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Traveling with PH

This e-learning guide provides tips and resources for ensuring safe and happy travel with pulmonary hypertension.

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!

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Give it a Listen …

Traveling With PH     Traveling With Your PH Child

PHA Classroom offers a helpful recording full of tips for you to consider when traveling with PH.

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Whether by plane, car, bus or train, traveling with PH can be tricky for families. This webinar will give you the tips you need for planning a smooth vacation.

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Looking for more information? View additional PHA resources on traveling


Patient’s Perspective

This Pathlight article by PH patient Raye Bohn offers a humorous look at travel mishaps, and a friendly reminder to always plan ahead.

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Need Assistance?

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