User Perspective: Visiting Southern California on Oxygen Therapy

Having a portable oxygen concentrator opens up so many travel opportunities, that you can go virtually anywhere. One of the most exciting and diverse places you can go is the whole southern part of the great state of California. Short of taking a dip in the ocean, your portable oxygen concentrator will give you the freedom to explore.

Southern California is so big with so many different places, how do you even see all the things that it has to offer? You get someone who is familiar with the area to tell you about the best of the best and the things that you just have to see first. That someone today, is Janine F., a native of Carlsbad, a city on the coast. Janine has also been using oxygen therapy for a little over 5 years.

My family used to move around a lot when I was a kid, and that “nomad bug”, as I call it, never left me as I got older. I've traveled around mostly on the road around southern California, but also to a lot of other states. The furthest I've gone is to Tennessee to see Nashville, and it was all possible recently with using my portable oxygen concentrator. I'm here to tell you about the places you need to check out if you come to my home state.

Most people ask me if I've been to Disneyland. Of course! That's the most fun I've had at a theme park, and I've been to many in my 54 years of life. My husband and I recently took advantage of a cheap vacation package to stay at a Disneyland resort. Look into the discount packages. Even the cheaper hotels are pretty nice. Just make sure you charge all your batteries at night, so you're set for the day when you leave your hotel in the morning. You'll definitely be occupied!

Universal Studios can be a blast for anyone. There is most likely a movie franchise featured there that you're a fan of, whether you want to ride the Jurassic Park ride, the King Kong 360 3D ride, or the Transformers 3D ride. It's all very thrilling and your grand-kids especially get really wide-eyed. You'll also feel like a kid again, yourself.

If you need something a lot more relaxing and low-key, but with the potential for some excitement, a visit to the Santa Monica Pier is always a good time. There is an amusement park there, but walking along the pier is very nice, especially if you're with good company. Just make sure you have a comfortable carry bag, or you have your concentrator on it's mobile cart. Even though it's a pier, moving around the mobile cart is easier than it might sound.

No trip to Southern Cali would be complete without seeing LA, most specifically the Hollywood Walk of Fame with mobile oxygen. Take pictures of your favorite stars' stars to show your friends. Maybe you'll even have an closeup encounter with a real celebrity. If that happens, try to stay as calm as possible. As I've witnessed with my friends, celebrities would rather no attention be drawn when you see them.

And another great experience you need to have: a road trip along California's Pacific Coast Highway. The scenery is amazing, and it's for the most part, a relaxing drive. Just make sure your concentrator can be ran and charged on DC power, and you can enjoy it without worry.

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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