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Happy International Picnic Day!

Outdoor picnics are a summer-time tradition for many folks giving people an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while sharing a delightful meal with those they love most. As a prelude to summer, picnic enthusiasts from around the world are rallying together on June 18 to celebrate International Picnic Day.

If your oxygen concentrator has kept you from enjoying an outdoor picnic with family and friends, consider the very portable, Inogen One G4. Slender and featherweight at only 2.8 pounds, the Inogen One allows you to approach the summer season head-on by giving you the gift of mobility that traditional oxygen concentrators don’t.

As you prepare for International Picnic Day, here are a few things you may want to include on your packing list:

Don’t forget the sunscreen – Prolonged exposure to sunlight, while often enjoyable, does not come without a downside. People who spend too much time in the sun are at greater risk for skin cancer.[1]  The Centers for Disease Control and prevention recommend using sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection [2] when exposure to sunlight is inevitable.

Remember a wide-brimmed hat – In addition to sunscreen, wearing a wide-brimmed hat will reduce your risk of heat-related injury by protecting your face, head, neck and ears from the harmful rays of the sun.[3]

Drink plenty of water – Infants and children, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses are at greater risk for dehydration and heat-related injury, especially when exposed to extreme heat.[4] Symptoms of dehydration range from mild to life-threatening, but initially manifest as excessive thirst, headache and dizziness.[5] Reduce your risk of heat-related illness and injury by packing plenty of bottled water in addition to your beverage of choice.

Use insect repellant generously – It’s not surprising that the tasty treats in your picnic basket attract more than just your family. Unfortunately, bugs like picnics too! Although most insects pose little threat when they bite or sting you, certain bugs, like mosquitoes, can transmit disease. Additionally, people who are allergic to insect bites or bee stings can suffer severe, life-threatening reactions when bitten or stung by certain insects.[6] Protect yourself and your family by applying insect repellent generously before leaving for your picnic. Remember to re-apply if your picnic includes a dip in the pool or swim in the lake or ocean.

Pack more power with an extra battery – Nothing cramps your style more than running out of oxygen in the middle of a good time. Equipped with an optional double battery, the Inogen One gives you the opportunity to extend your time away from home up to an additional 8 hours. You can’t get any better than that!

Now that you’re ready to go, dust off your picnic basket, grab your Inogen One portable oxygen concentrator and head to the nearest park, beach or lakeside retreat to commemorate International Picnic Day. Whether a romantic meal for two or an edible feast for family and friends, picnics are the perfect excuse for a pleasurable outing.


[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skin Cancer Risk Factors. Updated March, 2013.
[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skin Cancer Prevention. Updated March, 2013.
[3] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skin Cancer Prevention. Updated March, 2013
[4] Mayo Clinic. Dehydration Risk Factors. Updated 2011.
[5] Mayo Clinic. Dehydration Symptoms. Updated 2011.
[6] Web MD. Insect and Spider Bites. Last reviewed 2012.

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