5 steps to easy travel with oxygen

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These steps have been updated from a popular blog published in 2012.

The 5 steps to successful travel

#1 First start with speaking with your doctor so you are “fit to fly”. You will not be able to carry your own medical oxygen containers on-board with you, so you will have to use oxygen provided by the airlines for the duration of the flight.

#2 Secondly we would suggest you call the airline directly advance of your flight. Ask to speak with special services or the medical department to check requirements.

#3 Next, confirm that you meet the requirements of the carrier and that they can provide the flow of air you need and whether or not they will provide you with a nasal cannula or mask.

# 4 Confirm all of your arrangements by phone at least 48 hours before your flight boards and make sure to go over all of the rules and regulations that the airlines give you. Typically, the airlines will direct you to a website with rules for those traveling with medical oxygen or they will send you a pamphlet in the post.

# 5 Then of course if you are not travelling via aeroplane then these same steps apply if you are traveling by train or cruise ship. Coordinate with your common carrier beforehand to avoid headaches. If cruising, make sure to contact the company prior to purchasing tickets, since many cruise lines will not allow oxygen tanks on board.

If you would like assistance with arranging all your travel medical oxygen needs then please do contact Oxygen Worldwide today. Our team are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and also speak many languages.

Enjoy your travels!

Holidays with oxygen therapy

This is possible. It does not have to be stressful and out you off from venturing further afield. Although you will need to organise and have more preparations it will all be worth it for exploring other countries, making memories and meeting up with others across the globe.

The main top tips from our experts are:

  1. Speak to your doctor first and make sure you are fit to fly
  2. Speak with your mode of transport company either the airline, ferry or train company with your requirements
  3. Contact the team at @oxygenworldwide either online or via telephone
  4. Arrangement for your destination can be arranged, organised and quoted from the OxygenWorldwide team who have been doing this for over 20 years
  5. There is also a 24 hour service so you have no worries whilst abroad
  6. Relax, pack and plan your itinerary for your trip
  7. Time to get excited!

I need oxygen for my holiday

holiday and medical oxygen

Firstly make sure you are well enough to travel and if you are unsure you should check with your doctor. Planning your holiday is exciting and do not let arranging medical oxygen put any downer to this feeling.

As long as you remember to choose wisely where you are traveling to and plan in enough time you will have a fantastic and stress-free time.

You can use the OXYGENWORLDWIDE request form to ask all questions and arrange your oxygen needs around the world. Go on what’s stopping you get planning!!

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3 tips for you and your oxygen

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  1. Always plan ahead; whether you are going away for a short day trip or a long vacation. Always plan your oxygen needs in advance to allow time for suitable arrangements.
  2. Speak with others in forums or through specialists teams – these will give you good guides, tips and advice on the best services, hotels, at home tips with your medical oxygen.
  3. Don’t let it stop you. Always stay as active as you can at home and out and about. Portable medical oxygen allows patients to have a normal life and its so important for your mental wellbeing to see friends and enjoy your hobbies.

If you are travelling with oxygen or planning to at some point; feel free to see our range of resources and links over at OxygenWorldwide and speak to our specialist team for enquiries and advice. They have over 20 years experience of travel with oxygen across many countries.

When flying why is medical oxygen such a challenge?

Preparing for a holiday, trip abroad or even for work can be relatively straight forward for most; passport, luggage and camera. But for those who require medical oxygen it is not as simple as taking your own extra item with you when boarding an aeroplane and moving across countries.

Do not fear as there are experts who can help and leave you to pack your things. It can become confusing to understand different policies, rules across airlines and then having medical oxygen provided at your accommodation is another service to research and book. It is unfortunately not cheap and therefore you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe and efficient service. You would not want your time away to be spoilt especially having help on hand as these machines can fail and need to be replaced quickly or fixed.

Speak to the team at @oxygenworldwide who can help plan, book and have your medical oxygen delivered to most countries across the world. The team also offer a 24/7 service so that if anything does go wrong they are on hand to put it right for you. With all the expert knowledge and relationships built with suppliers for over 20 years you can trust our team and have one less item to worry about.

Head over to our contact us page to find out more.

