Travel is such an exciting experience and when you are not travelling domestically with medical oxygen flying internationally means you just need to prepare a bit more so that you are fully prepared for travel with medical oxygen.
Here is our guide to help you prepare for that exciting new trip across the waters via aeroplane:
It is advisable to book your flight as early as possible. Not only does this give you enough time to plan and arrange your oxygen needs but it also confirms that the airline is able to make arrangements for your medical requirements for travel as some airlines only allow 1 passenger per flight to travel with oxygen.
Plan your oxygen requirements in advance too, contact your OxygenWorldwide team member who can send you a quote upon request and book all your oxygen needs in your desired location using their extensive network and expertise.
Contact your accommodation provider or where you are staying to let them know you are travelling with oxygen just so they are aware as some deliveries may arrive early.
Finally make a visit to your GP to confirm you are fit to fly and travel to your chosen country and have everything you need medically to ensure a swift check in and on-boarding journey.
If you want to find out more please read our FAQ’s on our website for more information
Its that time of year when the summer vacation or trip across the waters is much closer that planning can commence! With research on things to do, places to see and the final itinerary those who travel with oxygen also have a checklist that cannot be left unplanned.
Here is our top 5 quick tips for those travelling with oxygen:
It is always best to plan as far in advance as possible at least 2 months prior to your holiday. This will allow you enough time to organise oxygen at the destination plus plan and confirm any documentation you may need from your GP.
Check temperature levels of your holiday destination so you can pack appropriate clothing. If hot make sure you keep yourself cool with a sun hat and if cold make sure you pack lots of layers to warm yourself up.
Plan according to your mode of transport whether this is car, train, or plane. Each mode of transport has rules whilst travelling. Especially air travel you may need to obtain ‘fitness to fly’ certificate.
Check that you have the correct volumes and amount of oxygen to last the duration of your holiday – if you are unsure then speak with your oxygen company to check and confirm.
Consider any allergies you have and medications you take. If you are allergic to feathers, ask the hotel if anti-allergy bedding, pillows may be available and also make a note of your medication just in case you happen to fall ill on holiday.
Our experienced and friendly team can answer your questions, queries on getting oxygen and travelling with oxygen in many languages. Do give them a call on email or online enquiry here they will be happy to help!
It’s time to pack and for some this may mean very careful planning but with our experts at @oxygenworldwide we can help remove a lot of stressful planning when your essentials include medical oxygen.
Flying on aeroplanes can take away energy cause fatigue, dry out skin and dehydrate you. When traveling remember to not cause yourself too much stress and plan in advance, book taxis or transport to the airport in plenty of time and make sure airlines are aware of any requirements in advance such as dietary conditions or special assistance needs.
Make sure you always carry some water on you to stop dehydration and make sure you move around a bit to keep your circulation moving especially when travelling long haul and to any of these countries that we also deal with regularly when delviering oxygen.
It is highly recommended to carry any important or recent medical records, in case you need to be seen by a different provider while traveling.
And if you aren’t feeling well, it might be worth putting off air travel.
When organising your trip use our FAQ section that will help answers a few of those questions all in one place. Also if you have any queries please do get in touch as our team are on hand to help when travelling with oxygen.
Winter is here and we all notice and feel it from dark evenings even closer to putting on that cosy pair of socks when you get home. Most of us find it eady to stay at home during these months of the year but some may opt to travel to see relatives and friends during the festive season. Whether staying wrapped up indoors or planning a trip make sure you have followed preacaustios to stay safe when you have your oxygen equipment with you.
Keep your medical oxygen unit at least 8-10 feet away from these heat sources to prevent explosions from the highly combustible concentrated oxyge
Chapped lips and dry skin are unfortunate marks of the season. When you’re picking a lotion to replenish parched skin, stay away from petroleum-based ointments. These substances can create violent reactions with medical oxygen, leading to burns around areas of application. Opt for aloe vera, cocoa butter, or water-based products instead, especially for dry nasal passages.
