The holiday season is rapidly approaching and if you’re planning to travel with oxygen or other mechanical devices you use on a regular basis such as a ventilator, nebulizer or Cpap/BiPap, it’s best to plan ahead to prevent unforeseen problems.

Keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t forget your power cord! If your device can use a car charger bring that, too.
  • Get in the habit of bringing extra supplies and all attachments, even on short trips. Pack spare nasal cannulas, Cpap filters and masks, spare batteries and nebulizer kits.
  • Fully charge battery of your device before leaving the house. If you can, plug in your device when you arrive at your destination or when an outlet is available.
  • Buy or rent an extra battery for longer trips away from home.
  • Get a car charger if possible. They come in very handy.
  • If you’re flying, check with the airline to make sure they allow your device on board.
  • Consider an oxymizer or conserving device to lessen the amount of oxygen you need to use. You will need to be tested to make sure your saturation stays up while using these devices.
  • For trips away from home, know the name and location of the closest DME company that will agree to provide service should you need their help. Your home DME company will be able to help you make the right contacts.

Happy Holidays and safe travels!