Travel guide

When travelling with oxygen there are a few things to be aware of. The travel guide gives you a quick overview.

When travelling with oxygen there are a few things to be aware of. The travel guide gives you a quick overview.

When preparing your holiday there are several things that you should be aware of – especially if you need to bring oxygen or medication with you. In any case, first step is to discuss your travel plans with your doctor.

When travelling with medication

  • Keep the majority of your medication in your hand luggage, so you do not risk it getting lost
  • Make sure to have a signed certificate from your doctor explaining why you are bringing medication and/or needles and that it is only for personal use. This certificate can make travelling in and out of countries easier
  • Bring enough medication to cover your needs for the entire holiday if possible (it will help you avoid unnecessary hardships around prescriptions abroad and possible extra expenses)
  • Be aware that some medication has to stay cold all the time. If so, you can ask the airline for a special power plug for medicine storage or you can use an ice bag with icepacks
  • If you use medication that has euphoric effects or affects the central nervous system (eg sleeping pills or strong painkillers) you are required by law to bring a clearance. This so-called pill passport documents that the medication is only for your own consumption and is a part of your treatment

Read about treatment for PAP

When travelling with oxygen

  • Let the airline know that you are bringing oxygen with you – some airlines can provide the oxygen for you (often by charge)
  • Know that it is normal that your oxygen level will drop when up in the air
  • You can use an oxygen reader to keep an eye on your oxygen level
  • Many oxygen bags are easily carried around and look like normal hand luggage
  • If you need assistance in the airport you can call the airline beforehand to get the help needed
  • If you need oxygen treatment at the travel destination you should be aware that it may cost extra. Ask your doctor for advice before going away

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If you have the opportunity, it is better to pre book accommodation than being spontaneous on place. Especially if you easily become short of breath. Pictures on the internet can give you a good idea of how hotel rooms and cottages are furnished and whether or not it can be difficult to move around. For example, you might be able to determine whether there are stairs in the house or elevators in the hotel. It may be an idea to contact the hotel if you have special requests for the hotel room’s location, for example, that it is on the ground floor.

What about vaccination?

When travelling, you may be exposed to infectious diseases that can be more or less dangerous – for example when going to some countries in Africa, South America and Asia. A large number of the diseases can be prevented by vaccination or medication. If you receive medical treatment for pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) you should consult your doctor to make sure that the vaccination will not affect your medication.

At Centers for Disease Control and Prevention you can check which countries recommend what kind of vaccination.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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