Travelling with oxygen
Planning is the key
Planning well in advance – at least 6 - 8 weeks – is the most important thing you can do to travel successfully.
Your travel plan should include contacting all the parties involved in your trip – including your doctor, travel provider, accommodation and Air Liquide Healthcare.
Use this handy checklist to help you plan your travel.
Starting the process at least eight weeks before your trip will allow plenty of time for all the arrangements to be made.
Talk to your doctor
- Check with your doctor about your travel plans.
- If you’re flying, you may require extra changes to your medication since the reduced air pressure in an aircraft affects your blood oxygen levels.
- You may also need additional oxygen.
- Ask your doctor for a brief medical history to take with you, listing your medications and oxygen therapy prescription. This will help if you lose your baggage or need medical attention.
Talk to your travel provide
- There are many ways you can travel – by car, bus, train, ship or plane.
- Each type of transport may require a different approach to your oxygen therapy. For example, you will need to apply for special approval from your airline.
- As long as everyone is notified well in advance you should avoid unnecessary difficulties.
- Every travel provider will have rules for the type of oxygen equipment you can use.
- Regulations will vary, but the key thing to remember is that it will take time to complete the paperwork that will make your travel possible.
Talk to Air Liquide Healthcare
We can provide oxygen equipment to most popular destinations so that your hotel or other accommodation is prepared for your arrival.
Try to arrive at your destination on a weekday. We need a minimum of two weeks’ notice for domestic travel and four weeks for overseas travel.
We also will need the following details to help you prepare:
- Travel dates and mode of travel (train, plane etc.)
- Length/time of journey.
- Travel details, including any flight, cruise or train references.
- Travel itinerary, including all addresses of hotels and travel destinations.
- Details of a contact person during travel.
- Obtain a copy of your oxygen therapy prescription
- Talk to your doctor about your plans and the use of mobility devices and portable oxygen concentrators
- Have a letter from your doctor stating you are fit to travel
- Talk to your travel provider about your needs
- Apply for special assistance from your airline
- Talk to Air Liquide Healthcare about your trip
- Plan to take spare accessories