But what about spare tanks? Never store them in cabinets, closets or other unventilated areas, next to heat sources, or under curtains, clothing or fabrics. If a cart to store the oxygen tank upright is not available, store tanks flat on its side and safe from rolling. Store empty tanks separate from full ones.
Your tubing is prone to cracks when transferring from heat to cold quickly, so tuck them carefully inside of your clothing. Additionally, an abrupt drop in temperature creates damaging condensation in your tank, so bundle your device into a blanket or thermal covering before you step out of the house to retain heat.
If you are planning to travel abroad then OxygenWorldwide offers help when going away with medical oxygen. There is always someone available to contact if you have anything to be questioned or your oxygen tank is not 1000%. The 24 hour service is for our clients and one of our expert team members is always on hand to help.
Becca Blond’s story of how she was able to travel again when she discovered how her dogs helped her from her anixity disorder and panic attacks.
Her self-written article really helps show how animals do help to keep humans calm. The story is very heart-warming that has allowed her to travel and see the world again.
Read how Bobbi, Becca’s dog helped her…
Around three years ago I had a panic attack — which also makes my blood pressure shoot up — during a routine check-up at O’Donnell’s office. My ex had driven me to the appointment that day and was waiting outside with one of our rescue dogs, Bobbi. O’Donnell suggested I bring the pup inside, as I usually feel calmer in the presence of my dogs. With Bobbi next to me, my blood pressure returned to a more normal level and the anxiety began to recede.
Here at OxygenWorldwide we treat all our customers not just like a number. We as a team have been looking after our customers to travel with no stress with medical oxygen in over 50 countries across the globe.
Many of our customers travel with COPD, asthma, bronchitus, respiratory problems to name a few and are delighted that our services help them have their long awaited vacation, visit their loved ones many times a year.
Travelling with medical oxygen seems complicated but speak to one of our advisors and the dream can become a reality.
If you are planning to travel abroad and need essential medical oxygen as part of your trip. Look no further as OxygenWorldwide is here. Our team have been helping customers travel with oxygen for over 25 years…
A great resource over at COPD.net on the safety tips of travelling with oxygen. Do’s
DO fill the portable tank carefully, if using liquid oxygen. Liquid oxygen is extremely cold and can injure your hands, if frost should develop.
DO carry your portable tank only in the case supplied with it.
DO use a cart or holster to carry portable oxygen cylinders.
DO keep your oxygen delivery system out of the bright sunlight or other heat sources.
DO secure your tank, cylinder or portable concentrator so it does not roll around in the car. Liquid tanks should never be laid on their sides; portable cylinders may be.
DO bring extra batteries to power your concentrator.
DON’T put a portable tank inside a backpack or other carry bag.
DON’T place your tank, cylinder or portable concentrator in a car trunk or other tightly enclosed space.
There are quite a few DO’s for you to remember and t is always best to be prepared before embarking on a week or two away on holiday. Any advice needed on arranging oxygen please do just speak with the team at OxygenWorldwide.
Exercise is a fanastic way to help strengthen muscles and improve heart function all at the same time. It will also give a person overall health benefits and motivation to feel good.
So how does this help you if you have a condition like asthma?
There are breathing exercises that, like aerobic exercises, can strengthen the lungs to relieve asthma symptoms or, in some cases, even prevent the recurrence of asthma attacks.
To make up for the lessened functionality of the lungs through asthma, the body uses other muscles for breathing – such as your neck, back and chest. This, however, doesn’t assist with breathing; it only adds more stress to your body, which is not good for people living with asthma.
With the following breathing exercises, asthma patients can strengthen their lungs and, thus, improve their breathing.
Pursed-Lip Breathing With a pursed lip, breathe into your nose and breathe out at least twice through your mouth.
Belly Breathing Breathe into your nose and breathe out through you mouth at least two times. Make sure that each exhale is as long as your inhale. This helps with training your diaphragm to do most of the work while breathing, which builds up the strength to fill and empty your lungs.
If you begin to feel dizzy while practicing any of these exercises, stop immediately.Once you feel better, try again. If the dizziness continues, you should contact your doctor for help.