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Holiday Travel Tips for Patients with Respiratory Conditions
The holidays are just around the corner! But for patients with respiratory conditions, traveling to see family and friends can be challenging. Portable nebulizers can provide peace of mind when traveling during the holiday season.
For those who treat their respiratory condition with an at-home tabletop nebulizer, these machines are difficult to take on the go. Especially if you’re flying over the holidays, you won’t want your nebulizer to take up precious carry-on space.
If you’re thinking about taking a trip this holiday season, a portable nebulizer makes treating respiratory symptoms on the go easier and more comfortable. Portable nebulizer compressors come in a variety of shapes and sizes, they’re lightweight, compact, and convenient to carry. Portable nebulizers may be battery-powered or AC-powered, so you don’t always have to be near an electrical outlet.
From the experts at Nebology, here are a few tips to make traveling with a respiratory condition easier this holiday season.
Invest in a Portable Nebulizer Compressor
PARI makes great portable nebulizers for travel, the Trek S and the eRapid. With their compact and lightweight design, these portable nebulizer compressors are easy to carry and take up minimal space. PARI’s battery-powered nebulizers make it easier to do your treatments on the go. To treat your respiratory condition more conveniently this holiday season, invest in a travel-friendly nebulizer from a trusted provider like Nebology.
Bring an Adapter
When using the PARI TREK S, be sure you bring a 12-volt DC adapter to charge your portable nebulizer in the car. This comes in handy when you plan to be on the road for several hours at a time without stopping.
Store Your Nebulizer and Medication Properly
Many portable nebulizers come with a carrying case to keep your unit safe. Check your nebulizer medications for special storage instructions. Many may need to be stored away from heat and direct light, for example. Store your medication in a small insulated bag that helps regulate temperature. You can also put the liquid medications in plastic zipper baggies to prevent spills.
To prevent overheating or freezing when it is exceptionally hot or cold outside, bring your medication inside when you stop for food, to stretch, or to stop for the night.
Keep Your Medications and Portable Nebulizer in Your Carry-On Bag When Traveling by Air
Putting your medications and portable nebulizer in your checked baggage may seem easier at first glance. However, if your flight experiences delays or cancellations, you will not be able to access your medications. If your trip is delayed, keep your nebulizer treatments handy in case you may need them.
Put your medications and portable nebulizer in your carry-on. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) allows nebulizers to be carried in carry-on bags and exempts liquid medications used in nebulizers from their 3-1-1 rule (which restricts the volume of liquids that passengers can carry onto a plane). Be sure to let the agents know that you have prescription medications and medical equipment in your carry-on bag.
Store Your Supplies in a Bag Specially Designed for Nebulizer Equipment
The PARI Trek S Canvas Zippered Travel Bag carries everything you need to treat your respiratory symptoms while on the road. The PARI Canvas Travel Tote Bag is the perfect size to carry just what you need without being too large or bulky. If you are traveling with a child who has a respiratory condition, be sure to pack a portable nebulizer for kids in a bag that your child can easily carry without the risk of losing it.
Allow for Extra Time to Get Through Security
TSA requires you to remove a nebulizer from its carrying case and put it through X-ray screening. Allow yourself a few minutes of extra time to get through security with your portable nebulizer machine. You can leave the tubing and facemasks in the carrying case. Put the portable nebulizer and medications in a large clear bag to help keep them clean and safe during handling.
Carry Prescription Medication in the Original Containers
Your medications should bear the doctor’s prescription. The patient's name on the prescription should also match the name on the boarding pass. If your prescription calls for you to use your inhaler several times a day, the original boxes with the labels may be too large to pack conveniently. In this case, bring a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor. You may be able to print out your online prescriptions.
Bring Enough Medicine
Refilling a prescription out-of-state or out-of-country can be challenging, so bring enough nebulizer medicine to last your entire trip. If you are traveling outside of the country, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection suggests bringing enough medication for personal use, but no more than a 90-day supply.
Label Your Nebulizer Case with Your Name and Contact Information
This simple step can help you identify your equipment in hurried or confusing situations.
Stock Up on Nebulizer Compressor Parts
Having extra filters, tubing, nasal plugs, cups, and other nebulizer parts and nebulizer accessories on hand during travel is essential. Bring an extra battery pack so that you can get multiple treatments in without worrying about recharging your battery. Stock up before you go!
For more tips on holiday travel with a portable nebulizer, consult Nebology. Our portable nebulizers can help you get the most out of your respiratory treatments and travel with ease.