Tips For Travelling With Oxygen
Travelling with oxygen by car or other forms of transport may appear daunting at first. With a little planning, it can be easy and safely arranged.
Before you begin to plan any travel, you need to look into the restrictions when it comes to traveling with oxygen.
You’ll first need to get clearance from your Doctor or Respiratory Nurse for travel, this may be in the form of a fit to fly test if you are travelling by air.
You’ll want to have medical advice to help with your travel plans. You may also need your doctor to sign a letter for the airline, train, bus or cruise line you’ll be travelling with.
After you’ve obtained a Doctors' clearance for travel, you’ll need to know the regulations and restrictions of travelling with oxygen.
Whether you're travelling by car, bus or plane, there will be some important rules to follow and practical things you can do to make travelling with oxygen. This will make the whole travel experience as easy as possible.
Travelling With Oxygen By Aeroplane
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that any person travelling with oxygen submit a letter from their Doctor or Respiratory Nurse stating their need. The FAA has approved several Portable Oxygen Concentrators and allows airline passengers to carry them on the aeroplane.
POC's (Portable Oxygen Concentrators) work by filtering nitrogen from the air and delivering concentrated oxygen to the user. As the devices do not carry compressed oxygen, they aren’t considered hazardous to flight safety.
Be sure to check with your airline well in advance of your flight to see what their rules are and to make necessary arrangements.
Travelling With Oxygen Cruise Lines
If you’re planning on a cruise, you might be surprised to find how easy most cruise lines make travelling with oxygen. Most cruise lines will allow you to bring your own Oxygen Concentrator on Board. Portable Oxygen Concentrators are multi-voltage and will operate between 110 volts and 240 volts. If you're bringing your own mains Oxygen Concentrator you will need to check the onboard voltage with the Ship before you travel, many Cruise Liners are registered in the USA and are 110 Volts, meaning that your current 240-volt Oxygen Concentrator won't work on board.
Travelling With Oxygen By Train, Eurostar or Bus
Bus and trains lines vary in their rules and regulations. Most bus lines will allow passengers to carry portable oxygen, but you’ll need to check with them in advance travelling. Some train lines may allow you to bring Portable Oxygen on board. Always call the bus or train line you’re planning to use far in advance of your trip, so you can plan accordingly.
Battery Life Durations
Below shows the battery life for our range of Portable Oxygen Concentrators included are flow rates of up to 6 LPM Pulse Dose, some of these machines may be able to exceed the Flow Rates stated below but are not in the chart.
Please note that these are approximations of the battery life and may vary depending on the age and condition of the battery.