5 Tips before travelling with medical oxygen

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  1. Before travel speak with your doctor to make sure you are fit enough for the journey you are planning
  2. Check covid rules and restrictions of the country you are visiting
  3. Make sure your passport is valid and has enough validity for the destination
  4. Organise your medical oxygen well in advance to give enough time for quotes, booking and arrangements
  5. If you choose to fly check with your airline before booking for oxygen on-board

For help, quotes and arranging medical oxygen at your chosen holiday destination simply complete this form online here.

These airlines now require no masks whilst on-board

This week there was a green light for the travel industry and passengers to and from the UK. After such a difficult two years throughout the pandemic, finally this week there was good news. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced an easing of mask wearing on their flights from UK. The UK has had an easing of restrictions since the beginning of the year and now with more people feeling safe to travel again there was even more change.

Now if the destination does not require mask wearing on public transport then this will not be compulsory on these flights for passengers. Of course if you wish to wear a mask you can and on board these flights staff will also wear mask when needed for those passengers who prefer.

There will still be a need for mask if the destination still has this rule in place. A step forward for getting the travel industry back on its feet.

Please check with your airline if you are planning to travel but also this week Heathrow airport also announced mask wearing was not compulsory apart for in close situations throughout the airport.

Tui and Jet2 have also followed with this change for England and N Ireland flights. Scotland and Wales still require mask wearing so this will still be in place for those locations.

Please do check before travelling and if you are still unsure about this change you are still welcome to make that personal choice.

If you are travelling and in need of medical oxygen please do contact our team for a quote.


What is medical oxygen?

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Oxygen therapy, also known as supplemental oxygen, is the use of oxygen as medical treatment. Acute indications for therapy include hypoxemia, carbon monoxide toxicity and cluster headache. It may also be prophylactically given to maintain blood oxygen levels during the induction of anaesthesia. Wikipedia

Medical oxygen as a term has become much more well-known since the pandemic with the crisis of oxygen needed globally due to Covid-19. This form of oxygen allows many patients to have the ability to take in oxygen and be able to do many daily things that we take for granted such as move around, light exercise and even travel with medical oxygen and see the world!

Medical oxygen is prescribed for patients suffering from COPD, chronic asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.

To read more resources please do visit OxygenWorldwide for information on medical oxygen and travel.


Staying warm and well this winter

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Winter is here. For many its a time to get excited for all the festivities as we warm up for spending time with loved ones, take a break or have some time out to see out the end of another (tough) year. But for many it can anticipate worry, anxiety and even cause for concern if you have a respiratory disease such as asthma, COPD or bronchitis. Many will be short of breath, coughing more or even not wanting to leave the house to avoid worsening conditions especially in times where coughing and having a cold makes many even more wary with Covid-19.

The best advice is to Keep Warm and to Keep Active. These two elements will help you be less severe and stay away from worsening your conditions. And the most important piece of advice is if you are unwell please do speak with you GP or doctor for further advice. Leaving the house may give many anxiety but a short walk in your local area and getting fresh air is so important for your physical and mental health.

Staying warm is important to keep your body temperature up. Carefully plan your ability to keep you house warm, wear extra layers of clothing and even thick socks and long-sleeved tops. Moving about will help to keep your temperature warm and strengthen those lungs which is very important at this time of year.
You may be travelling this winter to visit or be with your family so please do speak with our team for advice and arrangements to allow you one less thing to worry about when arranging medical oxygen on holiday.

3 tips to help manage COPD

With World COPD just passed it is still an important month to continue raising awareness of COPD.

The most important action you can take it taking care of yourself as you main goal each day. There are some simple day to day changes you can make to help manage this respiratory illness to help improve day to day life and management.

walking outdoors helps to stay healthy
  1. Exercise – Now not everyone can or wants to exercise but walking and keep moving helps with breathing plus makes you healthier at the same time. It is important to take that morning stroll, walk to the shops or just meet friends and walk around parks and see the outside.
  2. Sleep – Everyone needs a good nights sleep but sleeping well each evening will help you get up for that walk each morning and start the day right. Lack of sleep will make you feel lethargic and not want to do anything.
  3. Look after yourself – with ‘you’ being the number one priority you must make sure you are looking after your mental health as well as your physical. Anxiety will decrease and also talking to others will help you feel better and express your feelings with other people.

For those who need medical oxygen to improve their breathing take a look at our resources and other articles over on our website here.