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Travel Tips with Lung Disease While on Supplemental 02

19 Nov 2017
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Travel Tips with Lung Disease while on Supplemental 02

As the holidays are approaching, millions of people are finalizing their travel plans to be with their family and loved ones.

For those living on supplemental oxygen, the idea of traveling great distances can seem like a daunting task, but fear not.

No matter if it’s by land, air, or sea, it’s possible to travel comfortably while on supplemental oxygen.

For people with COPD and other lung diseases, below are some travel tips with lung disease while on supplemental 02.

The Basics on Supplemental 02

Supplemental oxygen, or supplemental 02, is used when lung function has reduced to the point where additional oxygen is needed to continue normal bodily functions.

Supplemental 02 can improve mental alertness and stamina, and prevent heart failure in people with severe lung disease, such as emphysema.

Supplemental 02 comes in two forms: compressed oxygen and liquid oxygen.

Compressed oxygen is more common and comes in tanks, while liquid oxygen comes in truly liquid form – achieving greater portability, but with a shorter shelf life.

Air Travel Tips with Lung Disease while on Supplemental 02

Travel Tips with Lung Disease while on Supplemental 02

Check with your primary physician: Before you book any travel plans, make sure to check with your primary care provider to see if you are physically fit for air travel with lung disease.

Get there early: Supplemental 02 or not, getting through airport security can be challenging.

Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get through security without feeling rushed to make a flight.

Choose a direct flight: Avoid the hassle of changing flights to make a connecting flight by securing a direct flight.

If a direct flight isn’t an option, try to secure a flight where you don’t have to get off the plane.

Check your oxygen levels when in the air: According to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, some people may become hypoxemic, or suffer from low levels of oxygen, during air travel.

A simple pulse oximeter reading while in high altitude, at rest, and during activity can determine how much oxygen is needed during the flight.

Also, keep in mind that air pressure drops as altitude increases.

Car Travel Tips with Lung Disease while on Supplemental 02

Travel Tips with Lung Disease while on Supplemental 02

Keep your portable power supply chargers handy: Keep your AC and DC power supplies on you while traveling.

That way there will be no fear of running out of power.

Properly store oxygen tanks: Position the tanks in the upward position and check for leaks before embarking on the trip.

Research oxygen suppliers along your route: In case of emergency, keep the contact information of several portable oxygen suppliers handy.

Boat Travel Tips with Lung Disease while on Supplemental 02

Travel Tips with Lung Disease while on Supplemental 02

Contact your cruise provider: Alert your cruise provider that you will be traveling with supplemental 02.

That way they will brief you on their particular guidelines and procedures.

Obtain a prescription and doctor’s release form: Most cruise lines will ask for release forms from your doctor approving you for travel.

Bring ample amounts of oxygen: Do not risk cutting it close by bringing the bare minimum number of oxygen tanks required.

Bring as many as you can in case of emergency.

Keep these travel tips with lung disease while on supplemental 02 in mind as you travel, and enjoy taking a family vacation.

If you or a loved one has COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of cellular therapy options.

Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about cellular therapy.


  1. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Carol Ann,

    Thanks for your comment. We recommend discussing this with you doctor and asking your doctor about what kinds of oxygen therapy could work best for you. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Carol Ann Ketchum

    1 year ago

    I can’t use regular oxygen,gives me terrible headaches only kind I can use is kind I used in oral surgeon’s office water to air,it felt wonderful,where can you get this type,for home Use?

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  4. D. Hoffner

    2 years ago

    Your life will never be what it was.
    The best treatment and gift you can give yourself is the lung institute. No present day insurance will not cover this treatment. But don’t give up, contact the institute about payment. And see if they are considering opening a clinic near you, it cuts down the expense if you can drive.
    My grandson wanted to go to a special school but didn’t have the money, he contacted all his relatives and asked for help, he went to the school.
    There is always a way you just have to find it.
    Pray for help. God is very helpful.
    The sooner you go the more it will do for you.
    I wish you well and abundance, I will pray for you too.

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Doris,

    After doing a Google search for hypoallergenic nasal cannulas, we found these resources. It’s best to read about these resources and then take your research to your doctor for his or her advice. Because your doctor knows you and your health the best, your doctor will be able to help you.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Doris hoffner

    2 years ago

    I am on oxygen now and have a problem with the canullas. They mostly are manufactured in foreign country’s, like Mexico. I am irritated by the chemicals that emit from them when I open the package. I have asked my provider for chemical free canullas and they ignore me. Can u tell me if and where I can get them or buy them. I don’t want to be exposed to any more than I have to in my own environment . Thank you,

  7. Check your area for PMG studies. Lots of free studies.
    I am in one now. They pay you too.

  8. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Joan,

    First off we’d like to start off by saying we appreciate you sharing your story with us and we’re sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. Although this procedure is not currently covered by insurance, for detailed information on the procedure, its costs, and the general process, you’ll want to speak with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. Their wealth of knowledge on the subject should be helpful to you and your journey for better health. For more information please contact us at 1-855-313-1149.

    Thanks for your inquiry Joan and we look forward to hearing from you,

    -The Lung Institute

  9. Joan Salisbury

    2 years ago

    I recently had to go on oxygen which has changed my life style. Im not able to work and I dont qualify for ssi. Having a hard time adjusting. I have copd, asthma,emphsema. I smoked for over 40 years. I dont know if my insurance would cover this treatment, but I would like my life to be normal again

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