#1 Talk your doctor before traveling
#2 Have travel paperwork completed
Get a letter from your doctor that verifies all of your medications, including oxygen.
#3 Have a copy of your oxygen prescription
#4 Don't forget to carry contact info for your:
- Respiratory therapist
- Oxygen supplier
- Home healthcare representative
#5 Have enough medication to last the whole trip
#6 Keep some type of emergency medical identification on you at all times.
#7 Call your home healthcare company
#8 Make sure you know how to use your portable oxygen concentrator.
#9 Call your travel carrier
Call your airline, cruise ship, or bus company before departure to check for any special requirements.
#10 Check with your healthcare provider if you have further questions.
Traveling By Airplane
Direct flights are recommended whenever possible. By doing this, you will not have to board and disembark from the airplane with your oxygen concentrator multiple times. Layovers may also increase your total flight time which will, in turn, require you to have more backup batteries.
Here is a list of some of the major airlines and links with their policies regarding portable oxygen concentrators:
Alaska Airlines Travel Information
United Airlines Travel Information
American Airlines Travel Information
Delta Airlines Travel Information
Frontier Airlines Travel Information
JetBlue Airlines Travel Information
Southwest Airlines Travel Information
Virgin American Airlines Travel Information
Atlantic Airlines Travel Information
Air Canada Airlines Travel Information
Hawaiian Airlines Travel Information
U.S. Airlines Travel Information
West Jet Travel Information
Traveling By Automobile
During the hot summer months, cars can get well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit inside. It is not recommended that you leave your unit in a hot car when not in use. Many of the portable oxygen concentrators have sensitive technology that could be damaged by being exposed to intense heat for a prolonged period of time.
Traveling By Cruise Ship
The cruise line will need:
- Letter from your doctor
- Some medical history
- Current oxygen prescription
Medical recommendations sourced in part from my.clevelandclinic.org
Here is a list of some of the major cruise lines with links regarding the policies on oxygen:
Carnival Cruises Travel Information
Disney Cruise Lines
Disney Cruise Lines Travel Information
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean Cruises Travel Information
Princess Cruises Travel Information