Inogen’s 2014 Holiday Travel Guide

Getting oxygen concentrator users where they want to be this holiday season

The Holidays are right around the corner. Your holiday travel plans are probably in the works, if not already set in stone. And you’re not alone: this holiday season will see the most travelers taking to the roads and skies since the recession hit in 2008. An estimated 24.6 million passengers will fly over the Thanksgiving holiday alone, up 1.5% from 2013. And with gas prices down significantly, the roads should see plenty of activity this holiday season as well.

Inogen portable oxygen concentrators make it easy to travel, but there is still plenty to consider along the way.

Do you have a portable oxygen solution, or are you a stationary concentrator user?

If you have a POC, then use this guide in addition to the traveling resources provided in order to develop a sufficient travel plan this holiday season.

If you have a stationary oxygen concentrator, consider a portable solution and read this guide as a way to get familiar with life using a POC.

Traveling By Plane

The FAA has approved every Inogen portable oxygen concentrator, so there is no worry there. The key is knowing the duration of your flight so that you know how much battery life you will need from your concentrator. Also, many airlines want to know of your condition ahead of time so that they can accommodate you. This will sometimes include granting you access to a power source, so that your concentrator does not have to rely solely on battery.

The size of your concentrator shouldn’t be a concern, as it can fit comfortably on your lap or on the ground in front your seat.

Here’s the full resource for traveling via plane with an oxygen concentrator.

airplane wing



Traveling By Train

The most important factor in train travel is the duration of the trip. Many train rides are only an hour or two long if you’re traveling from a city to a suburb or vice versa. In those instances, your concentrator has more than enough battery life for the trip. It’s still important to be fully charged at the outset of the train ride, however. In those shorter rides, arrive early enough to get a seat, as seats are not guaranteed on many rail lines and they often fill up quick around the holidays.

For longer trips, more coordination with the rail carriers is required. For instance, Amtrak has certain guidelines that portable oxygen concentrator users need to follow:

  • You must notify Amtrak of your need to bring oxygen aboard and make reservations in advance. Please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Amtrak requires at least 12 hours notice in advance of your train’s boarding time of your need to bring oxygen aboard.
  • You must have medical necessity to bring oxygen aboard.
  • Your oxygen equipment cannot rely solely on train-provided electrical power.

It’s also important to ensure that the employees of the train company will help you find an electrical charger when you arrive for your trip.

Here’s the full resource for traveling via train with an oxygen concentrator.

Traveling By Automobile

open road


Traveling by car with portable oxygen allows you a little more freedom, because you don’t have to check with anyone but yourself and your fellow passengers. There are still challenges, however. Electrical outlets aren’t as readily available in cars as they are on trains, but most cars are equipped with DC outlets. That’s where a DC adaptor comes in for your concentrator, allowing you to stay charged during the trip.

G3 DC Power Supply

If you have to take a car trip before you’re able to get a DC adaptor, be sure to have your concentrator fully charged and be aware of how much battery you have left at all times. If need be, it may be necessary to stop off and find a place that will let you re-charge.

Traveling By Boat

Got a tropical cruise on the horizon this winter? That’s great! You just need to take care of a few things to make sure there’s nothing but smooth sailing.

All cruise ship cabins will have electrical outlets, so you should consider this area your headquarters for re-charging. As always, be sure to call the cruise line ahead of time and notify them that you’ll be bringing a portable oxygen concentrator on board. Each cruise line may have slightly different guidelines or recommendations.

Here’s the full resource for traveling on a cruise with portable oxygen concentrator. 

What Do The Users Say?

Here’s what users have been saying about their traveling experiences with the Inogen One portable oxygen concentrators:

“All the airlines are now familiar with your product and allow them to be carried on their planes. Again, thanks for helping me enjoy the quality of life I could not have had without the Inogen oxygen concentrator.”

– Dr. Michael J.C.


“I found the Inogen to be easy to use, easy to care for and able to get me from coast to coast in an airplane without the need of changing batteries!”

– Sarah G.


I thought I would fill you in on my latest trip to Germany. The trips are really getting a lot easier now thanks to my Inogen. 

-Hilde H.


“Since we have always traveled a great deal, I felt my days were over. Thanks to Inogen, I have been able to continue going over seas.”

-Elye S.


“Thanks to Inogen Inc. I can now go. No more oxygen bottles to lift in and out of the car.” 

– Reva R.

However you travel, wherever you go, safe travels this holiday season and enjoy your mobility and freedom!



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