Early planning and careful preparation are the keys to an enjoyable trip. The following tips should help you plan and prepare for any trip. Contact your physician to make sure your proposed trip is medically safe and to obtain additional copies of your prescription to take with you.
Wright & Filippis can provide you with a list of out-of-state providers that can assist with getting oxygen refills along your driving route or at your final destination. Have cash available to pay for oxygen refills, supplies or equipment.
IF TRAVELING BY CAR/R.V.:
• Remind passengers not to smoke in the car.
• Securely fasten the tanks.
• Keep a window partially open.
• Do not store oxygen in the trunk of the car.
• Do not store oxygen in an area where the temperature will reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
• In a recreational vehicle, do not store oxygen near an open flame.
IF TRAVELING BY BUS/TRAIN/SHIP:
• Contact the reservation office for specific information about the use of oxygen and special accommodations.
• Most companies require at least two weeks notice if you are going to be using oxygen on your trip.
IF TRAVELING BY AIRPLANE:
• Most companies require at least four weeks notice if you are going to be using oxygen on your trip.
• Ask your physician what flow rate to use during your flight.
• Request or book a direct flight, if available.
• Most airlines require you to use their oxygen supply on the plane.
• If there are layovers, ask if the airline will supply oxygen during that time.
• Ask what the airline will charge for oxygen during the flight.
• Arrange for your oxygen supply at your final destination.