It’s nearly summertime and for many that means traveling to your favorite vacation destinations. Summer vacation trips can be great fun, but can be quite taxing physically for anyone that requires a portable oxygen concentrator (POC) on their travels. With only a handful of ways to safely, securely and legally travel with a portable oxygen concentrator, here are some tips on how to travel with yours this summer.
Where Are You Going and How Are Getting There?
Obviously, your destination and your mode of transport are important factors in your travel plans. For example, if you stay relatively close to home, a couple of hours on the road is much easier to plan for than, say, an international itinerary with multiple flights and/or cruise ships that could take quite a significant chunk of time.
Once you figure out where you’re going and how you’re getting there, you need to calculate the amount of time you’ll be traveling since your portable oxygen concentrator runs on batteries, and you’ll want to make sure to have an ample supply on the road, in the air or at sea.
Sorry, But It’s Policy
New amended FAA safety rules no longer prohibits liquid or compressed oxygen (aka “hazardous” materials) on the plane, and while you can go through the Gates of Hell TSA, there are specific FAA-approved POC systems allowed in-flight, which is also at the airline’s discretion. United and American Airlines have their respective checklists for disabled travelers needing their portable oxygen concentrators.
If your POC isn’t on the list, then you’re grounded. Sorry, but it’s policy. You know, because you can’t be too careful these days with all those elderly terrorists that need a POC to breathe walking around (with assistance). Check with your airlines before booking your flight.
If you have any issues with taking your personal POC on your travels, you can always rent portable oxygen concentrators. Without your portable oxygen concentrator, your vacation would be a bust, and the rental fees are a small price to pay to enjoy the fun and sun this summer. Now traveling with your portable oxygen concentrator is easy and convenient so you can breathe easy and enjoy your travels this summer.
Hopefully these tips will help you plan a fantastic summer vacation. If anyone has any tips for traveling this summer with a portable oxygen concentrator, let us know.