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Planning your Travel with Lung Condition

All travel is possible for lung patients, provided they plan for it well!


Before the Trip….

Plan your location

Choose warm weathers

Check altitude & terrain

Check accessibility

For international travel, check vaccination requirements of the country


BEFORE BEGINNING ….

  • Get your doctor’s approval

  • Start planning several weeks in advance. Avoid stressful last-minute situations. Refill prescriptions & obtain any necessary medical documents from your physician

  • Contact your oxygen provider, if on oxygen. Enquire about oxygen suppliers at the destination area & keep their contacts close

  • Make detailed packing lists

  • Double check your bag after packing to check for essentials

  • Carry comfort aids like pillows

  • Medications should be easily accessible

  • Pack emergency medications in a carry-on bag. This includes pain medications and inhalers

  • Choose proper accommodations suited to your requirements. Check for facilities like stair free access, wheelchair availability etc.

  • Carry sanitisers, masks, hand wash. Protect yourself from additional infections

  • Carry warm clothes, scarves etc. to protect yourself from cold

  • Wear comfortable clothes in travel

  • Keep a bottle of water handy. Keep yourself well hydrated

  • Keep a list of emergency contacts with you at all times


FOR PATIENTS ON OXYGEN ….

  • In addition to the general instructions, make sure you take note of these…

  • Contact your oxygen provider, if on oxygen

  • Enquire about oxygen suppliers at the destination area & keep their contacts close

  • While choosing accommodations, make sure they have extra sockets to plug oxygen

  • Check whether accommodations have a strong backup in case of power outage

  • Carry extra oxygen tubes. Make sure your oxygen concentrator is serviced & clean

  • Carry oxygen apparatus

  • If carrying a portable oxygen concentrator, carry extra batteries, keep them handy

  • Carry enough batteries to last you for the entire travel journey & 1.30 hours extra

  • Double check your bag after packing to check for essentials

Plans are nothing. Planning is everything!


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