some special considerations you’ll want to make.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doesn’t allow passengers to bring portable oxygen tanks or liquid oxygen on board, so if you require oxygen during a flight, you’ll have to use a portable oxygen concentrator.

    In a continuing effort to educate oxygen users about traveling and flying with oxygen, we’ve created this guide to assist in planning your next flight. By planning well, you can ensure you that you can have an enjoyable and successful trip.

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  • 2017 Senior Vacation Destination Getaways for Phoenix

    Phoenix is an exciting destination to visit for senior travelers. With its warm weather, bright sunshine, amazing desert scenery and sightseeing destinations Phoenix provides you with the perfect setting for taking along your portable oxygen concentrator. If you want to get the most out of your vacation in Phoenix, make sure you stop by the following hotspots.

    For breathtaking views, drive up to Dobbins Point on South Mountain. As the largest municipal park in the United States, Dobbins Point offers a majestic panorama over the Phoenix Valley. You can go during the day and enjoy a picnic, or go in the evening for a sunset viewing you’ll never forget. Keep in mind that the road to the top of South Mountain is windy. Hiring a driver might be a good option if you tend to get nervous behind the wheel.

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  • Taking your Portable Oxygen Concentrator on a Cruise Ship

    As a patient who requires oxygen, it may seem that your travel options are limited, but this couldn’t be further from reality. Cruising with a portable oxygen concentrator can be an easy endeavor; with the correct preparation, you’ll find using oxygen on a cruise ship doesn’t differ much from how you deal with it at home. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to properly prepare to use a portable oxygen concentrator to enjoy a fantastic cruise.

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  • Senior Vacation Destination Ideas in Miami

    Miami offers the ideal climate and plenty of sightseeing for senior travelers. With Miami’s flat sea-level location, you’ll find plenty of sites and entertainment perfect for taking along your portable oxygen concentrator. Let’s take a look at hotspots and fun you don’t want to miss in Miami.

    First, head to South Beach, the heart of Miami, with its Art Deco style. Stay in one of many hotels of that era. Check out the famous Raleigh Hotel, with it’s curvy pool, named the most beautiful in America by Life Magazine in 1947. Do you love old Esther Williams movies? Many of them were filmed here! The Delano was Miami Beach’s tallest building when constructed in 1947. It’s still one of Miami’s hotspots, and ranked by the American Institute of Architects as one of the association’s favorites. The Clevelander is located in central South Beach and recently underwent an intensive, expensive overhaul. Park Central is a Deco hotel marked by a gorgeous, brightly lit lobby, just a few steps from Ocean Drive’s nightlife scene. It has a wonderful rooftop terrace, plus a pool located in front of the hotel, in true Art Deco style.

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