Let’s face it: when you have difficulty breathing, the thought of traveling far from home can feel like an ordeal, and sometimes even scary. But if you plan and prepare well, you may find it easier to get out once in a while.

Whether it’s by plane, train, or bus—for a weekend or an extended trip—these traveling tips can help:

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Make a
plan

Make sure you have your medications (inhalers and pills), water to take them with, and a list of local doctors and hospitals where you can get help if needed.

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Be an early bird

Arrive well before departure time so you don’t have to rush and risk having a shortness of breath episode.

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GO DIRECT

Choose direct flights or trips whenever possible to avoid exhausting layovers and long travel days.

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LOWER YOUR THINKING

If you’re on a bus or train, request lower level seating in advance so you don’t have to climb any stairs.

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WATER
WORKS

Stay well-hydrated during your trip by always having water on hand.

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SPEAK UP

Tell your travel carrier in advance about your condition and possible oxygen use.

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LUGGAGE WITH WHEELS

Use bags/suitcases with wheels so it is easier and less physically taxing to move around.

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TAXI, PLEASE

Ask for a transport cart or wheelchair so you don't have to worry about getting to your gate on time.

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PICKUP
ON ARRIVAL

You can ask a flight attendant or at the front desk for assistance while traveling.

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SLIDE, DON’T DRAG

Walk on non-carpeted areas to make it easier to wheel your luggage around.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION