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.
  • User Perspective: Visiting Hawaii While Using Portable Oxygen

    You won't find anywhere on earth quite like Hawaii. You might be picturing beautiful beaches, hula dancers, active volcanoes, and while Hawaii does have these things, it isn't all there is to it. There are many different things to do and see on the Big Island and beyond. Needing to use oxygen therapy shouldn't stop you from doing most of them. We only say “most” of them because you can't really go surfing while using an oxygen concentrator!

    Oxygen patient Mario F. lives in Hawaii and knows how to get around, as well as some of the most essential things to experience on your first, or second, or tenth trip to Hawaii.
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  • Traveling on a Greyhound Bus with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator

    Traveling via Greyhound from one point in the country to another is one of the cheapest ways to travel. If you don't need to reach your destination as directly or quickly, a Greyhound is a cheaper alternative to getting a plane ticket. This is also a great option if you only need to travel to the next state over, or just a few states over. If you need to use oxygen therapy, you can easily do so on your trip on a Greyhound bus. However, there are a few things you will have to do to make sure you can do so.

    Ben O. has traveled by Greyhound a few times with his portable oxygen concentrator, and has some firsthand experience in the whole process, and the best things to do to make it go as smoothly as possible. With just a few simple preparations, you'll be able to travel on a Greyhound just like anyone else.

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  • User Perspective: My Recent trip to New York City

    There are so many great things to see and do in New York City, one of the biggest, busiest and most popular cities in the world. If you're a tourist, the excitement of the Big Apple can be overwhelming, even for the most seasoned traveler. If you're using portable oxygen, it can seem a little more daunting.

    Take it from Candace T., a portable oxygen user who also loves to visit the City that Never Sleeps. If you're an oxygen therapy patient thinking of visiting NYC, but you're not sure where to start, Candace is here to give her oxygen user's view of seeing the sites, as well as some portable oxygen concentrator travel advice.

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  • User Perspective: Visiting Disney World in Orlando with Grandchildren

    My son was taking his family, my three grandchildren to Orlando, Florida to get the Disney World experience. When he told me he was thinking of going, I jumped at the chance. I was there when I was younger when it was much different than it is today, and of course I had to see my grand-kids faces when they saw their favorite characters walking around the park!

    I use the Airsep Freestyle 5 for my oxygen therapy, and I need to use it for most of the day. Since I knew I would be doing a lot of walking around while I was there, I went ahead and ordered a couple more external batteries to go along with my Airbelt. I already have an external battery that I use, so that made for three all together. That was enough to cover me for the flight there, which the airline was pretty strict on how much battery life I had to bring with me. Better safe than sorry, right?

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  • Users Perspective: My Trip with oxygen to Pikes Peak

    One of the things I've always wanted to do, among my very long bucket list of amazing places to visit n my life, was to hike the trails of Pike's Peak. I had read so much about this place and saw all the beautiful pictures, and I couldn't wait to go.

    I've been to a few great places already when I was younger, but Pike's Peak kept getting put off for this reason and that reason. Life throws you curve balls and you have to deal with them, and your dreams have to get pushed to the side for a while.

    One of those curve balls hit me pretty hard when I was 49 – that's 4 years ago already. I was diagnosed with COPD and had to start oxygen therapy to get my blood oxygen level back up to where it's supposed to be. I was pretty upset when I heard this news, but I also didn't know much about it yet.

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  • Users Perspective: Traveling to Yellowstone National Park with Oxygen

    My family brought up that they wanted to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park last year for the family vacation. Two years before that, they traveled to The Redwood Forest to go camping, and I was unable to go because I had oxygen tanks, and we would have had to travel by plane. This past family vacation, I was able to go with a portable oxygen concentrator rental from American Medical!

    I was sad at first, because I thought I would have to miss out on yet another family vacation. My 8 year old grandson was getting to see these amazing things, and I wasn't able to go and see them, or see the wonder on his face while he saw them. I've seen pictures of Yellowstone and I so badly wanted to go. I mentioned this to my son-in-law and he suggested that I look into getting a portable oxygen concentrator, just for the trip.

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  • 2014 American Lung Association's Run the Rocks 5K

    “Run the Rocks” is a 5K put on by the American Lung Association, to help raise research money and awareness for a variety of lung related diseases and important issues. The 8th annual 5K run/walk will be taking place on October 12th 2014 in Red Rocks Park in Morrison, Colorado. This run sounds like a lot of fun, as the runs and onlookers will be treated to live music throughout, as well as the beautiful scenery of the park. The end of the 5K run/walk is at the top of the historic amphitheater, but you'll have to climb the steps to get there.

    Even if you can't participate as a runner or walker, you can help raise money for the cause by pledging to a participant. You can do this, and find other important information about the event by visiting RunTheRocks.org. You'll be able to search for a particular team or individual participant by entering their name if you know someone who is participating, or you can just give directly to the cause.

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  • User Perspective: Visiting Chicago and Grant Park on Oxygen

    Chicago is one of the most exciting cities in the United States, and a great place to visit whether you are into art, business, food, or virtually anything else. This city pretty much has everything. It's one of those cities that you don't want to miss out on, if you want to take a road trip or to visit all the different parts of the United States. If you need to use oxygen therapy and want to visit Chicago, you shouldn't have to feel like you need to miss out on an adventure in this city.

    You don't need to go there without a clue, though. Jared P. has been using a portable oxygen concentrator for a few years now, and knows how to get around The Windy City while using it. He has a few great recommended travel destinations for your stay in Chicago, and some travel tips for using your portable oxygen concentrator, en route to the city, and while you're there.

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  • Renting a Sequal Eclipse 5 With AutoSAT

    The Eclipse 5 is the latest and best new model in the Eclipse line from Sequal. It takes all the great qualities from the previous model the Eclipse 3 (it's so much better that they skipped 4!) – the many settings and features for versatility and safety, as well as relatively light weight and small size for such a powerful machine.

    It brings along the great feature patented by Sequal – AutoSAT technology. What does this mean for oxygen users? It means the Eclipse 5 will more quickly and accurately adapt to any subtle changes in your breath rate. “Auto SAT” is just short term that refers to how it automatically makes sure you are always saturated with oxygen, the way you're supposed to be.

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  • Adventure Travel Tips for Seniors

    What Is Adventure Travel?
    Adventure travel takes you off the tour bus and into the natural world, offering physical and mental challenges that give you a new perspective on the places you visit. Adventure travel trips could include bicycling, bird watching, photography, kayaking, skiing, rafting, hiking, zip lining, para-sailing and much more.

    Should I Go on an Organized Trip or Plan My Own Adventure?
    It's up to you. There are many tour operators that specialize in adventure travel; some focus on mature travelers, while others cater to a multiage market. A few offer itineraries for persons with disabilities. If you prefer to leave the planning to someone else, an organized adventure tour might be a good option for you. If, on the other hand, you like to research all of your options and organize your own trips, a self-planned tour could be a better choice. Travelers with disabilities may wish to work with a travel agent who specializes in accessible travel.

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