e-Learning Guide - Traveling with PH
This e-Learning Guide provides tips and resources for ensuring safe and happy travel with pulmonary hypertension.
This article by PH patient Raye Bohn offers a humorous look at travel mishaps and a friendly reminder to always plan ahead.
Read story (PDF).
Traveling with Oxygen?
Learn about organizations willing to provide financial, logistical and emergency assistance for travelers with medical conditions.
The Quick Travel Checklist
- Plan ahead and anticipate problems.
- Keep emergency contact numbers for your PH nurses and physicians with you.
- Ask your PH doctor for a letter describing why you need to carry your medications, pump and/or oxygen with you. If carrying oxygen, you will need a medical certificate from your doctor that describes why you need oxygen and the flow rate per minute.
- Contact the airline prior to booking a flight to determine the policies on in-flight oxygen or portable oxygen concentrators.
- Allow extra time to maneuver through the ticketing area and security checkpoints and to reach the gate.
- Use transport assistance whenever possible to and from the gates. Most airlines can arrange to have a wheelchair available at each connection point if given notice.
- Carry a “reserve” of medications with you (in carry-on luggage) in case your luggage does not make it to your final destination in a timely manner.
- Be active every one to two hours to prevent blood clots. Stop frequently or get up and move around.
- Have fun and enjoy your trip!
Looking for more information? View additional PHA resources on traveling
December 1, 2014